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Psychological Well-being

A rapidly expanding field worldwide, Psychological Well-being evaluates the factors that characterise and influence mental health and well-being; nurturing your understanding of the cultural, social and economic contexts in which they develop.

Overview

The course reflects national and international initiatives for the enhancement of mental health and well-being, which aims to prevent and alleviate psychological problems including depression, anxiety and stress.

Reasons to study Psychological Well-being at DMU:

  • Enhance your specialist skills and career opportunities

  • Flexible study opportunities - in addition to full-time, you can also study part-time, by distance learning, or by combining distance and campus-based learning; allowing professional development alongside work

  • Develop your practical and professional skills through short placement activities involving interactions with clients and health and social care professionals

  • Develop an awareness of the range of contemporary and traditional therapeutic approaches that may be employed in the treatment and prevention of mental health problems

  • Recent extensive investment in our dedicated psychology teaching facilities allows you to put theory in to practice

  • Benefit from inter-professional learning and develop a range of transferable skills, alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds and sectors

  • Many of our recent graduates have presented their original and innovative research at national conferences

“I wanted to say how incredibly useful MSc Psychological Well-being is proving at the moment. I have started a role leading a project ... which will support and empower individuals experiencing mental health difficulties to make positive improvements in their lifestyle and physical self-care. I love it - I'm using almost everything I have learned on the Well-being course!”

Melanie Ward, MSc Psychological Well-being Graduate

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time; flexible part-time, distance learning or blended learning over two or three years.

Attendance: Two full days per week if you are a full-time student. If you are a part-time or blended learning student, attendance is variable depending on the duration of your studies. The course is available fully on-line for distance learners. You will also be required to attend a one day programme of induction in addition to a one day programme of preparation and skills development for working at postgraduate level. You may be required to attend the University for an interview as part of our selection process. The programme involves two placements; one is of one day duration and the other takes place over two consecutive days. These placements may require attendance outside of standard teaching days.

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time £4,750
15 credit taught module £396

Students can expect the following additional costs. The cost of an enhanced DBS application is £44 at the time of writing. Transport costs to placement venues are unlikely to exceed £25.  Students are required to pay for duplication and binding of two copies of their final dissertation. This should not exceed £20. Students are encouraged (but not required) to purchase books to an approximate cost of £100 to support their studies.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time; flexible part-time, distance learning or blended learning over two or three years.

Attendance: Two full days per week if you are a full-time student. If you are a part-time or blended learning student, attendance is variable depending on the duration of your studies. The course is available fully on-line for distance learners. You will also be required to attend a one day programme of induction in addition to a one day programme of preparation and skills development for working at postgraduate level. You may be required to attend the University for an interview as part of our selection process. The programme involves two placements; one is of one day duration and the other takes place over two consecutive days. These placements may require attendance outside of standard teaching days.

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time £12,700
Distance learning £12,700

Students can expect the following additional costs. The cost of an enhanced DBS application is £44 at the time of writing. Transport costs to placement venues are unlikely to exceed £25.  Students are required to pay for duplication and binding of two copies of their final dissertation. This should not exceed £20. Students are encouraged (but not required) to purchase books to an approximate cost of £100 to support their studies.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Entry criteria

  • Applicants are usually expected to have (or be predicted to obtain) an honours degree in psychology or psychology and a second subject of 2:2 or above or equivalent. Applications will also be considered from students who hold a 2:2 honours degree from a relevant but non-psychology based course
  • Other appropriately qualified/experienced applicants with a science or social science background will be considered on the basis of the university's accreditation for prior learning/accreditation prior experiential learning procedures
  • You must complete a declaration form and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application form (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy. Contact us for up-to-date information

Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. If you are unable to attend, alternative arrangements may be made.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Course modules

The MSc consists of theoretical, work-related and research-based modules as described below. Please note that ALL modules are compulsory for successful completion of the award. There are no optional modules.

  • Approaches to the Study of Well-being (15 credits) - provides an introduction to the study of mental health and well-being from a variety of perspectives including: evolution and development, physiology and neuroscience, philosophy and positive psychology
  • Well-being Through the Lifespan (15 credits) - extends the study of psychological perspectives on well-being and explores influences on, and potential threats to, psychological well-being at key stages throughout the lifespan (e.g., in childhood, at work, in older age)
  • Lifestyle, Wellness and Well-being (15 credits) - relates to national and international initiatives concerned with the maintenance of physical health and well-being, exploring the effects of lifestyle factors (e.g., smoking, drinking alcohol, drug use, eating behaviour) on physical and psychological well-being
  • Well-being in Cultural, Economic and Social Contexts (15 credits) - focuses on well-being within a broader, rather than individual, framework. You will explore the cultural context of well-being in addition to social and economic influences and considerations
  • Approaches to Psychological Problems (30 credits) - considers decreased well-being as manifested in psychological problems, including anxiety disorders, depressive illness and substance abuse. A variety of psychotherapeutic approaches are explored and you will take part in two short placement activities that involve interactions with clients and health and social care professionals.
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis for Psychologists (30 credits) - equips you with the quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis skills necessary to undertake research at MSc level
  • Research dissertation (60 credits) - allows you to design and conduct an original research study on a well-being related topic of your choice.

You also have the opportunity to undertake one of two combinations of modules and exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), or undertake all modules, except the dissertation and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip); as well as completing the full MSc programme.

Further information is available from the course leader.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching typically includes lectures, group seminars and individual tutorials, You are encouraged to become an independent and proactive learner, and we will recommend reading and electronic resources for independent study to help develop the breadth and depth of your knowledge.

The majority of your studies will take place at the university but we also incorporate community-based learning experiences on your placement activities. There is a significant focus on developing skills that are transferable to a variety of careers and contexts on national and international levels.

Learning activities are designed to help you develop your teamwork, presentation and problem-solving skills, plus more traditional academic skills such as synthesis, evaluation and application. We also help you to develop your skills and understanding in professional areas such as ethics and reflective practice.

You will benefit from the support of a personal academic tutor, who you are encouraged to meet with regularly. We also offer a range of additional support services to help you develop the skills required for Master’s level study.

Assessment is based exclusively on coursework, for which bespoke guidance materials are provided. The kinds of coursework that you will undertake are varied, and include:

  • Formal essays
  • The production of research reports
  • Real-time and web-based presentations
  • Problem-solving tasks
  • Literature reviews
  •  Case studies and reflective writing

The dissertation provides you with an experience of the research process from its inception to completion.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 9 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1  hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: 4  hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 28.5 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs and online activities.

 

Academic expertise

Psychological Well-being is taught by experienced psychologists, based at De Montfort University, with occasional contributions from practitioners and academics working within a variety of well-being related contexts.

The team has expertise in the specific domains of well-being embedded within the course for example:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Cognitive and biological psychology

A number of the team are currently working or publishing in areas that relate to well-being and mental health, or are supervising PhD research in this area.

For example, articles authored by team members have been published in a diverse range of peer-reviewed journals including:

  • Social Science and Medicine
  • Mental Health Review
  • The International Journal of Human Resource Development and Management
  • The Journal of Adolescence
  • The Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
  • Neurosurgery and Psychiatry Child Development
  • Health Education Research: Theory and Practice
  • Journal of Health Psychology

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Psychology students benefit from access to a suite of research rooms and computer laboratories which are restricted to Psychology undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Psychology Division also provides a wide range of software and equipment to support the development of experimental studies and resources to facilitate the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data - both electronically and in person.

The MSc Psychological Well-being at DMU provides the opportunity to complete a programme with a distinctive focus on mental wellness and we were one of the first Universities in the UK to offer training in this area.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

All students are provided with the opportunity to undertake two short placements within clinical and community contexts within Leicester and/or Leicestershire. These involve meeting, observing and working alongside patients and healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds. The first of these placements is of one day duration and the second of two days duration. Costs (usually travel) associated with these placements are variable.

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Graduate careers

Completion of the course will lead to a number of career opportunities worldwide, including research, teaching and those within the caring professions. It also  facilitates career development and progression. Other students might use the course as a stepping-stone to specialised PhD study.

Although the course does not culminate in a qualification in Clinical Psychology, its content will be highly relevant to those applying for training in this area, or within related fields such as psychotherapy (e.g.The NHS IAPT Service), counselling or coaching. There are also opportunities in the field of public health and well-being (e.g. in areas such as smoking cessation, safer sex promotion, drug and alcohol use). A full day of employability and enhancement events is held in February or March each year.

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We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.

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De Montfort University (DMU)’s growing reputation for research which benefits society has been confirmed with the publication of the REF 2014 results. Find out more.

 
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