The University of Wolverhampton

MSc/MA Health and Wellbeing (Top-up)

Why choose this course?

The MSc / MA Health and Wellbeing ‘Top Up’ course is designed to allow you to ‘top up’ your existing Post-graduate Diploma qualification (or equivalent) in any health, welfare or social care related subject to a full master’s qualification. This will be achieved by you producing a 60 credit independent study in one of three options.

  1. A research dissertation.
  2. An evidence based practice module containing two summative assessments, usually of relevance to your current workplace – which runs in October each year.
  3. A consultancy report, usually of relevance to your current workplace.

Whichever option you choose this module will consist of an independent project designed, planned and carried out by yourself and written up in a minimum of 15,000 and a maximum of 20,000 words. You will be provided with appropriate individual supervision to support your independent study.

You will complete your Master’s level education in the concepts, theories and academic skills of relevance to your work arena or chosen career path. The course caters for both students who are currently working in the health, welfare or social care fields and for students who are not currently working in these fields but hope to enhance their post-graduate skills and knowledge in order to take up such employment. The course aims to offer a flexible approach to the topic chosen for your independent study, will foster independence and responsibility in taking control of your own learning and professional development needs, and build on your existing knowledge and experience.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course aims to meet professional development needs in the health, welfare and social care sectors, which are undergoing significant transformation and change.

  • A friendly, helpful and student-focused team of academic and administrative staff.
  • The programme is delivered by subject specialists who are involved in significant advisory roles and research within health and social care locally, regionally and nationally, and who participate in national communities of practice, developing and sharing expertise across the UK.
  • Links and knowledge from local, national and international research initiatives undertaken in the Institute of Health Professions and the wider University research institutions.
  • You will be able to choose whether you receive an MSc or an MA in Health and Wellbeing.

Career path

Many students will choose this course because they are already working in the health, welfare and/or social care fields. Gaining this award will enhance their professional development and promotion prospects.

Many of our students go on to achieve new posts as a result of their studies. Often this happens during their course not only after completion. Participating in academic study at any level will encourage analysis and criticality and hence will improve the opportunity for promotion and advancement. Successful completion of an academic qualification will facilitate students in providing a justification for progression through the skills escalator and will often act as a catalyst to enable the student to pass through the band gateways. Some Masters level students have used the findings from their independent research studies to make recommendations which they have gone on to implement at work.

Other students may choose this course because they wish to move into the health arena. Our past Masters students have taken posts as public or voluntary service administrators, managers and researchers and as teachers or researchers in Further and Higher Education Institutions.

All students will be able to focus on their particular research interests in their independent research studies. This course allows students to pursue these interests in depth, to engage with current research and to carry out their own, high quality, research studies.

On completion of your Masters degree you can now progress to a Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing, within our Institute of Health Professions.

What skills will you gain?

  1. Use initiative and take responsibility in order to learn independently and solve problems in creative, original and innovative ways.
  2. Demonstrate a range of transferable academic and professional skills appropriate to a career in health, welfare and / or social care such as: production of an e-portfolio within the dissertation module; interpretation, critical analysis and synthesis of a range of qualitative and quantitative evidence; appropriate use of software data packages, statistical and other analytic methods.
  3. Demonstrate Master’s level skills in the critical appraisal of research methods and research design in the production of a substantial piece of academic or professional research in a selected area of health, welfare and / or social care.
  4. Produce a clearly written and presented independent study including appropriate use of academic conventions and coherently structured arguments, evaluation and evidence.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic entry requirement is 120 level 7 credits or a completed Post-graduate Diploma at level 7 (Master’s level) in any health, welfare or social care related discipline. These credits / your Diploma must have been fully completed and agreed by an examination board before starting this course.

You may also need to attend an interview and to give a 10 minute presentation on your academic progress to date and your ideas for a Master’s level independent research project.

You may need to take a research methods module to prepare you for your MSc / MA top up course and before applying for this course:

  1. Normally, if you have not studied research methods in your previous PG Diploma, or an equivalent, within the past 5 years you will need to take the Advanced Research Skills module 7HW012 as an associate student before you can apply for the MSc / MA top up course in order to progress to the Research Dissertation 7HW015.
  2. Normally, if you have not studied research methods in your previous PG Diploma, or an equivalent, within the past 5 years you will need to take the Critical Awareness of Research module 7HW018 as an associate student before you can apply for the MSc / MA top up course in order to progress to the Evidence Based Practice Project 7HW020.
  3. Normally, if you have not studied research methods in your previous PG Diploma, or an equivalent, within the past 5 years you will need to take the Professional Consultancy Project Support module 7HW0** as an associate student before you can apply for the MSc / MA top up course in order to progress to the Professional Consultancy Project 7HW044

If English is not your first language you will need to have a TOEFL score of 550 or above, or an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to these scores.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £1,967 - *
Part time £1,967

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

2015/6 Home/EU International
Full time £1,915 - *
Part time £1,915

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2015/6. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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