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Programme Specification for the 2021/2 academic year

MRes Health and Wellbeing (SWDTC)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMRes Health and Wellbeing (SWDTC) Programme codePTR1SHSPSYBA
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2021/2
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MRes Health and Wellbeing aims to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the social, biological, and environmental drivers of individual health behaviours and interventions appropriate to develop health and wellbeing. The programme is designed to extend your understanding of the social science underpinning the development of effective interventions, strategies and policies aimed at sustainable improvement in health and wellbeing, and reducing physical and psychological health inequalities. The programme examines contemporary issues related to modifiable disease risk behaviours, and the determinants and correlates of these lifestyle behaviours across the lifespan. You should develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary skills and processes to translate scientific research into practical health and wellbeing applications.

The programme aims to prepare you for a career as a professional researcher in either academic or non-academic environments. The programme aims to provide you with a range of transferable skills appropriate to Masters level research within this theme, and to provide you with a solid foundation for embarking on doctoral level studies. Upon graduation, you should be well equipped to progress to PhD study or work in the area of health and wellbeing policy and practice.

The MRes Health and Wellbeing forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre formed by the Universities of Bristol, Exeter, University of West England (UWE) and Bath to combine social sciences research excellence to create a critical mass of postgraduate training in the region. The MRes also forms the first year of a collaborative 1+3 (MRes + MPhil/PhD) pathway, which includes further collaborative elements with all three institutions.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme focuses on lifestyle behaviours such as nutrition and physical activity, and their impact on public health and risks for chronic diseases. In doing so the programme will generate a unique integration of research groups. These research groups comprise researchers who engage in the latest critical thinking on health and wellbeing. 

The programme links one of the ESRC ‘Research Challenges’ with a base of proven research expertise and experience in all three institutions. The programme is designed to optimise your opportunities to learn as part of the research-informed environment and to provide intensive research training that is directly linked to ongoing research. In parallel, the programme offers you opportunities to develop a range of skills (see intended programme outcomes). The distinctiveness of the programme is in the multidisciplinary contributors and in the way it draws together modules in diverse yet complementary disciplines, including: psychology, exercise and physical activity, geography, and public health. The research-intensive learning environment will expose you to the most current research in the field and provide a grounding in advanced research methods and techniques which will enable you to succeed in carrying out your own research at both master’s and doctoral level. The MRes programme is designed to provide research training that prepares graduates to move straight on to doctoral study, but also provides an exit point for those who do not wish to progress to the PhD.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide high quality core, subject-specific and interdisciplinary training in the field of Health and Wellbeing.
  • Prepare you to become an effective researcher in your chosen field and to support you in successfully completing your MRes/PhD in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that graduates of the MRes/PhD programme are well equipped for a range of careers and are desired by employers for their academic ability and high-level personal skills. Skills may include extensive and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the field, analytical and problem-solving abilities, excellent communication skills in different media, and leadership and team working skills.

4. Programme Structure

Teaching will be on the St Luke’s and Streatham campuses with the exception of the two inter-institutional modules that will be co-delivered with the Universities of Bath, Bristol and West of England as part of the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre requirements.

5. Programme Modules

http://sshs.exeter.ac.uk/students/modules/pg/

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. You may also take optional modules from Bath and Bristol (timetabling and pre-requisites permitting). Due to the different credit rating of modules offered by Bath and Bristol Universities you may take up to a maximum of 190 credits.

You may take up to 30 credits of elective modules outside of the programme as long as you have obtained the explicit permission of the Programme Director, any prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


135 credits of compulsory modules, 45 credits of optional modules made up of subject-specific modules from Exeter, Bristol or Bath

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15No
SSIM903 Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design 15Yes
SHSM024 Research Methods and Analytical Procedures 30No
SHSM025 Dissertation (Journal Article) 60Yes
SHSM050 Contemporary Debates in Lifestyle Behaviours and Public Health 15Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SHS MRes H&W 2020-1
GEOM106A Contemporary Debates in Human Geography 15 No
PSYM202 Behavioural Science Research Skills 15 No
PSYM204 Advances and Methods in Social and Organisational Psychology 30 No
PSYM211 Current Research Issues in Social and Organisational Psychology 15 No
PSYM214 Methods in Cognitive and Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience 30 No
SHSM014 Paediatric Exercise and Health 30 No
SHSM022 Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Define the social science underpinning the development of effective interventions, strategies, and policies aimed at (i) sustainable improvements in health and well-being and (ii) reducing physical and psychological health inequalities.
2. Describe and explain the Interdisciplinary links between social, biological and environmental factors and individual health behaviours, choices, and outcomes.
3. Outline the contemporary issues related to modifiable disease risk behaviours, and the determinants and correlates of these lifestyle behaviours across the lifespan.
4. Recognise, and demonstrate the interdisciplinary skills and processes required to translate scientific research into practical health and well-being applications.

Lectures/presentations, seminars, group work, lab based sessions and virtual learning environment. 

ILOs 1, 3 – Group presentations
ILOs 1-3 – Essay assignments
ILOs 3, 4 – Analysis of existing data sets

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Apply an interdisciplinary understanding and methodology to real-world health and well-being issues.
6. Examine and evaluate the broader social, environmental, and economic context in which research on health and well-being is conducted and applied in national and international policy making processes.
7. Engage with a range of information, evidence, and debate so as to inform a critical awareness of health and wellbeing research issues and application.
8. Examine key competencies and processes in planning, designing, implementing and evaluating interventions and strategies targeted at improving lifestyle-related health behaviours.
9. Analyse and apply contemporary approaches used in health and well-being research as they relate to research design, statistical analysis, and outcome variables/behaviours.
10. Apply a range of methods for measuring lifestyle behaviours and appraise their respective strengths and limitations.
11. Compare and contrast some of the established theories and concepts of behaviour change models.
12. Assess the outcomes of interventions reported by governments and other organisations.

Lectures/presentations, seminars, group work, lab based sessions, virtual learning environment and work placement when applicable. 
ILOs 5-12 – Group presentations
ILOs 5-12 – Essay assignments
ILOs 5-12 – Analysis of existing data sets

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

13. Examine the format and mechanisms for the dissemination of health and well-being research through involvement with professional bodies, including presenting conference papers, posters and journal articles, and the process of peer review.
14. Evaluate the role of research in the health and well-being policy-making process.
15. Appraise connections between theory and practice, and between research and professional knowledge in health and well-being contexts.
16. Compare the relevance, benefits and challenges associated with engaging with a range of public health stakeholders.
17. Develop skills in applying and using research to inform professional knowledge and practice in health and well-being contexts.

Lectures/presentations, seminars, group work, lab based sessions, virtual learning environment and work placement when applicable. 
ILOs 13-17 – Group presentations
ILOs 13-17 – Essay assignments
ILOs 13-17 – Analysis of existing data sets

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Award Rules

Under the SWDTC partnership agreement in order to accommodate differences in module size offered by the Universities of Bristol and Bath, students on this programme are allowed to take up to 190 credits.

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will be based in Sport and Health Sciences and will be allocated a Personal Tutor on arrival and can expect reasonable access to all teaching staff for academic tutorials through appointments. There is also a Director of Postgraduate Studies who will monitor student absences and progress, and meet any students needing additional support. In addition there is a Programme Director who will offer support and advice to all students on a programme and a dedicated careers and employability tutor to co-ordinate the interaction between you, careers service and the discipline.

In addition, you will be provided with

  • Induction course before the start of the MSc
  • Library induction sessions
  • Student handbook and module guides
  • Access to Discipline Disability Officer

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

University of Bath, University of Bristol, University of West England

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MRes Health and Wellbeing (SWDTC)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/2011

Date of last revision

11/06/2019