Postgraduate Taught

MSc/PgDip Person-Centred Practice (Public 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.

As part of this framework the Person-centred Practice (Public Health and Wellbeing) pathway is suitable for international, United Kingdom and local practitioners who wish to further develop critical thinking, professional reasoning, entrepreneurship, leadership and research expertise  enabling you to develop practice in your chosen field of Public Health. Through our suite of elective modules, you can further develop your knowledge and skills in risk and resilience, global public health policy, realistic lifestyle medicine or working in partnership with other health agencies in an evidence based and person-centred way.

This course can be studied full or part time and is for graduates and practitioners across all statutory and non-statutory sectors who wish to develop their careers in the broad field of public health.

Please note that January 2023 will be the last intake for this course.

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.
  • Flexible pathways, allowing you to personalise your learning to your own situation.
  • More Person-Centred Practice routes may be available. Please check our website for updates.

Exit awards

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


You can exit with an MSc, PgDip or PgCert. 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 where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support.

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 that 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 (e.g. HUB@QMU), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment. For students undertaking NMC-recognised specialist qualification and registration (District Nursing, Health Visiting, School Nursing), the course is 50% practice-based and requires placement in an approved practice. To support learners in their practice learning environment they will be assigned to a Practice Supervisor and a Practice Assessor. Placement will be negotiated with your supporting NHS area.

Teaching hours and attendance

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

Links with industry/professional bodies

None. This course will allow you to gain the level of knowledge and skills required for advanced practice. 


To achieve a PgCert, you will complete:

  • Public Health Perspectives Across the Lifespan 1 (20 credits)
  • Public Health Perspectives Across the Lifespan 2 (20 credits)
  • plus an elective 20 credit module from a chosen array.

To achieve a PgDip, you will also complete:

  • Theory and Practice of Person-Centred Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Leading Person-centred Practice for Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • plus an elective 20 credit module from a chosen array.

To achieve a MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (Nov 2020) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students

Single modules for CPD

Available. Contact Karen Matthews.


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

Class sizes

Class sizes vary dependent on pathway and demand.

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally be graduates with evidence of relevant recent academic study.

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

For International applicants only (Jan 2023 start):  Applications submitted after Sunday 20th November 2022 will automatically be considered for the next available intake after January which will be in September 2023. 

More information and contacts

For single modules and the MSc, contact Karen Matthews. For the PgDip, contact Alison Bacigalupo.  

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Fees and transitionary scholarships for postgraduate EU students in 21/22 and 22/23

As part of our management of the Brexit transition, for many of our courses, including this one, we have introduced an EU transitional scholarship for EU full-time postgraduate students commencing their studies on campus in academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23. This provides a 40% discount on international tuition fees. The scholarship is available to EU students for whom the international fee rate applies and covers the courses marked with a # in the Postgraduate Fees – Full-Time Study section of our Fees page. This transitional scholarship is not applicable to students from the Republic of Ireland, who will continue to be eligible for the home fee rate.

Please Note:

 The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.

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