Postgraduate Taught

MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert Person-Centred Practice (Mental Health and Wellbeing)

Do you want to build on your experience as a health or social care practitioner? Are you keen to develop an understanding of the knowledge and evidence that positively contribute to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups and populations? Our innovative Person-Centred Practice (PCP) Framework offers a flexible suite of course routes that will give you a valuable, career-expanding qualification in person-centred practice.
With part-time and full-time options, this Framework will appeal to health and social care professionals and graduates in health or social care who wish to develop their careers. We have carefully structured the Framework to be as flexible as possible, so you can study the route that best meets your professional background and future aspirations.
The MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert Person-Centred Practice (Mental Health and Wellbeing) is for broad range of health and welfare workers who wish to employ mental health assessment and intervention skills with patients, or clients, in differing acute and community settings’

Why QMU?

  • You will engage with contemporary, creative and interactive learning approaches that are designed to help you thrive in your studies.
  • You will learn from passionate and internationally renowned person-centred practice academics including Professor Brendan McCormack and Professor Jan Dewing.
  • Flexible pathways, allowing you to personalise your learning to your own situation.

Course overview

This Framework is for graduates and practitioners who wish to develop their careers in the broad field of health and social care. You can personalise your learning to your own situation – for example mental health, social care, infection control, acute care or community health. You can also sign up to study single modules.

The routes in the Person-Centred Practice Framework seek to influence and enable the transformative processes of personal and professional development through engagement, facilitation and evaluation of person-centred teaching and learning approaches. It is designed to meet the professional needs of practitioners from all disciplines working in a variety of different health and social care settings.

The Framework is innovative and interactive, emphasising application of theory to your practice context. It will enable you to critically engage with, evaluate and synthesise the evidence and research to promote the development and enhancement of person-centred culture and practice. This develops a pro-active, transformative and reflective approach to meeting the public health and social needs of individuals, families, groups and populations.

We are proud of the varied and progressive approaches to learning which we offer and international students are particularly welcome to apply.

 

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can exit all routes with a PgCert or PgDip, and some courses also offer an MSc. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is framed by our core philosophical concepts of personhood, person-centredness, human valuing, healthful relations, human potential and development, and supportive and enabling environments. Central to this strategy is the need for learners to engage in the learning experiences, a readiness to listen and explore, preparedness to be open to experiences and a resolve to keep going. This environment will generate an ethos of engagement and where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support.

We achieve this learning environment through a focus on three pillars of learning activity, namely:
• student-centred experiential and collaborative learning;
• reflexivity and critical discourse and
• sustainable and ethical evidence-based teaching.

Students will be supported to challenge their thinking, values and beliefs — through the posing of complex activities and questions — and develop resilient and sustainable approaches to their learning and practice in response to these. Critical to this process is the use of diverse knowledge, scholarly inquiry processes and evidence-informed materials to engage and enliven the processes of learning.

Assessment strategies will encourage application to practice. This will be achieved through the use of varied strategies which draw on the student’s own areas of practice such as portfolio development, practice proposals, annotated bibliographies, simulation events, games, seminar presentations and self-determined contextual assignment topics. Tutor, peer and self-assessment, including within virtual environments (eg HUB@QMU), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment.

Teaching hours and attendance

Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

 

Links with industry/ professional bodies

N/A

Modules

 

To achieve a PgCert, you will complete:

  • Understanding and Responding to Mental Distress and Illness (20 credits)
  • plus two of the following: Application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Informed Practice (20 credits)/ Applying Interpersonal Therapy Informed Practice (20 credits)/ Risk and Resilience/Developing Professional Practice (20 credits)


To achieve a PgDip, you will also undertake:

  • Theory and Practice of Person-Centred Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Leading Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice (15 credits)


To achieve an MSc, you will also complete a Dissertation (60 credits)

The modules listed above are correct at time of posting (September 2019) but are subject to change following revalidation in 2020. Please check the website for any updates. 

Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Bill Lawson for more information.

Careers

Graduates have taken up advanced specialist practice and leadership roles within their specialist field of practice.

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally be graduates with evidence of relevant recent academic study. 
Interview: Interviews will take place in collaboration with partner Health Boards.

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 with no individual component score less than 6.0

Application deadline

None 

More information and contacts

For single modules and the MSc, contact Bill Lawson (blawson@qmu.ac.uk). For the PgDip, contact Alison Bacigalupo.  

You can also contact Admissions (admissions@qmu.ac.uk)

Please Note:

 The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/201 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).