A rapidly expanding field worldwide, Psychological Well-being evaluates the factors that characterise and influence mental health and wellbeing, nurturing your understanding of the cultural, social and economic contexts in which they develop.
Many of our experienced academic team have expertise in the specific domains of wellbeing, which are embedded within the course, including developmental psychology, occupational psychology, health psychology, clinical psychology, counselling psychology and cognitive/biological psychology.
Benefit from some sessions which are delivered by practitioner psychologists who hold registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Teaching facilities include dedicated laboratory and practical work areas, an observation suite and a vision research laboratory.
Completion of the course will lead to a number of career opportunities worldwide, including research, teaching and those within the caring professions. It also facilitates career development and progression. Other students might use the course as a stepping stone to specialised PhD study.
Although the course does not culminate in a qualification in Clinical Psychology, its content will be highly relevant to those applying for training in this area, or within related fields such as psychotherapy, counselling or coaching.
- Develop your practical and professional skills through short placement activities involving interactions with clients and health and social care professionals.
- Develop an awareness of the range of contemporary and traditional therapeutic approaches that may be employed in the treatment and prevention of mental health problems.
- Extensive investment in our dedicated psychology teaching facilities allows you to put theory into practice.
- Benefit from inter-professional learning and develop a range of transferable skills, alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds and sectors.
- We were among the first universities to offer training in this area at master’s level.
- Flexible study opportunities – in addition to full-time, you can also study by distance learning, allowing professional development alongside work.
- Develop a critical understanding of the psychological theory and research that underpin the study of mental health and wellbeing.
Reasons to study Psychological Well-being at DMU:
- Enhance your specialist skills and career opportunities
- Flexible study opportunities – in addition to full-time, you can also study part-time, by distance learning, or by combining distance and campus-based learning; allowing professional development alongside work
- Develop your practical and professional skills through short placement activities involving interactions with clients and health and social care professionals
- Develop an awareness of the range of contemporary and traditional therapeutic approaches that may be employed in the treatment and prevention of mental health problems
- Recent extensive investment in our dedicated psychology teaching facilities allows you to put theory in to practice
- Benefit from inter-professional learning and develop a range of transferable skills, alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds and sectors
- Many of our recent graduates have presented their original and innovative research at national conferences
Structure and assessment
The MSc consists of theoretical, work-related and research-based modules as described below. Please note that ALL modules are compulsory for successful completion of the award. There are no optional modules.
- Approaches to the Study of Well-being (15 credits) – provides an introduction to the study of mental health and well-being from a variety of perspectives including: evolution and development, physiology and neuroscience, philosophy and positive psychology
- Well-being Through the Lifespan (15 credits) – extends the study of psychological perspectives on well-being and explores influences on, and potential threats to, psychological well-being at key stages throughout the lifespan (e.g., in childhood, at work, in older age)
- Lifestyle, Wellness and Well-being (15 credits) – relates to national and international initiatives concerned with the maintenance of physical health and well-being, exploring the effects of lifestyle factors (e.g., smoking, drinking alcohol, drug use, eating behaviour) on physical and psychological well-being
- Well-being in Cultural, Economic and Social Contexts (15 credits) – focuses on well-being within a broader, rather than individual
,framework. You will explore the cultural context of well-being in addition to social and economic influences and considerations
- Approaches to Psychological Problems (30 credits) – considers decreased well-being as manifested in psychological problems, including anxiety disorders, depressive illness and substance abuse. A variety of psychotherapeutic approaches are explored and you will take part in two short placement activities that involve interactions with clients and health and social care professionals.
- Research Methods and Data Analysis for Psychologists (30 credits) – equips you with the quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis skills necessary to undertake research at MSc level
- Research dissertation (60 credits) – allows you to design and conduct an original research study on a well-being related topic of your choice.
You also have the opportunity to undertake one of two combinations of modules and exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), or undertake all modules, except the dissertation and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip); as well as completing the full MSc programme.
Further information is available from the course leader.
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
Psychology students benefit from access to a suite of research rooms and computer laboratories which are restricted to Psychology undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Psychology Division also provides a wide range of software and equipment to support the development of experimental studies and resources to facilitate the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data – both electronically and in person.
The MSc Psychological Well-being at DMU provides the opportunity to complete a programme with a distinctive focus on mental wellness and we were one of the first Universities in the UK to offer training in this area.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
All students are provided with the opportunity to undertake two short placements within clinical and community contexts within Leicester and/or Leicestershire. These involve meeting, observing and working alongside patients and healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds. The first of these placements is of one day duration and the second of two days duration. Costs (usually travel) associated with these placements are variable.
Completion of the course will lead to a number of career opportunities worldwide, including research, teaching and those within the caring professions. It also facilitates career development and progression. Other students might use the course as a stepping-stone to specialised PhD study.
Although the course does not culminate in a qualification in Clinical Psychology, its content will be highly relevant to those applying for training in this area, or within related fields such as psychotherapy (e.g.The NHS IAPT Service), counselling or coaching. There are also opportunities in the field of public health and well-being (e.g. in areas such as smoking cessation, safer sex promotion, drug and alcohol use). A full day of employability and enhancement events is held in February or March each year.
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