Theory and Practice of Person-centredness in Health & Wellbeing

This postgraduate module is open to health and social welfare workers, including those from voluntary organisations, who wish to develop their understanding of the ideas, theories and models shaping person-centredness and who want to critically reflect on their practice.

The module:

  • facilitates learners’ explorations of concepts, principles, theories and models underpinning person-centred practice in a variety of health and social care settings;
  • enables a consideration of person-centeredness in a wide range of services and with different users of services;
  • has a focus on the promotion of health, wellbeing and healthfulness;
  • enables learners to develop expertise in understanding and responding to the needs of persons, families and communities in ways that are consistent with the theoretical underpinnings and the values of person-centeredness throughout the lifespan and from a global perspective and
  • enables a consideration of person-centredness in a wide range of services and with different users of services.

This online module consists of six key units:

Unit 1: What does it mean to be a person
Unit 2: Global perspectives
Unit 3: Models, theories and frameworks for person-centred practice/wellbeing
Unit 4: Methodologies for developing person-centred cultures (and health & social care)
Unit 5: Person-centred research and evaluation
Unit 6: Person-centred Leadership

Entry requirements

Standard: The standard entry requirement for postgraduate study is a degree. If you do not have a degree, you should include evidence in your supporting statement that strengthens your application to study at postgraduate level. All candidates must meet QMU general academic regulations for admission. For details please visit the Quality section of our website.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.   

Key details

Outcome: 40 credits at master's level

Professional registration: N/A

Delivery: Online

Duration: 8 months part-time

Start date: For confirmation of the next start date, please contact the staff member named below.

Application deadline: TBC

Fee: £1770

For further information, including application process, please contact: Alison Bacigalupo (abacigalupo@qmu.ac.uk), Module Administrator on  +44(0)131 474 0000.


“The Division of Nursing and The Centre for Person-centred Practice Research are excited to offer this new, post graduate online module which we have developed to appeal to international learners. With the growing popularity of person-centeredness and person-centred care around the world, we wanted to provide a high quality learning module that will enable learners to have the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings to draw on in a range of practice, policy, education and research endeavours. We hope you will come and join us in exploring and promoting person-centeredness.“ Brendan McCormack & Jan Dewing

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