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

As part of our Person-Centred Practice Framework, this MSc/PgDip/PgCert in Person-Centred Practice (Public Health and Wellbeing) course 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.

This course can be studied full or part time. 

Why QMU?

  • Suitable for a range of practitioners: Modules on this course will be of interest to a range of health and social care practitioners and you will benefit by learning alongside people working in different areas/roles. 
  • Contemporary, creative and interactive learning approaches: You will engage with contemporary, creative and interactive learning approaches that are designed to help you thrive in your studies.
  • Staff expertise and support: You will learn from passionate and internationally renowned person-centred practice academics who will support you on your learning journey.
  • Personalise your learning: Flexible pathways, allowing you to personalise your learning to your own situation.
  • Professional links: We are the Omega-Xi Chapter of Sigma Global, the only global nursing leadership organization and with partnerships, collaborations and networks across more than 27 countries.

Studying MSc Person-Centred Practice (Public Health and Wellbeing)

Person-Centred Practice (Public Health and Wellbeing) - MSc/PgDip: More information and what you will achieve

This MSc/PgDip in Person-Centred Practice (Public Health and Wellbeing) will enable practitioners to further develop critical thinking, professional reasoning, entrepreneurship, leadership and research expertise enabling them 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.

How will I be taught?

Structure and exit awards

You can exit with an MSc (180 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or PgCert (60 credits).

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. Contact Karen Matthews for more information on single module study.

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 (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 the module you are studying and whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary dependent on module choice.

Teaching staff

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.


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).

NB The modules listed are correct at time of posting (Dec 2022) 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

Career opportunities

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

Person-Centred Practice (Public Health and Wellbeing) - MSc/PgDip: Entry requirements and application information

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

Applying for this course

For more information on applying, or to apply for this course, please follow the links in the 'Start your application' box at the top right of this page.

Application deadline

17 December 2023

Terms and Conditions

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

More information and QMU contacts

For single modules and the MSc, Contact Karen Matthews (Programme Leader). For the PgDip, Contact Alison Bacigalupo.  

You can also contact Admissions (

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Course Overview

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2.5-7 years
Start Date
January 2024
School of Health Sciences
Fees & Funding
SCQF Level

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