MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate Health and Wellbeing

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The MSc Health and Wellbeing programme emphasises the need to develop high quality health and wellbeing services for all ages across the health and social care sector. Through critical analysis of theory, research, policy and legislation you will be supported to advance scholarship and practice. A culture of interprofessional collaboration will be fostered through the provision of opportunities to learn with, from and about others. Knowledge and skills gained could enhance your continuing development, improve your performance at work and benefit the organisations that you work for now and in the future.

You can undertake the programme in stages initially working towards a Postgraduate Certificate then a Postgraduate Diploma, before completing your Masters qualification. If you do not wish to complete the full Masters, you can choose to complete either a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, depending on the module credits you accrue.

The MSc Health and Wellbeing is designed to be a flexible and responsive course, meeting the learning and development needs of health and social care professionals. This course has been designed for those working in a range of roles and service contexts and is open to both experienced and newly registered health and social care practitioners.

You are recommended to commence your studies with the Enhancing Health and Wellbeing module.  This module will introduce you to the core theoretical concepts related to the promotion and enhancement of health and wellbeing, and you will be supported to reflect upon your career to date, considering how you would like to progress in preparation for your learning journey ahead.  This initial support will prepare you to take control of your learning throughout the rest of the programme. 

The modules you undertake next can be chosen from a range offered within the Canterbury Christ Church University postgraduate portfolio, your choice of modules will reflect your learning and development needs and where relevant those of your supporting organisation.  If you opt for the generic programme award title, e.g. MSc Health and Wellbeing, the choice of modules is up to you; if you opt for a MSc with negotiated endorsement e.g. MSc Health and Wellbeing (plus negotiated endorsement) then you will need to identify modules that can demonstrate your learning in relationship to this endorsement in conjunction with your academic tutor and these will need to be agreed by the Exam Board.

Where a specific option for a topic you want to study is not offered within the portfolio of postgraduate modules, you can opt to study it a bespoke manner, by undertaking the Negotiated Learning module.  This module provides the opportunity to study at and for work with the support of an academic supervisor.

You will complete your MSc programme of studies with the research modules.  You will undertake two modules – the Research Approaches and Methods module (RAM) which develops knowledge and understanding of research methods, followed by a Dissertation or Project.  The aim of the research modules within your programme are to enable you to develop sound knowledge and understanding of different research approaches and methods which will enable you to plan and undertake a substantive dissertation or project in a topic relevant to your profession.  At the end of these modules you will be able to produce clear aims and objectives for your study and be able to select and evaluate key research and other evidence.  You will be able to select and justify a study design or methodology and be able to analyse and interpret relevant data.  You will be able to reflect on the processes undertaken in carrying out a dissertation or project and discuss findings in relation to theoretical perspectives and your professional practice.

Compulsory modules

Enhancing Health and Wellbeing

This is a compulsory module, which will preferably be studied as the first module of your programme. This module introduces you to postgraduate studies in health and wellbeing. The module will support you to examine the current and anticipated challenges facing health and social care, evaluating how structures and processes within different systems can affect health and wellbeing outcomes. Within the module you will be encouraged to critically reflect on how your practice could be transformed to meet those challenges. Within this module you will be provided with an orientation to university services such as the universities library and academic learning and development services in order to support you on your journey through your post graduate studies.

Research Approaches and Methods (RAM)

This is a compulsory module; this is required to be studied prior to undertaking your Dissertation. The aims of this module are to develop your knowledge and understanding of research approaches and methods in relation to research questions and enable you to develop a plan/proposal for a dissertation/project which has professional relevance and appropriate academic rigour.


Pre-requisites : You must have passed the Research Approaches and Methods (RAM) module or equivalent.

You will need to undertake either a 40 or 60 credit Dissertation, depending on your negotiated programme of study.  The aim is to enable you to plan and manage a piece of work which demonstrates a critical understanding of the processes undertaken in order to produce a dissertation/project of professional relevance with appropriate academic rigour.  The dissertation/project may be an empirical research study, a critical evaluation of practice/literature review or a systematic review.

A 40 credit dissertation/project is differentiated from a larger 60 credit work by a more limited opportunity for synthesis of contemporary literature.  The scope of the dissertation/project should however, include a critique of the methodology and study design.  The range and scope of the data collected reflects the time available for the study.  The 40 credit Dissertation/Project allows the student to appraise outcomes in relation to professional practice.

A 60 credit dissertation is differentiated from the smaller 40 credit work in that there is an increased opportunity for synthesis of contemporary literature.  The increased scope of the study enables you to undertake a more detailed methodological critique in the selection of the study design.  The range and scope of the data collected reflects the increased time available in which to undertake the study.  The 60 credit dissertation/project allows you to make a detailed appraisal of outcomes in relation to professional practice.  

Optional Modules

Administering Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy

The aim of the module is to prepare you to administer and care for individuals receiving Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT). The SACT Administration Pathway aims to develop your ability to safely deliver systemic anti-cancer therapy and provide appropriate supportive care to the patient and their significant others. Whilst undertaking this pathway you will be expected to complete the Skills for Health (2011) Competencies for Chemotherapy: CHEM 1, 7, 8, 13 and 19.

Skills for Health (2011) Chemotherapy available at [accessed on 03/02/14]

Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Examination

Pre-Requisites: You should be working in an environment which can provide appropriate learning opportunities and the support of a Critical Friend and Practice Assessor who will support the learning of key clinical skills and who will also be involved in the final summative assessment of these skills – this should be confirmed in a supporting letter from the employer/Trust.

The aim of the module is to facilitate the development of advanced health assessment skills which enable you to undertake and manage complex patient presentations in their area of clinical practice.

Advanced Kidney Care 

The aim of the module is to develop advanced knowledge of the theory and practicalities of, providing high quality compassionate care for clients with chronic kidney disease and acute kidney injury in line with critically analysed evidence-based practice. 

The module will explore the management of the complications of chronic kidney disease from the potential for prevention, including early detection and management, preparing the patient for dialysis through to conservative management, the dialysis modalities and transplantation.  The management of acute kidney injury will be explored from the process of diagnosis through to treatment and recovery. 

Advancing Knowledge and Skills for Neonatal Care

Pre-Requisites: To have completed the module ‘Introductory Knowledge and Skills for Neonatal Care’.  You must be working on a local neonatal unit or neonatal intensive care unit.  This might mean a secondment from a special care baby unit for the duration of the module.

This is the second of three modules, which once all are completed form the Qualification in Specialty recognised in neonatal care settings.  It will build on the knowledge and skills developed in the first module and apply them to increasingly more complex neonatal conditions.

Advancing Practice

The aim of this module is to facilitate you to appraise and reflect on the role of the advanced practitioner in relation to your professional background and work context. 

Cancer Care

The module aims to prepare you to support people affected by cancer, through an exploration of cancer development, treatment and supportive care.  The module will also develop your understanding of the psychosocial implications of cancer.

Cardiac Arrhythmias and 12-lead ECGs

Pre-Requisites: You must work in a clinical area where there are frequent opportunities to interpret 12-lead ECGs.

The aims of the module are to enable you to detect and identify a range of complex cardiac arrhythmias and 12-lead electrocardiograph (ECG) abnormalities, to appreciate the clinical significance of findings and have a detailed understanding of the patient management required.

Caring for the Acutely Ill Adult

The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of assessment, pathophysiology and management of the acutely ill adult.  The module aims to develop new insights into the way in which acute care can be managed to improve holistic care and the patient experience.

Complex Knowledge and Skills for Neonatal Care

Pre-Requisites:To have completed the module ‘Introductory Knowledge and Skills for Neonatal Care’ and ‘Advancing Knowledge and Skills for Neonatal Care’.  You must be working on a local neonatal unit or neonatal intensive care unit.  If on a local neonatal unit, secondment for a period of time to a neonatal intensive care unit strongly recommended for some or all of this module. 

This is the third of three modules, which once all are completed form the Qualification in Specialty recognised in neonatal care settings.  It will build on the knowledge and skills developed in the first 2 modules and apply them to the care of the sickest and most complex infants and their families within the intensive care setting.

Contemporary Issues in Acute Care Settings

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop critical insights into the political, economic, social and technological aspects influencing current issues in acute care practice.  Acute care practice will be explored by considering the International, National and local agendas related to contemporary issues.

Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care Law and Ethics

The aim of the module is to enable you to examine and reflect upon the relationship between legal and ethical principles, procedures, reasoning and approaches to decision making and practice in the field of health and social care.

Decision Making in Professional Contexts

The aim of the module is to allow you to develop an in-depth understanding and awareness of the explicit and implicit processes used in your judgements and how these inform your decision making in professional practice.  Additionally, the module aims to enable you to use decision analysis tools appropriately and effectively.

Facilitating Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Practice for Medical and Non-Medical Professionals 

Pre-Requisites: An existing health or care professional qualification and current registration in health or care such as medicine, nursing, midwifery and specialist public health nursing, speech and language therapy or occupational therapy or experience of working in a relevant field.  

The aim of this module is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enable, support, teach and assess others learning in health and social care work settings. 

Students will be provided with the opportunity to explore theories concerning the facilitation of learning and the formation of assessments; applying these concepts within their work setting.   

Students will be given the opportunity to examine their role as a facilitator of learning in the workplace.  They will be encouraged to reflect upon themselves as a leader and manager of practice education.  

Heart Failure

The aim of the module is to prepare you, through advanced knowledge and skills, to meet the challenges of caring for patients with heart failure and their families/carers in primary and secondary care settings.

Introductory Knowledge and Skills for Neonatal Care

Pre-Requisites: To be working on a neonatal unit of any level or regularly caring for babies who require more than ‘normal’ care within a midwifery setting.

The aim of the module is to enable you to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills and provide safe and effective care that are essential for all care of the neonate and their family.  This is the first of three modules, which once all are completed form the Qualification in Specialty recognised in neonatal care settings.  This module may be completed by midwives working in settings where they are expected to deliver neonatal care to babies requiring more than ‘normal’ baby care.

Leadership: Advancing Innovation, Transforming Healthcare

The aim of the module is to enable you to understand the complexities of leadership processes within institutions that promote innovation and collaboration across complex organisations to transform Healthcare services and outcomes.

Managing Risk

The aim of this module is to facilitate you to develop your conceptual understanding and knowledge regarding the nature, consequences, assessment and management of risk, and the concept of positive risk taking, related to safe and compassionate person centred care, across a range of practice settings.

Mental Health and Wellbeing 

The aim of the module is to facilitate the development of advanced mental health knowledge which will enable students in any professional role to work collaboratively with mental health service users, carers and others 

This module will enable learners to consider key theoretical models, policy and evidence supporting understanding of commonly occurring mental health problems such as affective disorders, anxiety, psychosis, personality disorders, substance misuse, post-traumatic responses and mental health problems affecting younger and older people.  

Negotiated Learning

The aim of this module is to take a constructivist approach to learning to enable you to refine your values and beliefs, knowledge, skills and competency relevant to your workplace culture and context and your personal and professional development.

Principles of Biological Science for Advancing Practice

The aim of the module is to facilitate the development of the critical, analytical and reflective skills necessary for you to become an innovative practitioner, using your knowledge of normal anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology to acquire and develop evidence-based approaches to person-centred care within your discipline and area of practice.

Psychosocial Assessment & Interventions for Anxiety & Depression

The module aims to enhance your knowledge and skills in psychosocial assessment, formulation and intervention; with a specific focus upon anxiety and depression.

Psychosocial Interventions for Severe Mental Health Problems

The aim of the module is to advance your knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver evidence based psychosocial interventions that meet the needs of clients and their families living with severe mental health problems.

Simulation Foundation 

The aim of the module is to prepare students to design, implement and evaluate simulation based education. 

The module will deliver current evidence to inform experiential learning exploring best practice, research and controversy. The module includes the design and peer evaluation of a simulation intervention. Whilst students have freedom to develop a bespoke model, the module content sets out to be complete, cross-cutting and generic, relevant to any profession or speciality and applicable to or addressing competence, performance and improvement. 

Supporting People with Long Term Conditions

This module aims to prepare you to support people with long term conditions through the development of critical, analytical and reflective skills enabling you to become an innovative and autonomous practitioner.

Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy Supportive Care

The aim of the module is to prepare you to support individuals receiving Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT).  The SACT Non-Administration Pathway aims to develop your ability to provide information and supportive care to the person receiving systemic anti-cancer therapy and their family.  Whilst undertaking this pathway you will formulate practice competencies in collaboration with module tutor and work place assessor.

Enhancing your knowledge and understanding could contribute to your career progression and evidence that you are advancing practice according with professional skills frameworks. In addition, the skills you gain will enable you to write for professional journals and/or present at conferences, sharing best practice and raising your professional profile. Your postgraduate qualification could also help you to stand out in an increasingly competitive employment market, supporting you to consider

senior, specialist or advanced roles within the health and social care arena, the independent and voluntary sector or education.

Learning and teaching strategies will involve you as an active participant; you will be encouraged to use self-evaluation and reflection on your own experience in order to deepen and consolidate your understanding as well as plan for your future learning.  Modules are organised using a range of teaching and learning methods to facilitate your academic and professional development.  These methods include a blend of classroom based, online and work based learning activities. Teaching and learning methods are supported by technologies e.g. our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Within some modules, teaching delivery is shared between Level 7 and Level 6 CPD programmes of study.  You may at times be taught in a group with students studying at Level 6.  Where this occurs you will be facilitated to explore the content of the module at a Masters level and discuss assessment requirements through tutorials and/or online learning opportunities.  There will also be additional Masters Level learning resources available via the VLE.  You will be discouraged from taking a module at Level 7 which you have previously undertaken at Level 6 unless there are significant learning opportunities to be gained from doing so.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £855 per module £1,485 per module

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £10,906 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can  email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Throughout the programme your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed through a variety of learning activities.  You will be encouraged to engage in self-assessment and may be actively involved in peer assessment.  Formative assessment (during the module but not part of the final assessment) opportunities will be offered within each module as a part of your on-going learning.

Modules are worth 20 HE Level 7 credits, except the research dissertation which is either worth 40 or 60 HE Level 7 credits depending upon which option you choose to study. For each 20 credit module, the assessments are weighted at 4000 words or equivalent.  Assessments include written essays/reports, critical reflections, case studies, and oral presentations.

The final stage research modules are assessed through the production of a research plan or proposal followed by a substantive dissertation/project in which the proposed research is carried out.  All assessments focus on your ability to progress and integrate theory and practice enabling you to demonstrate the fulfilment of the module learning outcomes and are based on the postgraduate criteria for assessment.

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Most of our modules commence either in September (application deadline mid-July) or February (application deadline mid-December).


For further details about the programme, contact the Programme Director, Niall McLaughlin.


Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 2 years (minimum) part-time

Entry requirements

  • You should normally possess either a relevant degree at 2.2 or above (normally a degree in a health or social science subject), and/or a professional registration to practise in health and/or social care.
  • Please see the module guide for module pre- requisites and co- requisites.




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