Course Overview

UK Fees £8,500 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Good health and wellbeing are increasingly becoming a focus for governments, policy makers and researchers, as we face diverse and multifaceted challenges in the 21st century. At the same time, a growth in salutogenic approaches has led to the potential for more integrative, diverse and holistic approaches being adopted. Careers in health and wellbeing are growth areas in our economy.

On our course, you’ll evaluate the modern health and social care challenges through a multidisciplinary lens and explore interdisciplinary, systemic and community-engaged solutions.

It is imperative that health and wellbeing policies and practices, founded on evidence-based research, are developed to grow and support health and wellbeing in ways that are fit for purpose and sustainable. Our course has a strong focus on the application of research and evaluation methods to critique the health and wellbeing practices available for individuals, communities and societies. 

You’ll be introduced to a broad and diverse range of concepts, including the impact of social prescribing and wellbeing of individuals and communities, global approaches to health and wellbeing, policy development in health and wellbeing in the UK, and professional relationships and leadership in the sector. You’ll be encouraged to explore and generate transformative solutions to resolve challenges and develop critical responses to existing practice in these areas.

You’ll develop the professional skills and attributes needed to review, design and lead research projects that evaluate aspects of integrative health and wellbeing.

Our course emphasises entrepreneurship and you’ll have opportunities to consider both the economics and suitability of health interventions and develop the skills needed for tendering and writing business cases.

Student diversity is welcomed, embraced and supported on this course and is considered to be a key strength for the future development of graduates that are able to meet diverse challenges in health. 

On completion of our course, you’ll have a range of interpersonal skills including leadership, facilitation, coaching, reflective and supervisory practice. You’ll be able to apply wellbeing and resilience interventions which are key skills for professional leaders in health and industry.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Our course team has extensive experience of delivering wellbeing initiatives into business, organisations, educational settings and healthcare settings
  • Wellbeing is becoming increasingly sought after and supported as an essential component in society, business and education. Our course will provide you with the skills needed to become a successful wellbeing professional
  • Our staff have strong links with employers in all sectors, who are involved in curriculum design and career guidance

Course structure

You’ll learn in an integrative way drawing on experiential, interdisciplinary and community learning alongside collaborative co-creation of solutions to evaluate innovative real-world policies and implement health and wellbeing practices.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, simulations, scientific problem-based learning, and self-directed learning.

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core Modules

The purpose of this module is to teach the principles and practice of research with a focus on qualitative and quantitative study designs and methods of data collection and processing. It will show how these designs and methods can be applied to evaluation studies as well as to research. It will provide a supportive and intellectually challenging environment within which students develop their knowledge, understanding and skills as researchers.

This module consolidates and extends the skills learned in other modules and particularly Research Methods I. It culminates in the conduct of a supervised research project relevant to a student’s area of professional practice and course specific discipline.

This module focuses on the evidence-based research which has informed key UK policy development in health and wellbeing. The evidence for the impact of Social Prescribing and Wellbeing on individuals and communities will be evaluated, also considering critics of this field. International applications of Social Prescribing across different health systems and the key roles of professionals delivering Social Prescribing will be discussed. The module will explore concurrent development and implementation of inclusivity legislation, and its effect on health and wellbeing.

This module will explore recent advances in evidence-based integrative medicine. A broad range of both Western and non-Western approaches to health and wellbeing will be evaluated which will be based around diet, exercise, therapies and activities. These approaches will focus particularly on chronic disease, long-term illness and aging. The module will include appraisal of the validity for the integration of these interventions and modalities.

This module will critically explore the factors that can enable the development of and support the maintenance of relationships in the professional environment and approaches to leadership. Theories will be critically explored that underpin a range of approaches such as Person Centred, Transactional Analysis and other theories of unconscious processes affecting communication and leadership. The module content will include: Interpersonal communications skills, models and approaches in the work setting; working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams; exploring unconscious dynamics; exploring group/team process, leadership styles; servant leadership; authentic leadership; Values-based leadership; ethical leadership; distributed leadership; power dynamics.

This module will critically explore reflective practice and coaching models; reviewing the impact on professional development and service provision of reflective practice and coaching at an individual, group and community level. Reflective practice models, supervision, and coaching approaches will be applied in supervision groups, where students will explore workplace and service provision interactions or issues. This group-work will lead students be able to contextualise appropriate reflective practice and supervision processes, which will then be used for the exploration of specific situations; this will lead to identification of appropriate developmental needs for individuals, professional groups, or service users. This will also support the development of practices for identification of individuals and teams experiencing burnout.

This module will explore wellbeing and resilience interventions and programmes in workplace settings. Students will explore both the generic and specific issues that diverse professions and organisations are facing in relation to stress, wellbeing and resilience. They will also develop the skills and attributes needed to consult, design, deliver and evaluate bespoke workplace programmes that are both fit for purpose and evidence informed.

Option Modules

This module examines the range of techniques that may be utilised to assess health and fitness of individuals, either in the laboratory or field situation, and at all levels from sedentary to high performance. The selection of appropriate assessment methods, the application of relevant normative values, and the interpretation of results is given high importance. The need to maintain professional and ethical standards throughout is emphasised.

This module will explore topics in science communication and will help to develop transferable skills and perspectives in the many ways that scientific knowledge can be disseminated. In relation to applied practice, the nature and means of human communication will be explored and assessed. Central themes include considerations of the purpose of science in society and the likely impact its findings and their communication have on human behaviour. This module is heavily focussed on interactive workshops, and includes training in science journalism, public speaking and presentations, online engagement, and TV and radio production.

This module is designed for students who already have a good general level of English but for whom English may not be their first language, or who wish to increase their familiarity and confidence in the technical English used in the UK healthcare system. Effective communication with patients is critical to their safety, care and wellbeing, and English is the prevailing international language used in written and oral medical communication. This module will take a blended approach to teach the English communication skills needed by care professionals, including patient scenarios and vital aspects of care. The module also focuses on developing academic language skills with special emphasis on medical terminology, critical analysis of medical literature, and techniques and requirements of an oral presentation.

This module introduces the political influences on health and nutrition policies and the challenges that nations encounter when trying to implement them. This module will examine the history of global health and nutrition policies and which policies have been more effective and why. Students will investigate policy making and analysis tools. Students will explore policy making and governance frameworks in order to carry out a stakeholder and policy analysis for their assessments. They will be supported to become more reflective practitioners, to develop skills like effective team leadership and performing well under stress, while managing conflict. There is a strong emphasis on developing your skills for professional practice, including professional accountability.

The module provides information on the scope of commercial biotechnology, starting and financing a company, the role of intellectual property protection, writing a business plan and communicating business ideas, assessing projects, managing a company, managing company finances, and coping with industrial safety legislation and regulatory requirements.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

For general enquiries about the course, please email [email protected]

To request an accessible version of the programme specification, please email [email protected]

Careers

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Industry links

Our staff have links with companies in the public and private sectors including the NHS, Microsoft, Ofcom, councils and schools, integrative health clinics, conventional medical settings, fitness and wellness centres and organisations. 

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Transferable skills

You'll gain the knowledge and experience to work in organisations and areas including charities, government departments, higher and further education, local authority, policy organisations, public health teams and statutory bodies.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available to students. 

Our staff continue to widen and strengthen the University’s links with employers in all sectors, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of the University’s career education and guidance provision.

Throughout the course, you’ll have opportunities to engage with the University’s Centre for Resilience, who provide high-quality evidence-based human resilience training consultancy and evaluation services for the corporate and public sector.

Job Roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Government policy officer 
  • Health and wellbeing manager 
  • Health and wellness magazine editor 
  • Health care support worker 
  • Health improvement lead 
  • Information analyst
  • Integrated commissioning manager 
  • Transformation and quality improvement assistant 
  • Researcher 
  • Young people’s resilience worker 
  • Wellbeing/resilience coach and facilitator 

Graduate employment

Graduates from this course could find employment in organisations and areas such as:

  • Charities
  • Government departments
  • Higher and further education 
  • Local authority
  • NHS Trusts
  • NHS England
  • Policy organisations
  • Public health teams
  • Statutory bodies

Westminster Employability Award

Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.

The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities. 

Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.

Westminster Employability Award

Why Study this course?

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Area of economic growth

Wellbeing is becoming increasingly sought after and supported as an essential component in society, business and education.

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Multidisciplinary approach

You’ll evaluate the modern health and social care challenges through a multidisciplinary lens and explore interdisciplinary, systemic and community-engaged solutions.

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Strong links with employers

Our staff have strong links with employers in all sectors, who are involved in curriculum design and career guidance.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in a relevant discipline including health or allied health related subject, or in social care related subjects.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing.  

Applicants are required to submit one academic reference.

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A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in a relevant discipline including health or allied health related subject, or in social care related subjects.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing.  

Applicants are required to submit one academic reference.

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Learn New Skills

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Improve your communication skills

Effectively communicate complex and sensitive information, relevant to health and wellbeing, to individuals or a range of stakeholders.

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Learn how to professionally bid and deliver programmes

Develop competence and confidence to professionally bid for and deliver programmes for Integrative Health and Wellbeing in the workplace, demonstrating entrepreneurship.

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Develop your interpersonal skills

On completion of our course, you’ll have a range of interpersonal skills including leadership, facilitation, coaching, reflective and supervisory practice.

Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £8,500 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to our science and technology disciplines. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subjects from Biosciences, Computer Engineering, Nutrition and Psychology and benefits from advanced state of the art science and psychology labs. For more details, visit our  Cavendish Campus page.

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