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Health & Wellbeing

Developing highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates for the health and social care professions.

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 t o 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.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University's General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:

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

Faculty Office: Mrs 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

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one
• MSc research project
• Advanced Methods in Research and Development in Health and Social Care
• Health and Wellbeing: challenges and controversies

Optional modules
• Key Principles in Urological Cancer
• Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
• Principles of Forensic Healthcare Practice
• Interactive Holistic Forensic Healthcare Practice
• Fundamental Principles in Stoma Care
• Challenges in Advanced Practice in Stoma care
• Issues in Progressing Practice in Stoma Care
• 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
• Care and Management of People with Diabetes: Strengths and Weaknesses: Module 1
• Basic Evidence And Practice In Diabetes Care 2
• Advanced Communication and Education approaches in Health and Social Care Practice
• Enhancing Neuroscience Practice
• Applied Pathophysiology for Case Management
• Applied Health Care Ethics

Assessment method

Assessment is via coursework.

Application date

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University's online application system. 
The closing date for applications is the end of August.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018

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