Leadership in Workplace Health & Wellbeing - Limerick
MA in Leadership in Workplace Health & Wellbeing
This innovative programme is designed to enable leaders across all sectors to integrate health and wellbeing into their working environments. Once considered 'nice-to-have', a strategic focus on the health and wellbeing of all employees, including owners and managers, is now a must-have to attract and retain talent, providing an excellent return on investment for your company. Many organisations are going through a period of unprecedented change, and specialists in workplace health and wellbeing will be critical in successfully managing that culture shift.
This unique programme will be an attractive option for graduates entering the job market and wishing to enhance their employment prospects with a highly sought-after master's qualification. It is also an excellent CPD opportunity for those working in HRM and OSH, management, recruitment and onboarding, as well as educators, health professionals, legal professionals, technologists, career coaches, business mentors, corporate wellbeing consultants, or indeed anybody with a passion for health and wellbeing.
Students will attend classes in our Moylish campus in semesters one (September to December) and two (January to May). Lectures and tutorials are normally condensed into two full days on-campus. This flexible structure allows our learners to balance study, work and home life. All lectures and tutorials are delivered by knowledgeable and enthusiastic lecturers who understand these competing life demands. There are no final exams, and instead continuous assessments are carried out during the term.
In the final semester (June to August), students undertake a piece of independent research on a topic of their choice. Previous students have looked at stress & burnout, menopause, healthy eating, neurodiversity, psychological safety, pelvic floor health, sleep, financial wellbeing, and physical activity in the workplace.
What modules will I study?
• Semester 1
Foundations in Workplace Wellbeing - Credits: 10
Introduction to Health and Wellbeing Promotion - Credits: 10
Qualitative Methods in Research - Credits: 5
Strategic Planning for Health & Wellbeing - Credits: 5
• Semester 2
Applied Workplace Wellbeing - Credits: 10
Leading Change in the Workplace - Credits: 10
Managing Health and Wellbeing Projects - Quantitative Methods & Practice - Credits: 5
• Semester 3
Dissertation Health & Wellbeing - Credits: 30
What are the entry requirements?
(a) A minimum honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a related discipline.
(b) A minimum honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in any discipline with minimum two years, relevant work experience and/or ability, evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning
(c) A minimum ordinary bachelor degree (Level 7) in any discipline with a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience and/or ability, evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning
(d) Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered. International students must evidence a proficiency in English language for example IELTS 6.0
An interview may form part of the selection process.
Applications open for 2023-2024
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What are the career prospects?
• Graduates will be highly qualified to fulfil roles in the modern workplace, such as Workplace Health Coordinator, Wellbeing Champion, Health Promotion Manager, and Culture Change Manager.
• Occupational Health & Safety professionals can expand their skills and knowledge base beyond the traditional OSH remit, to place greater emphasis on promotion of wellbeing and health.
• Graduates can set up their own health promotion consultancy business, providing corporate wellness coaching service in areas such as sleep; stress management, work-life balance and burnout prevention; menopause & menstruality in the workplace; financial wellbeing; health behaviour change; dietary advisor; weight loss; and fitness commitment counselling. Some of these posts may require further qualifications.
• Graduates will also be able to offer these services in settings outside the workplace, including in schools and universities, community and voluntary organisations, and online.
• HR Managers, medical staff, safety managers etc may wish to remain in their current position but with a broadened knowledge base.
• Employees with a master's level qualifications can progress in their career and move to higher-level managerial positions.
Are there opportunities for further study?
This innovative programme also offers the opportunity to engage in research in this area and to pursue a Doctorate or PhD.