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Developing highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates for the health and social care professions.

Summary

Study Health and Wellbeing at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This postgraduate programme in Health and Wellbeing aims to develop highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates from the health and social care professions. It extends the knowledge base necessary for practitioners to function at an advanced level and t o develop into expert or advanced practitioners within their particular area of expertise. There is an emphasis on the application of knowledge to practice and the development of leadership skills.

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About this course

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About

This programme leads to the academic awards of PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Health and Wellbeing. Students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Wellbeing after completing 60 credits or with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Wellbeing after completing 120 credits.

For the Postgraduate Diploma there are two 30 credit compulsory modules (Health and Wellbeing: Challenges and Controversies and Advanced Research Methods), Students may then decide to study a suite of optional ‘generic’ modules in Applied Healthcare Ethics, Professional Decision-making and Accountability, Therapeutic Communication Skills and Leadership in Professional practice to the value of 60 credits or, alternatively opt to study modules within of the following subject specific 60 credit pathways: Neuroscience, Case management, Diabetes Care, Stroke Care, Urology, Continence, Stoma Care or Forensic Healthcare. For the award of the Master’s degree in Health and Wellbeing a further 60 credits must be completed in the form of the Master’s dissertation project.

Attendance

1-2 years Full-time

Students are required to attend for at least 75% of all campus-based modules. Some modules are online-students are required to log on to the website and interact on a weekly basis.

Start dates

  • September 2016
  • January 2017
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

MSc research project

Year: 1

This is a required component of a programme leading to a MSc. The student completes, under supervision, a research proposal with successful submission to appropriate ethics committee/s and completes a research project which makes a contribution to the knowledge base for professional practice. This is assessed by coursework.

Advanced Methods in Research and Development in Health and Social Care

Year: 1

This module builds upon previous study of research methods and enables students to develop and apply theoretical and scientific knowledge and problem solving skills, extending their understanding of the philosophical and practical aspects of research, service evaluation and practice development. In particular, it examines quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research designs for collecting, recording, analysing and interpreting data with the ultimate goal of further developing their research and development skills.

Health and Wellbeing: challenges and controversies

Year: 1

This postgraduate module explores and debates issues in health and wellbeing, utilising a theoretical base to develop, discussion, reflection and more insightful practice through a rigorous analysis of current dilemmas and topical issues. Assessment is by Coursework

Key Principles in Urological Cancer

Year: 1

This module is optional

This level 7 module provides a theoretical basis for a foundational understanding of essential concepts in caring for and promoting well-being in people who have urological cancer. It provides a crucial basis upon which further study in urology can be built. The module is offered on-line and is assessed by coursework and examination.

Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

Year: 1

This module is optional

This level 7 module provides an opportunity for students to develop and enhance the knowledge base and practice of health assessment, in order that appropriate interventions and management can occur. Students will begin to develop their assessment skills under the guidance of a mentor during this module. Assessment is 100% coursework.

Principles of Forensic Healthcare Practice

Year: 1

This module is optional

This postgraduate module is the first of two 30 credit modules in the postgraduate forensic mental healthcare programme, an area of specialisation that involves the assessment, treatment and management of those who are both mentally disordered (or learning disabled) and whose behaviour has led, or could lead, to offending.

Interactive Holistic Forensic Healthcare Practice

Year: 1

This module is optional

Fundamental Principles in Stoma Care

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module helps students to develop an in-depth and critical understanding of the basic sciences and disease processes that can lead to stoma formation. Students will be assisted to analyze the care challenges that can be experienced by people who have a stoma and identify how they can play a leading role in assisting the person living with a stoma to improve their well-being and life quality

Challenges in Advanced Practice in Stoma care

Year: 1

This module is optional

In this module the student will be able critically discuss and analyze common stoma care issues encountered in neonates and children as well in addition to?out of the ordinary? issues in stoma care and outline appropriate responses to such events. The module will explore key issues associated with multi-professional care, professional development and the future-proofing of service and will assist the student to critique ethical challenges involved in advocacy and working with healthcare industry agencies.

Issues in Progressing Practice in Stoma Care

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module helps students to deepen and critically analyse existing knowledge on current issues in quality stoma care through the exploration of person-centered care responses to promote coping and positive living. The module explores pre-operative, immediate and long term needs of people living with a stoma and addresses wider issues through the examining of the potential impact of culture and religion on living with a stoma and the challenges they offer in of providing appropriate care.

Advancing Care for People with Urological Disorders

Year: 1

This module is optional

This level 7 module helps to prepare care professionals to deliver high quality care for patients with urological disorders by equipping them with essential knowledge and attitudes that promote skilled, knowledgeable and holistic intervention. Ultimately the module seeks to assist the professional to acquire a high level of knowledge and personal reflection to facilitate the future development of evidence based urological care. Assessment is by coursework.

Innovation in Case Management

Year: 1

This module is optional

The module develops an understanding of the professional and policy context of long term conditions, and the implications of that for persons (and their loved ones) living with long term conditions; the progress of current and future and evidence based therapeutic interventions.. Assessment is 100% coursework

Essential Principles in Adult Continence Promotion

Year: 1

This module is optional

This Level 7 module provides a theoretical basis for the understanding of the issues essential for the provision of evidence based, individualised care for people who experience incontinence. Normal anatomy and physiology are explored as the basis for a thorough understanding of the genesis of continence problems and their resolution. The module will be offered on-line, with the assessment being 100% coursework.

Essential Principles in Urology and Continence

Year: 1

This module is optional

Feedback on Coursework will be structured using the School of Nursing Feedback, Taxonomy and Reflection forms. Students will be provided with feedback within 15 working days of submission. All relevant dates for submission and feedback documentation will be provided in the Module Handbook. The assessment and feedback documentation used within the School of Nursing also contains a Reflective Exercise that students will be encouraged to undertake once they have received summative feedback of their assignments.

Advancing Care for People with Continence Disorders

Year: 1

This module is optional

This Level 7 module provides a theoretical basis for the delivery of evidence-based, continence care. The treatment modalities for both urinary and faecal incontinence are explored. The role of the ?Skills for Health? competencies to provide a mechanism to promote a standard of care delivery nationally is explored. The module will be offered on-line, with the assessment being 100% coursework.

Leadership in Professional Practice

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module will develop the capacity to critically engage with theories of leadership and to apply this knowledge to leadership in healthcare practice. It will encourage the development of effective leadership strategies, based on best evidence to meet the challenges faced by healthcare professionals and promote the development of cultures of compassionate leadership. Assessment is by presentation, discourse and coursework

Professional Decision Making and Accountability

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module develops students? understanding of the major components and complexities of professional decision making and accountability and the central role this plays in the design, delivery and evaluation of safe and effective compassionate care for people within services in hospital and community settings. Within the module. students will critically analyse the relationships between professional decision-making, accountability, governance and patient safety within an interdisciplinary context. Assessment is by coursework.

Therapeutic Communication Skills for Health and Social Care Professionals

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module will develop the capacity to critically engage with theories of communication and to apply this knowledge to the development of advanced communication skills within health and social care practice. It will encourage the development of evidence-based communication strategies to promote compassionate person-centred care. Assessment is by 100% coursework.

Underpinnings of Neuroscience Care

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module prepares graduate students to meet the complex and specific needs of people with acute and continuing neurological disorders through developing their knowledge of disordered physiological. Students are enabled to critically evaluate their practice in light of new knowledge and perspectives necessary to deliver dynamic, informed care. Students will also develop further their insights into the lived experience of having a neurological disorder. A variety of learning and teaching approaches are used to deliver this module to actively engage students. Assessment is 100% coursework.

Care and Management of People with Diabetes: Strengths and Weaknesses: Module 1

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module is the first of three modules aimed at nurses wishing to learning more about the area of diabetes care but not wishing to develop that knowledge to that of specialist level. The general aim of this module is to introduce nurses to diabetes mellitus and the care and screening practices employed to treat those affected. The module is developed for a wide variety of contexts such as medical nursing, surgical nursing, midwifery and paediatric care. Assessment of the module is by 100% coursework.

Basic Evidence And Practice In Diabetes Care 2

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module is the second of three modules within the Diabetes Pathway aimed at nurses wishing to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and expertise within the area of diabetes care, but who do not wish to develop that knowledge or expertise to that required of a Diabetic Nurse Specialist. The general aim of this module is to further develop and enable practicing nurses to discern between the diverse environs in the management of diabetes. This module enables students to critically explore and manage patients effectively in acute emergencies and with long term complications. The module is developed for a wide variety of contexts such as medical/surgical nursing, midwifery/paediatrics and community nurse and GP practice nurses, and is strategically aligned to the Governments proposals within Transforming Your Care (DHSSPSNI, 2011). Assessment of the module is by 100% coursework.

Advanced Communication and Education approaches in Health and Social Care Practice

Year: 1

This module is optional

This level 7 module provides advanced and conceptual frameworks for study of communication and education. Further, it enables the student to critically appraise and to critically develop their own professional practice in two related areas of professional competence: advanced communication and education, through a process of advanced reflective practice. It aims to enhance the integration and critical application of an advanced repertoire of knowledge and skills, informed by an appropriate evidence base, related to these core areas, which are central to the success of continuing professional competence in professional health and social care practice. Assessment is by 100% coursework.

Enhancing Neuroscience Practice

Year: 1

This module is optional

Students undertaking this module will engage with a critical reflective process to evaluate their practice alongside developing new knowledge on the continuing care needs and experiences of people with neurological disorders. This will be include enhancing their understanding of the ethical challenges related to decision-making in situations when autonomy is compromised. A range of learning and teaching methods will be used to facilitate the students? development of knowledge and skills in the practice of neuroscience care. Assessment is 100% coursework.

Applied Pathophysiology for Case Management

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module is designed to prepare suitably qualified nurses to care for patients with specific chronic illnesses in the community. It is a co-requisite and complements the module on health assessment. The module is assessed entirely by coursework which consists of a class test and a case study

Applied Health Care Ethics

Year: 1

This module is optional

This level 7 module examines a broad range of issues, emphasising selection of relevant topics to maintain a quality approach to ethical deliberation. The knowledge base will enable students to direct and apply subject matter to their own area of expertise through the contribution of teaching and professional expertise, and through reflection and integration of theoretical perspectives with practice experiences. Assessment is by coursework.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must have gained:

(i) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification;

(iii) have a relevant professional qualification in health and/or social care and

(iv) have successfully completed a level 6 research methods module.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

This degree covers a broad range of healthcare issues allowing for careers in health and social care, education, leisure and health promotion and management.

Apply

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016
  • January 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5027
E: flhsmg@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director (Magee): Mrs Tracy Mullan

T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5327

E: t.mullan@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director (Jordanstown): Dr Wendy Cousins

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6185

E: w.cousins1@ulster.ac.uk