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Health & Wellbeing


This postgraduate programme in Health and Wellbeing aims to develop highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates from the health and social care professions. It extends the knowledge base necessary for practitioners to function at an advanced level and to develop into expert or advanced practitioners within their particular area of expertise. There is an emphasis on the application of knowledge to practice and the development of leadership skills.


This programme leads to the academic awards of PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Health and Wellbeing. Students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Wellbeing after completing 60 credits or with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Wellbeing after completing 120 credits.

For the Postgraduate Diploma there are two 30 credit compulsory modules (Health and Wellbeing: Challenges and Controversies and Advanced Research Methods), Students may then decide to study a suite of optional 'generic' modules in Applied Healthcare Ethics, Professional Decision-making and Accountability, Therapeutic Communication Skills and Leadership in Professional practice to the value of 60 credits or, alternatively opt to study modules within of the following subject specific 60 credit pathways: Neuroscience, Case management, Diabetes Care, Stroke Care, Urology, Continence, Stoma Care or Forensic Healthcare. For the award of the Master's degree in Health and Wellbeing a further 60 credits must be completed in the form of the Master's dissertation project.

Teaching and learning assessment

A range of teaching and learning methods are used to enable students to develop knowledge and understanding. There is a continuous focus upon how theory is linked to and informed by practice through the use of lectures, seminars, discussions, guided reading, reflection, creative methods and debate. Online material may be used to support this. All assessment is via course work

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have gained:

(i) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification; or

(iii) have a relevant professional qualification in health and/or social care


(iv) have successfully completed level 6 research study.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.



Attendance at classes is compulsory.

Careers or further progression

Career options

This degree covers a broad range of healthcare issues allowing for careers in health and social care, education, leisure and health promotion and management.

Further enquiries

Admissions contact regarding application process:
Karen McCarroll
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8983

Course Director (Jordanstown): Dr Wendy Cousins
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6185

Course Director (Magee): Mrs Tracy Mullan
T: +44 (0)28 7167 5327

Subjects taught

Year one

Advanced Methods in Research and Development in Health and Social Care

Health and Wellbeing: challenges and controversies

Year two

Key Principles in Urological Cancer
This module is optional

Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
This module is optional

Principles of Forensic Healthcare Practice
This module is optional

Interactive Holistic Forensic Healthcare Practice
This module is optional

Fundamental Principles in Stoma Care
This module is optional

Challenges in Advanced Practice in Stoma care
This module is optional

Issues in Progressing Practice in Stoma Care
This module is optional

Advancing Care for People with Urological Disorders

Innovation in Case Management

Essential Principles in Adult Continence Promotion

Essential Principles in Urology and Continence

Advancing Care for People with Continence Disorders

Leadership in Professional Practice

Professional Decision Making and Accountability

Therapeutic Communication Skills for Health and Social Care Professionals

Underpinnings of Neuroscience Care

Enhancing person-centred management in diabetes care

Applying evidence informed practice for screening and prevention of complications from diabetes

Advanced Communication and Education approaches in Health and Social Care Practice

Enhancing Neuroscience Practice

Applied Pathophysiology for Case Management

Applied Health Care Ethics

Year three

MSc research project

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2019

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