MSc Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience

Overview

The MSc Mental Wellbeing and Resilience is a specialised (QAA, 2015) three year, part-time Masters course. It is designed to support and challenge professionals from a range of formal and informal professional settings and contexts, such as Education, Human Resources, Mental Health, Nursing, Social Work, Policing and Armed, and Emergency Services and the voluntary sector.

It engages learners with a range of issues within the broad academic disciplines of mental wellbeing and resilience relevant to their employment role, and to consider the impact of their professional practice in a wider social context. It aims to produce high-calibre postgraduates who are autonomous, reflexive, possessing of inquiring and analytical minds as part of their continued professional formation.

Key Facts
Award: Masters
Academic School: School of Social Sciences
Duration: 3 years
Mode of Study: Part-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to have obtained or be predicted to obtain an undergraduate honours degree with a minimum of lower second-class honours as well as the support of an appropriate setting (working or volunteering) for a minimum of 100 hours through the programme.

MSc Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience applicants will have a relevant workplace where they are employed or volunteering throughout the programme with support from their setting through the Workplace Tripartite Agreement. You will be required to complete 100 hours in practice per academic year.

In line with the priority which it gives to promoting opportunities for lifelong learning and widening access to Higher Education, the University welcomes applications from prospective applicants who are seeking to gain exemption from some parts of an academic programme by gaining accreditation for prior learning. Such claims may be based either on a previous course of study or on experience gained in paid employment or voluntary activities. If a prospective applicant has recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification they may apply for Accreditation for Prior Learning in line with the relevant Code of Practice.

About The Course

During the study of this course you will develop an in-depth understanding of issues of mental health, wellbeing and resilience in relation to your work-related settings, with an emphasis on developing your reflective practice skills for continuing professional development within your role. You will gain skills in drawing together academic understanding, along with developing the ability to reflect on and apply this learning in real life scenarios. You will gain a wide variety of skills ranging from research and analytical skills, to academic writing, organisational and presentation skills.

The relevance of mental health, wellbeing and resilience in the workplace is at the heart of this course, and you are required to be in a relevant practice-setting either in employment or in a voluntary capacity. The modules are designed to enable you to explore lines of enquiry relevant to your employment role and research interests within the overall focus of the module content. As a Professional Development Programme, practice-based issues will be at the forefront of the curriculum. Each module provides the opportunity to explore different research techniques, methodologies and advanced scholarship. The module content is designed to allow for maximum flexibility for you to choose specific lines of enquiry and focus in line with your research interests, practice experience and working role.

The MSc in Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience aims to produce high-calibre postgraduates who are autonomous, reflexive, possessing of inquiring and analytical minds as part of their continued professional formation.

Delivery

Teaching on this course will be delivered through a mixture of interactive lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars to promote engagement and independent learning. You will work collaboratively in sessions to discuss and critically analyse professional issues, review research, policy and research methodologies.

Assessment

During the study of this course you will systematically build knowledge and understanding to allow you to design, implement and analyse research, and to write a research proposal. You will be assessed in a manner which will allows you to demonstrate your confidence in articulating your ideas and knowledge both orally and in your academic writing. Each of the Module Assessments will focus on the skills required for the elements contributing to the undertaking of a research proposal and the writing of a Dissertation.

Careers & Further Study

This is a professional development programme and, as such, has been formed to reflect the needs and views of employers. Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience is an important contemporary issue affecting the whole of society, and employers are actively seeking solutions to support wellbeing in the workplace. The course has been developed in conjunction with employers to ensure that the course is relevant and current for supporting the necessary knowledge and transferable skills required within the sector. Employer recognise the value of the course for professional development and reflection, in supporting the capacity for change and the focus on organisational change as part of the module content.

Modules

Supported by supervisors, workshops, Action Learning Sets on research methodology and on-line materials, you will face the challenge of developing a sustained, accurate, and reflective argument to answer a research question. The focus of the Research Project is to develop research-informed models to enhance practice.

This module critically explores Research Design and investigates different methodologies to engage with advanced research. The Module also aims to introduce alternative ways of examining professional contexts and practices and explores the different traditions of research, and their potential, for describing, analysing, and improving professional practice.

This module will critically explore the key theories of building individual resilience in working life through reflective practice and signpost to models and theories of self-care for wellbeing in the workplace. It will explore experiential learning through key techniques such as preventing burn-out, safeguarding, ethics, self-care, mindfulness, solution focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy stress management models of empowerment, transactional analysis, person centred approaches, acceptance and positivity, vicarious response / trauma, and problem management and opportunity development.

Debates within the field of mental wellbeing have centred around the tension between a bio-medical model of psychological distress, and psycho-social models that consider the effects of environment, diversity and social inequalities. The syllabus of this module will consider diversity and how the individual’s background and belief systems influences their perception of mental health and wellbeing.

This module introduces key concepts in Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience, encouraging you to reflect on and challenge your own professional practice through critical personal reflection. Students will define and interrogate key themes and concepts in Mental Wellbeing and Resilience such as anxiety, mood, autism and SENI, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), gender and diversity, resilience, self-care and positive psychology.

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Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

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