Brunel University: College of Health and Life Sciences

Introduction

The College of Health and Life Sciences specialises in courses that enable our graduates to make a real difference to the world around them. Through our key strategic partnerships we aim to make Brunel University London a key part of health research in the UK.

Whether it is through medical breakthroughs that aid those suffering from disease, research designed to aid elite athletes improve their performance or programmes to train the next generation of health professionals, we aim to produce graduates who stand willing and able to make a difference.

Welcome from the Dean

Professor Paul HellewellI am delighted to introduce you to the College of Health and Life Sciences. The College is comprised of two departments that cover life sciences, clinical and health-related subjects across a number of disciplines. We strive for excellence and to contribute enthusiastically to the University’s priorities: advancing excellence in our academic provision; crossing institutional boundaries on the basis of innovation and preparing our graduates for success.

Our vision is to be a College that is distinguished by excellence in education and the learning experience, that conducts world leading research, and ensures it's activities have a real impact on human health.

Professor Paul Hellewell

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MSc Climate Change and Sustainability

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years January 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The programme is based around five compulsory modules that provide the essential background to climate change and sustainability. Students then chose three optional modules to focus their studies on their particular area of interest e.g. energy, policy and law, environmental management, modelling and data analysis or environmental science. Indeed, our alumni have gone on to work in all these areas. [+]

Our MSc in Climate Change and Sustainability has been developed around two important principles: the latest academic research from this field, which is used to give you all the necessary knowledge to work on sustainability issues; and the skills requirements of employers in the environmental sector, so that you can be sure of your employability. Whether you want to work in the public, private, charitable or academic sector, our course has the flexibility to give you the focused knowledge and skills that are needed to start, or re-energise, your career. The programme is based around five compulsory modules that provide the essential background to climate change and sustainability. Students then chose three optional modules to focus their studies on their particular area of interest e.g. energy, policy and law, environmental management, modelling and data analysis or environmental science. Indeed, our alumni have gone on to work in all these areas. The programme can be taken Full- or Part-time (from two-days or one-day contact time per week, respectively, depending on the optional modules chosen) and has a start date in September or January. This MSc is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). The Environmental Science teaching team has achieved the NUS Green Impact Bronze accreditation. We have excellent links with many employers and regularly have guest lectures from, or site visits to, these employers. Aims You will be provided with an interdisciplinary knowledge of the science and potential impacts of climate change across a variety of key areas, including energy, health, business, policy and technology. This is underpinned by a critical understanding of the concept of sustainability as applied to resource and energy use. The course will give you the skills and confidence required to develop creative and evidenced solutions to climate change and sustainability. In so doing, we aim to meet the changing needs of society by generating graduates able to tackle the challenges presented by climate change, thus preparing them for careers that will span the transition to a post-carbon economy. The course content has been developed in consultation with our alumni, employers and using the findings of national surveys of environmental sector employers (i.e. the NERC Most Wanted Skills survey). During your MSc you will be based in the Environmental Sciences group, which is closely linked to one of Brunel’s flagship research institutes: the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS). IEHS is a rapidly expanding research centre housing a strong team of leading experts held in high international regard in their respective fields. In 2011, our research revealing the link between chemicals in rivers and reproductive health won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. Given this background, we are committed to research-led and innovative teaching. Special Features The Climate Change and Sustainability MSc is an Interdisciplinary course led by an award winning Research Institute (The Institute of Environment, Health and Societies). There is an extensive range of optional modules. There is an excellent staff to student ratio (around 1:4). This course is accredited by the IES and CIWEM as well as the NUS Green Impact accredited teaching team. You will benefit from our outstanding alumni network. You can study this course full -time (two days a week contact time) or part-time (one day a week contact time). You can start in September or January. We have excellent links with employers who give our students guest lectures on campus and also the opportunity to visit their sites. We have designed the curriculum around employer needs and we also help you to develop your employability skills. Brunel is a campus university with excellent facilities and it’s close to London with great transport links. Employability Employability is central to our MSc programme. First, we aim to provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers want. On top of this, we also want to help you get your career going by providing support and advice on looking for jobs, getting you application right, CV writing, interview skills and even how to use social media to help. You will also have a mock job interview with a real employer from the environmental sector during your MSc studies. Careers Global warming is a pressing and universal environmental issue, which is likely to affect essentially all arenas of human activity. This will create demand for professionals with the knowledge and understanding of how to mitigate our impact on the atmosphere and how to adapt to climate change. These professionals will be needed in a wide variety of organisations in public, private and charitable sectors; in energy, transport, mining, heavy and light industrial, service and retailing, financial, marketing and insurance. Many of our students have also gone on to further postgraduate studies, working towards PhDs within the Institute for the Environment, other Brunel University Schools and other universities around the world. Entry Requirements Students will be admitted with a Science or Social Science based degree with a minimum grade of a 2:2 (or equivalent) from a British University (or equivalent). A wide range of disciplines are acceptable, for example: Environmental Science; Engineering; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Geography; Environmental Health; Marine Science; Maths; Agricultural Science; Law; History; Sociology; Psychology; Business and Economics. Applicants with a third class honours degree or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-level (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview. [-]

MSc Cross-Cultural Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30 months September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

The programme is specifically aimed at those who intend to pursue their psychological work in a number of different cultural settings, whether within Britain or overseas. [+]

Do people fall in love in the same way in every country? What makes a good leader in Chinese and other non-Western societies? How might we help migrants best settle into their new culture? It provides you with an understanding of how basic psychological processes may vary across cultures, and gives you the skills necessary to conduct your own research with different cultural groups. The programme is specifically aimed at those who intend to pursue their psychological work in a number of different cultural settings, whether within Britain or overseas. Aims The programme is designed for those with undergraduate degrees in psychology (and related subjects) who wish to gain a greater understanding of the role of culture in psychology, and for those already working in professions where psychology is of importance. We also welcome graduates in related subjects who are interested in learning more about culture and psychology, as well as students who might ultimately want to continue on a PhD programme. By including materials across a broad spectrum of disciplines, the course aims to utilise the complementary disciplines within the College in order to offer a truly inter-disciplinary perspective. Teaching on the course is by renowned international experts on culture and ethnicity, with the Brunel teaching team being complemented with visiting speakers from around the world. Recent invited lecturers have included specialists from the US, Hungary, Russia and Finland. Course Content Most psychology programmes around the world teach a set of 'basic psychological findings'. Such findings are usually based on samples of students in the US and Northern Europe, and give us few clues as to how psychological processes vary across the world. Many societies have an increasingly multi-cultural nature, which is compounded by the increasing contact and interaction between societies with very different cultural traditions. These changes are raising profound sets of issues about how we, as individuals, understand each other, and how we act in relation to each other in different cultural settings. This course considers the way in which psychological findings may differ across societies, and explores some reasons for this variation. It also aims to provide course participants with the skills necessary to conduct their own research with different ethnic groups and in different cultures. You will undertake a variety of modules focusing on cross-cultural psychology and research methods leading to a dissertation (up to 15,000 words). Core modules introduce you to the particular methods and skills employed by psychologists working in the cross-cultural area as well as provide you with an introduction to the major areas in which cross-cultural variations have been observed. The Cross-Cultural Research Methods module will equip you with the tools and concepts to undertake project work in an international setting, providing you with a firm basis both in advanced techniques for analysis of data and the particular techniques required to conduct research across cultures. A key feature of this module is the poster presentation by the students, which is based on a critical analysis of key research papers in cross-cultural psychology. Other key features include the analysis of data sets using SPSS and writing up the findings. . Two further modules are concerned with understanding issues of universality and cultural variability in psychological findings. Here, the inclusion of the expertise of a number of members of our staff mean that a wide range of topics can be presented and discussed, ranging from issues in cognition and bilingualism to romantic relationships, and inter-group relations. Modules are subject to variation and students are advised to check with the College on whether a particular module of interest will be running in their year of entry. Special Features Established in 2001, this is the largest and longest-running MSc course of its kind in the world, and the only MSc in Cross-Cultural Psychology in Europe. Students join a thriving cross-cultural postgraduate research community, the largest of its kind in the UK. Students on the course study taught courses for two terms before conducting their own unique empirical research, which they often then present at international conferences in the field or publish in major cross-cultural journals. Guest lecturers from around the world supplement classes taught by the following course team Employability Graduates from this course will have gained considerable knowledge and expertise in cross-cultural psychology, which will enhance their employability in a number of careers. This course will prove especially useful to graduates wishing to deploy their skills within international government and non-governmental agencies, health and healthcare organisations. Careers Previous students are now working in major international organisations, such as the WHO. Others are continuing their studies, taking PhDs at leading international universities. Entry Requirements A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a Social Sciences/Psychology related discipline. Applicants with a 1st class or 2.1 degree in a non related subject with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree will be considered on an individual basis [-]

MSc Environmental Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years January 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

This market-leading Master's course in Environmental Management addresses the management principles necessary for the successful implementation of sound environmental management practice and legal processes involved in environmental control at a range of scales. [+]

This market-leading Master's course in Environmental Management addresses the management principles necessary for the successful implementation of sound environmental management practice and legal processes involved in environmental control at a range of scales. The course develops an understanding of environmental processes and applies this to both the legal framework and management decision-making activities. The course seeks to raise your ability to understand and analyse environmental problems at Master's level, in order to develop solutions. You will be presented with the tools needed for environmental management, including project management, life cycle analysis, accounting and reporting, environmental reviews and audits. The course includes the processes and legislative approaches related to the reduction of emissions to air, land and water, and the effects of pollution together with the legislative framework in which they are set. This MSc is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). Aims You will be trained in critical analysis of legislative and management aspects of the environment. You will develop an understanding of the big picture as well as strong attention to detail – essential skills when it comes to critical analysis at Master’s level. We aim for you to leave the course with an ability to approach environmental management and legislation with an investigative attitude, to be innovative to assess a wide range of problems in the modern environment, and to explore solutions. The course places a lot of emphasis on individual student development but also involves team-working and presentations to develop your interpersonal skills. Who is this course suitable for? This MSc is appropriate for UK/EU and International graduates or those with appropriate experience who wish to develop a career in the environmental industry and public bodies with environmental management and environmental legislation. Thus it is designed to allow those whose career choice lies in fields such as environmental science, health protection and regulatory processes, to acquire both broad-based and detailed knowledge of the concepts involved. The course combines academic and applied aspects to provide skills appropriate for entry into all professions related to environmental assessment and management. Course Content As with most courses, this Master’s course in Environmental Management is taught in a range of discrete modules for teaching and assessment, throughout the academic year. However, it is convenient to consider the course as being divided into three equal portions in order to emphasise the course structure and content. The three portions overlap in time, throughout the academic year, and aim to maintain an even balance of work throughout the study period, whether full- time or part- time. Special Features The Environmental Management MSc is an Interdisciplinary course led by an award-winning Research Institute (The Institute of Environment, Health and Societies) There is an excellent staff to student ratio (around 1:4) This is an IES and CIWEM accredited course You can attend full -time (two days a week) or part -time one day a week) Brunel is a campus university with excellent facilities and close to London with great transport links. Entry Requirements Students will normally be admitted with a science-based degree with a minimum grade of a 2:2 (or equivalent) from a British University (or equivalent). A wide range of disciplines are acceptable, for example: Environmental Science; Engineering; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Geography; Environmental Health; Marine Science; Maths; Agricultural Science; Law; Business and Economics. Applicants with a third class honours degree or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-level (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year. [-]

MSc Environmental Pollution and Monitoring

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years January 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

This postgraduate programme in Environmental Pollution and Monitoring (EPM) provides a rigorous academic treatment of the fundamental scientific principles and practice of assessing and controlling the extent of environmental damage by man’s activities. [+]

This postgraduate programme in Environmental Pollution and Monitoring (EPM) provides a rigorous academic treatment of the fundamental scientific principles and practice of assessing and controlling the extent of environmental damage by man’s activities. The course emphasises the technology and principles behind the processes and techniques related to the reduction of emissions to air, land and water and the effects of pollution. It develops your understanding and critical awareness of: The complex interactions of societies and their environments How these interactions are unevenly experienced The influence of human activities on ecological system including the relationship between hazard and risk. You will be able to study the environmental and technological issues in the management and control of air, soil and water pollution. In addition, you will learn how to collect representative samples of air, soil and water for environmental monitoring. Hands on experience on the use of various analytical techniques and the use of various statistical analyses for data quality assessment (DQA) are also provided. This MSc is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). Aims You will gain understanding of the fundamental scientific aspects of environmental pollution with an emphasis on sources, pathways and receptors and technical approaches to controlling exposure. You will be able to understand the environmental and technological issues in the management and control of air, soil and water pollution. You will learn the key analytical techniques and develop the practical skills in monitoring of environmental pollution. You will study the practical methods for the investigation of air, soil and water quality. The course places a lot of emphasis on individual student development but also involves team-working and presentations to develop your interpersonal skills. Who is this course suitable for? This MSc course is suitable for graduates or those with relevant experience who wish to develop a career in practical environmental monitoring and control for industry, consultancies and public bodies using applied environmental science. This programme is designed to allow those whose career choice lies in fields such as environmental science, environmental management and regulatory processes, to acquire a broad based knowledge of the concepts involved. After completing this course you will be able to take up roles as environmental analysts and environmental mangers with an emphasis on environmental monitoring and pollution control. Through the specialist modules in environmental impact and monitoring, with a focus on the technology used in the control and measurement of emissions and pollutants, training is given to students who wish to have a career as environmental practitioners. Course Content The programme is based around three compulsory modules that provide the essential background to pollution and monitoring. Students then chose three optional modules to focus their studies on their particular area of interest - e.g. energy, policy and law, environmental management, modelling and data analysis or environmental science. Indeed, our alumni have gone on to work in all these areas. The programme can be taken full or part-time (from two days or one-day contact time per week, respectively, depending on the optional modules chosen) and has a start date in September or January. Special Features The Environmental Pollution and Monitoring MSc is an interdisciplinary course in an award-winning Research Institute (The Institute of Environment, Health and Societies). There is an excellent staff to student ratio (around 1:4). This is an IES and CIWEM accredited course. You can attend full-time (two-days a week) or part- time (one day a week). Brunel is a campus university with excellent facilities and close to London with great transport links. Employability This MSc course is suitable for graduates or those with relevant experience who wish to develop a career in practical environmental monitoring and control for industry, consultancies and public bodies using applied environmental science. It is designed to allow those whose career choice lies in fields such as environmental science, environmental management and regulatory processes, to acquire a broad based knowledge of the concepts involved. After completing this course you will be able to take up roles as environmental analysts and environmental mangers with an emphasis on environmental monitoring and pollution control. Through the specialist modules in environmental impact and monitoring, with a focus on the technology used in the control and measurement of emissions and pollutants, training is given to students who wish to have a career as environmental practitioners. Entry Requirements Applicants will be admitted with a science-based degree with a minimum grade of a 2:2 (or equivalent) from a British University (or equivalent). A wide range of disciplines are acceptable, for example: Environmental Science; Engineering; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Geography; Environmental Health; Marine Science; Maths; Agricultural Science; Law, Business and Economics. Applicants with a third class honours degree or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-level (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year. [-]

MSc Evolutionary Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30 months September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

This programme provides an exciting opportunity for advanced study in Evolutionary Psychology - i.e. psychological science informed by explicit consideration of the fact that the human mind, like the human body, is a product of evolutionary processes. [+]

How can evolutionary theory help us understand human behaviour? Do humans have a species-typical psychological design? What learning mechanisms would have been favoured by natural selection in ancestral environments? This programme provides an exciting opportunity for advanced study in Evolutionary Psychology - i.e. psychological science informed by explicit consideration of the fact that the human mind, like the human body, is a product of evolutionary processes. This course is particularly suited to students in the life sciences or social sciences who are interested in finding out how principles from evolutionary biology can provide a framework for the scientific study of human psychology and behaviour. Aims The degree programme will provide you with: an understanding of how evolutionary theory can provide a framework for the study of psychology and behaviour in both human and non-human species knowledge of important theoretical issues, research findings and recent advances in evolutionary psychology an overview of concepts, findings and recent advances in evolutionary biology, animal behaviour and behavioural ecology that are critical for research in evolutionary psychology the opportunity to acquire important transferable research skills (e.g. research design, data analysis, report preparation, seminar presentation) the opportunity to acquire knowledge of theoretical issues, research findings and recent advances in a related area of psychology (cognitive neuroscience or cross-cultural psychology). Course Content This course can be undertaken over one year, full-time, or two and a half years, part-time. Modules are subject to variation and students are advised to check with the College on whether a particular module of interest will be running in their year of entry. Special Features The Evolutionary Psychology MSc is taught in association with the College Research Centres. Careers The MSc will provide students with knowledge and skills required to go on to do PhD research not just in evolutionary psychology, but in other areas of psychology and the biological and social sciences. Moreover, students will acquire analytic and research skills that will be useful in diverse areas of employment including governmental and non-government research organisations, and the private sector. Entry Requirements A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in either a social sciences or life science subject area. Applicants with social science or non-science degrees should demonstrate some knowledge of scientific research methods - e.g. A-level in a science subject or scientific research in their first degree. Applicants with a 2:1 not in the specified subject area will be considered on an individual basis Applicants who hold a UK (2:2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants are interviewed either in person or by telephone. [-]

MSc Occupational Therapy (Post-Registration)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

We are very fortunate to be able to provide this high quality programme as Brunel University London has one of the largest and most highly qualified occupational therapy staff groups in the world; the expertise is there to teach and supervise at Master’s and Doctoral levels. [+]

We are very fortunate to be able to provide this high quality programme as Brunel University London has one of the largest and most highly qualified occupational therapy staff groups in the world; the expertise is there to teach and supervise at Master’s and Doctoral levels. Every module assignment can be focused on a topic you or your manager wants to investigate. The assignments are practically useful – write an evidence-based protocol or care pathway for your clients, plan how to improve the effectiveness of your service, evaluate and debate research in order to decide if the evidence is worth incorporating into practice, reflect on how central occupational engagement is for enhancing the health of your clients, or take a topic of interest to you. The course does not further clinical skills, nor does it lead to registration from the UK professional governing bodies, but rather focuses on developing the occupational therapist’s ability to evaluate and enhance professional practice. Up to 60 credits of academic taught module exemptions can be offered for students holding a postgraduate certificate in Occupational Therapy, relevant postgraduate modules from other universities, or substantial relevant post professional periods of study – for example, AMPS or Sensory Integration. The Department of Clinical Sciences also offers standalone modules in Occupational Therapy to develop and extend your skills. Aims Master's level study is essential if you want to gain the skills to evaluate your interventions, build professional confidence and seek out and develop existing theories, which inform your practice. This course is aimed at occupational therapists wanting to continue their professional development and develop evidence-based practice – and will broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the value of occupational therapy in today's changing world. Each module’s content is embedded in practice and overall the programme aims to develop your skills in analysing evidence, implementing and evaluating occupational therapy research. Key Features Encourages a theoretical underpinning of occupation, occupational therapy and research. Nationally recognised for excellence in teaching and research. Meets the needs of occupational therapists who wish to enhance their current practice in their workplace. Provides academic learning experiences in a supportive environment. A modular programme that can be studied full-time, part-time or as an associate student. (Associate enrolment: studying a one off-module – this is very appropriate for continuing professional development.) Facilitates reflective practice. Develops research competencies for using and developing evidence-based practice. This course will broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the value of occupational therapy in today's changing world. Each module’s content is embedded in practice and overall the programme aims to develop your skills in analysing evidence, implementing and evaluating occupational therapy research. Special Features This Brunel Master's is one of the few in the UK specialising in occupational therapy, and it has been especially designed to meet your needs as a practising therapist, helping you to gain greater mastery in your chosen area of occupational therapy. The programme has been praised by the University validating committees as a model Master's degree for professional practitioners, for it brings theory to the workplace. Based on a sound approach to adult education, the course invites students to bring issues from practice to analyse in class. The programme was rated top out of all postgraduate programmes at Brunel University with regard to its capacity to promote personal development. Careers This programme is only for those already qualified as occupational therapists. Entry Requirements A UK first or second class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Occupational Therapy (WFOT approved). Five months or more relevant clinical experience is desirable. Applicants who hold an Occupational Therapy Diploma with a GPA 3.0/4 (or above) from Nanyang Polytechnic and have 1 year's full-time post qualification relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. Other Occupational Therapy qualifications with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis and applicants will be required to attend an interview. [-]

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) provides a Master's level route for graduates to become competent occupational therapists equipped for life-long, safe and effective practice within the global marketplace. [+]

Occupational Therapy (OT) at Brunel is one of the largest, longest established, and most highly regarded programmes in the world. In fact, we are the original ‘London School of Occupational Therapy.’ The MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) provides a Master's level route for graduates to become competent occupational therapists equipped for life-long, safe and effective practice within the global marketplace. This course is for those who are not already qualified as occupational therapists. It is a professional full-time programme, which will prepare you to become a competent occupational therapist in a variety of health and social care settings. It also allows students to be eligible to apply for: Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists. In January 2016 our programme was given “Candidacy Status” by The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), which confirms that Brunel has successfully completed the first step in the three-step initial accreditation process - see more at: AOTA OT Master's-Level Programs - Developing. The programme will now proceed with step two - the pre-accreditation review of the programme. Brunel is scheduled to submit its self-study in July 2016. We anticipate an on-site visit in late 2016 or early 2017 followed by an accreditation decision by mid-2017. Aims This programme differs from other Master's programmes in that it is a professional programme at postgraduate level and is full-time. It is not for those who are already qualified occupational therapists. Nevertheless, this course aims to prepare you to become a competent occupational therapist equipped for lifelong, safe and effective practice in a variety of health and social care settings. We provide a high-quality educational programme, which ensures that you are properly qualified, prepared and safe to practise. Occupational therapy students typically choose this career for the following reasons: variety of work the challenge personal and one-to-one contact client/patient appreciation its holistic approach the desire to help disabled people to work in health settings job availability the chance to be creative. Programme Structure The MSc (pre-registration) occupational therapy programme benefits from being integrated with other programmes within the College of Health and Life Sciences. In their first year of study, MSc (pre-registration) occupational therapy students undertake components from a number of the current BSc modules/study blocks, as well as shared teaching with post-graduate students from the divisions of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and community health and nursing studies. In their second year of study, students share modules with other post-graduate students within the division of occupational therapy. Where learning is shared with the undergraduates, the content has been integrated into master's level modules and is assessed at master's level. The programme comprises two years full time study. Taught modules are within a three-term structure. To provide a balance between academic and practice placements and still meet the minimum of 1,000 hours of practice placements required by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists, three of the practice placement modules extend beyond the term boundaries over the summer. Academic modules are based at Brunel University in Uxbridge and practice placement modules are provided in a range of health and social care setting and increasingly in voluntary and private organisations including non-traditional settings. Special Features You will complete an integrated research dissertation as part of the Master’s. You will have the opportunity to work and learn with international students. You will have the opportunity to learn in a wide range of practice areas. The programme is accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy. Careers As a career, occupational therapy offers many opportunities to work in the health service, social services, education or the private and voluntary sector. The role is an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists work to enable people to get back home following a stay in hospital, they may support people at home to live independently in their communities, they may be working to help people get back to paid or voluntary work. Occupational therapists work across the lifespan and many specialise as they develop their expertise. At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself. Entry Requirements At the time of application, you must have a completed a UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification (any discipline) with strong applicants demonstrating a science profile (health and social care experience relevant to OT) and evidence of informed insight into the profession of occupational therapy. Applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree in a subject relevant to occupational therapy (for example biology, psychology, human sciences and sociology) and who have extensive experience of working in a health or social care setting relevant to OT will be considered and assessed on an individual basis. Evidence of academic achievement in the last five years will be required. [-]

MSc Psychological Sciences

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

The MSc Psychological Sciences conversion course provides a post-graduate qualification enabling students from a range of backgrounds to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership in Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS). [+]

The MSc Psychological Sciences conversion course provides a post-graduate qualification enabling students from a range of backgrounds to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership in Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Moreover, the conversion course provides a sound knowledge of the diverse approaches to the study of behaviour encompassed within the core areas of psychology. Finally, the course emphasises the development of transferable knowledge, analytic expertise and research skills, which will be useful across the diverse areas of employment that attract psychology graduates and as a basis for further advanced study within the discipline (e.g. PhD, ClinPsyD, DEdPsy). Aims Psychology is defined as the study of mind and behaviour. Psychology is simultaneously a biological science and a social science, providing an exceptionally broad range of conceptual perspectives and empirical skills that will enable students to compete effectively in the workforce upon graduation. The programme aims to provide students with: Coverage of all of the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership in Psychology within the British Psychological Society (BPS). A comprehensive understanding, and critical awareness, of how the theories, methods, and research findings of psychology draw upon and contribute to the natural sciences and the social sciences alike. A comprehensive and systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current issues relating to important concepts, theoretical issues, research findings, historical issues, recent advances, and research methods in psychology. Comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding of relevant concepts, theoretical issues, research findings, recent advances, and research methods in biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and social psychology that are critical for research in psychology. The opportunity to acquire comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding of a particular topic in psychology and to conduct an original empirical research project in that area. The opportunity to acquire important transferable, advanced research skills (e.g. research design, data analysis, report preparation). Special Features The MSc Psychological Sciences conversion course will provide a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) in Psychology, as conferred by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This is an entry requirement for all postgraduate training programmes leading to chartered status and the vast majority of postgraduate programmes accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a practitioner psychologist. There is a focus during the programme on developing students' sound knowledge of research methods and statistics - highly desirable skills in many areas of potential employment and so fundamental to the value added by the degree. A wide range of options are available for students to pursue their own particular research interests (culminating in the dissertation) within the discipline. Employability According to the BPS publication, Your Journey into Psychology (2014), “Studying psychology can help you pursue postgraduate training as well as finding employment in a variety of sectors including education, business, health and the media.” (p. 12). In a recent study conducted by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, more than 55% of UK students with Psychology undergraduate degrees gain employment within six months of obtaining their BSc degrees; and an additional 10% of UK students with Psychology undergraduate degrees go on to PhD Psychology programmes. We anticipate that these figures will be even higher for graduates of the proposed MSc Psychological Sciences conversion course (i.e. well over two-third of the students in our MSc Psychological Sciences conversion course are expected to gain employment or to pursue higher degrees within six months after graduating). Entry Requirements A UK first or second class (2:1) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a Natural Science, Social Science or a non-BPS accredited degree in Psychology. Applicants will be required to show evidence of GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) in Maths. Applicants with other degrees and disciplines with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be interviewed either in person or by telephone. [-]

MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30 months September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

The course is aimed at students with a background in sport sciences who wish to take a broad-based degree that combines a range of self-selected modules from across the two specialist pathways: Human Performance and Sport Psychology. [+]

About the course The course is aimed at students with a background in sport sciences who wish to take a broad-based degree that combines a range of self-selected modules from across the two specialist pathways: Human Performance and Sport Psychology. It includes the module ‘Physical Activity and Health’ in which contemporary issues such as obesity and injury rehabilitation are examined from a multi and interdisciplinary perspective. Aims You will have significant scope to tailor a programme of study to your specific needs. You will build upon your existing knowledge and extend your understanding of selected areas in sport, health and exercise sciences. You will encounter a range of learning experiences designed to enhance critical analysis and independence of thought. You will be given grounding in research methods and data analysis that prepares you for higher research-related degrees (e.g. PhD). Special Features The Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences enjoy a prominent position within the University, building upon traditions that stem from Borough Road College – the oldest teacher-training college in the British Commonwealth. We have a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and an impressive record of research and publication which consistently attracts high-calibre students, including high level sportsmen and sportswomen who successfully combine study with training and competition. Our students have varied backgrounds and interests – some are keen to gain knowledge about sports performance, others are keen to explore the links between sport and, for example, community, education, health, and politics. Sport is a hugely popular form of culture around the world and the academic study of sport has grown in popularity to meet the demands of the global sports industry. In parallel with these developments, sport sciences courses at Brunel are up-to-date, dynamic, and forward-looking. We have some of the best sports facilities in the UK which include an indoor and outdoor sports and fitness complex. For more information visit Brunel University Sport. If you are interested in studying sport or forging a sport-related career, we welcome your application to study for a postgraduate degree in sport sciences at Brunel University London. Entry Requirements A UK upper second class (2:1) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Sports Sciences or graduates who have completed a joint course with Sport Sciences or Sports studies as one of their subjects. Other disciplines including medicine, medical science, veterinary medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy or any biological science will also be considered providing they can show evidence of at least one year’s experience of working in science or an area allied to medicine and/or sport and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with a lower second class degree (2:2) in Sports Sciences or graduates who have completed a joint course with Sport Sciences or Sports studies as one of their subjects providing they can show evidence of at least one year’s experience of working in science or an area allied to medicine and or sport and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants may be required to have an interview NB: Hepatitis B immunisation will be required as students on this pathway will be involved in taking capillary blood samples. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year. English Language Requirements IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas) Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores) BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas) [-]

MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Human Performance)

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30 months September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

This course primarily focuses on the physiological and biomechanical elements of the human performer, while also providing you with grounding in the lab techniques used by physiologists and biomechanists. [+]

About the Course This course primarily focuses on the physiological and biomechanical elements of the human performer, while also providing you with grounding in the lab techniques used by physiologists and biomechanists. The course serves as ideal preparation for those wishing to pursue accreditation as a Sport Scientist through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Aims You will build on your existing knowledge and extend your understanding of applied physiology and sport and exercise biomechanics. You will encounter experiences designed to enhance your critical analysis and independence of thought. You will develop your understanding of, and competence in, research methods and statistical analysis. You will be able to critically evaluate and initiate project work relevant to applied physiology and sport and exercise biomechanics. You will be provided with a sound and secure basis from which you may proceed to a research degree (eg PhD) or a career as an applied sport scientist with specialist knowledge in applied physiology and sport and exercise biomechanics. You will benefit from an integrated study programme that is compatible with current guidelines and benchmarks provided by or through BASES Special Features The School of Sport and Education enjoys a prominent position within the university, building upon traditions that stem from Borough Road College - the oldest teacher-training college in the British Commonwealth. We have a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and an impressive record of research and publication which consistently attracts high-calibre students, including high level sportsmen and sportswomen who successfully combine study with training and competition. Our students have varied backgrounds and interests. Some are keen to gain knowledge about sports performance, others are keen to explore the links between sport and, for example, community, education, health, and politics. Sport is a hugely popular form of culture around the world and the academic study of sport has grown in popularity to meet the demands of the global sports industry. In parallel with these developments, sport sciences courses at Brunel are up-to-date, dynamic, and forward-looking. Entry Requirements A UK upper second class (2:1) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Sports Sciences or graduates who have completed a joint course with Sport Sciences or Sports Studies as one of their subjects. Other disciplines including Medicine, medical science, veterinary medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy or any biological science will also be considered providing they can show evidence of at least one year’s experience of working in science or an area allied to medicine and or sport and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with a lower second class degree (2.2) in Sports Sciences or graduates who have completed a joint course with Sport Sciences or Sports Studies as one of their subjects providing they can show evidence of at least one year’s experience of working in science or an area allied to medicine and or sport will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants may be required to have an interview. NB: Hepatitis B immunisation will be required as students on this pathway will be involved in taking capillary blood samples. [-]

MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Sport Psychology)

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30 months September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

The course runs in parallel with our British Psychological Society (BPS) – accredited Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc. The Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Sport Psychology) MSc focuses on the application of psychology in the sport and exercise domain. [+]

About the Course The course runs in parallel with our British Psychological Society (BPS) – accredited Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc. The Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Sport Psychology) MSc focuses on the application of psychology in the sport and exercise domain. The course is aimed at students with a background in sport sciences who wish to specialise in sport and exercise psychology, potentially pursuing a career either in research or as a sport scientist accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). It includes the module ‘Physical Activity and Health’ in which contemporary issues such as obesity and injury rehabilitation are examined from a multi and interdisciplinary perspective. Aims You will be provided with a coherent programme of study that prepares you for training to become accredited through BASES. You will extend your knowledge and understanding in the field of sport and exercise psychology. You will encounter a range of learning experiences designed to enhance critical analysis and independence of thought. You will be given grounding in research methods and data analysis that prepares you for higher research-related degrees (e.g. PhD). Special Features The Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences enjoy a prominent position within the University, building upon traditions that stem from Borough Road College - the oldest teacher-training college in the British Commonwealth. We have a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and an impressive record of research and publication which consistently attracts high-calibre students, including high level sportsmen and sportswomen who successfully combine study with training and competition. The modules and content of our MSc Sport Sciences (Sport Psychology) course were re-designed to align with the criteria set out by the BPS’ Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. The course capitalises on the extensive research and consultancy expertise within the sport and exercise psychology teaching team. We currently have three staff members who are BPS-Chartered Psychologists registered as consultants with the Health Professions Council and have excellent consultancy links within football and tennis. Many of our graduates have secured work-experience placements after completing their course and we are looking to further develop these opportunities. For example, recent graduates from our sport psychology courses have worked with: Fulham FC, Southampton FC, Wickham Wonderers FC, Sutton Tennis Academy, West Indies Cricket Board, IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy. We have some of the best sports facilities in the UK which include an indoor and outdoor sports and fitness complex. For more information visit Brunel University Sport. Entry Requirements The entry requirement is at least a UK upper second class (2:1) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Sport Sciences; Psychology or a related discipline. This includes graduates who have completed a joint course with Sport Sciences or Psychology as one of their subjects as well as Single Honours Sports Sciences or Psychology graduates. Applicants may be required to attend a telephone interview. [-]

MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

The MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology is aimed at students who have completed a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited undergraduate degree in psychology and who wish to specialise in sport and exercise psychology, either as researchers or practitioners... [+]

About the Course This course runs in parallel with our MSc Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences (Sport Psychology) course and focuses on the application of psychology in the sport and exercise domain. The course is aimed at students who hold or plan to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and who wish to specialise in sport and exercise psychology, either as researchers or Health and Care Professions Council registered practitioners. Aims You will be provided with a coherent programme of study, consistent with the BPS accreditation criteria, that prepares you for Stage 2 of training to become a sport and exercise psychologist. You will extend your knowledge and understanding in the field of sport and exercise psychology. You will encounter a range of learning experiences designed to enhance critical analysis and independence of thought. You will be given grounding in research methods and data analysis that prepares you for higher research-related degrees (e.g. PhD). Special Features Highly relevant curriculum: The course content aligns with the BPS regulations and capitalises on the extensive research and consultancy expertise of the teaching team. Teaching excellence: The Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences enjoy a prominent position within the University, building upon traditions that stem from Borough Road College – the oldest teacher-training college in the British Commonwealth. We have a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and an impressive record of research and publication which consistently attracts high-calibre students, including high level sportsmen and sportswomen who successfully combine study with training and competition. Prestigious placements: Many of our graduates have secured outstanding work-experience placements after completing their course, including work with Fulham FC, Southampton FC, Wickham Wanderers FC, Sutton Tennis Academy, West Indies Cricket Board, the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy, and Chelsea FC Academy. Quality sports facilities: Brunel University offers state-of the-art indoor and outdoor sports facilities including an international standard 400 metre, 6-lane track with full field event facilities and a Sports Hall housing an climbing wall and pump room – rated in the top 10 in the country by the British Mountaineering Council. Accreditation This course is fully accredited by the BPS; therefore, students who successfully complete the course will have passed Stage 1 of training for becoming a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. Entry Requirements The minimum entry requirement is an upper second class Honours degree (2:1) in Psychology or Sport and Exercise Sciences. Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) is no longer required before taking this course; however, students wishing to enrol on Stage 2 practitioner training must have GBC either by virtue of their undergraduate degree or successfully completing a BPS-accredited conversion course. Students who hold a good Honours degree in an unrelated subject who have successfully completed a BPS-accredited conversion course (e.g. Graduate Diploma in Psychology) are also eligible to apply. Note: In the UK, GBC is attained either by completing a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree in psychology (minimum lower 2nd class Honours) or by completing a BPS-accredited conversion course. If you have completed a degree in Psychology outside of the UK the BPS will consider applications for GBC on an individual basis. The Society will consider whether you hold a degree from a recognised university or comparable institution and if it is of an equivalent standard to a British bachelors degree at a minimum lower 2nd class Honours level (in addition whether your degree includes at least 50 per cent psychology). Applicants may be required to attend a telephone interview. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year. [-]

MSc Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design

Campus Full time 12 - 18 months September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The MSc in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design (with Professional Development) is an 18-month programme – 12 months for the study at Brunel followed by a six-month professional development phase. [+]

The results of unsustainable human development in the 21st century are evident as climate change, species extinction, pollution, poverty and inequality become inescapable global realities. The next big challenge for society is to transform our economy to incorporate the principles of sustainability. This presents an exciting opportunity to rethink, redesign and rebuild a positive future for business practice. The MSc in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design (with Professional Development) is an 18-month programme – 12 months for the study at Brunel followed by a six-month professional development phase. There is an option to complete the MSc in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design in 12 months (without the professional development phase) but students will be encouraged to engage with the professional development phase to achieve the maximum from the programme. Brunel University also offers the Graduate Entrepreneur post-study visa, which represents a perfect opportunity for our international graduates to apply their new skills in the UK following graduation. The course is jointly run between the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, the School of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, and Brunel Business School. Aims This programme will equip entrepreneurial minded graduates with two essential ingredients: firstly, the mindset and ability to play a key role in building a sustainable world – one that is not only prosperous, but also environmentally stable and socially inclusive secondly, hands-on experience, such that they can become entrepreneurs, business leaders, change-makers and innovators. Upon graduating, students will be able to become key figures in local, regional, national or global businesses; holistic thinkers and visionary leaders in their communities, corporations, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. They will be encouraged to infuse environmental awareness into societies and make tangible contributions to the theory and practice of environmental protection, sustainable business and a circular (green) economy. Course Content Core modules Introduction to Strategic Sustainable Development Entrepreneurship Business Planning International Business Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Governance Sustainable Design Professional Design Studio Intergrated Assessment - Sustainability and Entreprenuership Intergrated Assessment- Sustainability and Design Dissertation Sustainable Development in Practice (Compulsory for the MSc with professional development). Employability The programme will gain employers recognition, because graduates will obtain qualifications and skills enabling them to deal with sustainability and environmental management issues which are now becoming important factors for all various types of businesses. The move to a sustainable society is likely to see a transformation similar to that of digital economy with all sectors of the economy and industry responding to sustainable development and low carbon imperatives and targets, demanding both industry and public informed strategy and leadership. Students who undertake the 6-month Professional Development will be given the opportunity to undertake a Professional Development Programme. This will include mentorship from leading entrepreneurs, business leaders, inventors and academics, intensive corporate exposure, and business start-up opportunities. Careers Graduates from the MSc course will expect to: Start their own green businesses as entrepreneurs and/or designer/innovators. Become change-makers and leaders in existing businesses moving towards sustainability. Join corporate institutions and public bodies (eg local and regional government, NGOs) as senior sustainability and environmental coordinators/managers. Become advisers on sustainable business and policy, sustainable new product development and investment/funding within existing companies, or as consultants in new business ventures. The latter will include new 'green' product and service enterprises and sustainability service providers. Entry Requirements A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in design, science and engineering, management, business studies or a cognate discipline. Applicants with a third class honours degree or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-level (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. All applicants shortlisted are required to attend an interview. [-]

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MA Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30 months September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

The Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society MA is designed to provide students with training in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theory. It observes the relation between theory and practice and establishes a scientific grounding through its emphasis on the clinical writings of Freud, Klein and Lacan. [+]

How are our behaviours influenced by unconscious motives? Which conflicts lie at the heart of contemporary individual and social problems? What explains our cultural and ideological obsession with power and violence? The Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society MA is designed to provide students with training in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theory. It observes the relation between theory and practice and establishes a scientific grounding through its emphasis on the clinical writings of Freud, Klein and Lacan. The course also offers the opportunity to develop a psychoanalytic approach to contemporary socio-cultural issues, in particular questions of political ideology, social conflict and violence. It engages with the relation between the psychoanalytic and social fields by exploring how to conceive of a psychoanalytic social theory. It questions how we can provide a specifically psychoanalytic account of social relations and focuses on issues raised by post-structuralist and feminist accounts of sexuality. Aims This degree is relevant to a wide range of graduates in the social sciences, humanities and fine art, as well as those with professional interests in psychotherapy and analysis who wish to develop and apply their skills to the issues and areas on which this degree focuses. Previous and current students have included art and film students, teachers and art historians as well as psychologists and analysts - and recently included a performance artist. Many European and overseas students from Latin America and further afield have also undertaken this degree. Course Content The course engages with the issue of the relation between the psychoanalytic and social fields by exploring how to think a psychoanalytic social theory. Unlike many approaches to theorising the social in relation to the psychoanalytic field, it does not approach this question by adding "psychoanalysis" to an already existing theory of the social world, nor by reducing the social to the psychic. Rather, it questions how we can provide a specifically psychoanalytic account of social relations. In thinking the relation between psyche and sociality, it engages with the issues raised by the psychoanalytic and feminist accounts of sexuality. These issues are taken and further explored in an examination of psychoanalysis as social theory, particularly as developed by Slavoj Zizek. This work enables us to consider social relations as real, imaginary and symbolic relations between subjects. The social in the psychoanalytic field is rethought as constituted in phantasmatic and symbolic relations between subjects. Rethinking the social relation in this way raises questions about the relation between social change and the clinic, bringing the question of sociality within the field of clinical practice. In this way, the social relation is re-inscribed in the psychoanalytic relation. The relation between social change and the clinic is also explored through the aesthetic object. If we take seriously the proposition that the world is psychoanalytic, then we can take the aesthetic object and treat it psychoanalytically. Unlike much work in this area, this course does not begin with the particular disciplinary formulation of the art object as a function of art history, art criticism or a clinical reading. Instead, it questions how we can provide a psychoanalytic account of the aesthetic object and what a psychoanalytic practice in the field of art might be. We can only do this by starting with the knowledge acquired in psychoanalytic clinical practice. Nonetheless the psychoanalytic field of art has its own autonomy. This course and the work of the students on it will contribute to the development of that autonomous field. The knowledge derived from the encounter with the cultural object has implications for the clinic. After all, when Freud could not solve the riddle of sexual difference he told us to go to the poets for enlightenment. Cultural practices can signal social change. A psychoanalytic understanding of these practices can raise questions for clinical practice. Special Features We have an international research reputation, with particular expertise in areas such as neuropsychology, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology and social psychology. The Centre for Cognition and Neuroimaging jointly owns a 3-Tesla fMRI scanner dedicated to research, as part of the ‘CU BIC ’ collaboration with Royal Holloway, Roehampton and Surrey Universities. Academics have published high-impact journal articles and books on a broad range of subjects and have received research funding from a variety of bodies, including the EU, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Home Office, the Department of Health, The Wellcome Trust, The Leverhulme Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Careers After undertaking this degree you will be equipped to understand and further develop your interests in psychoanalytic practice and the psychoanalytic study of contemporary social issues. Some students have gone on to teach and lecture in this area; others have become (Lacanian) analysts, or taken other intensive analytic training courses. Several students have subsequently undertaken PhD degrees not only directly in psychoanalytic studies but also in Art History; others have used their degrees in different kinds of ways through careers in business and the commercial sector, or in youth work and management. The diversity of career paths taken by graduates from the degree emphasises its enriching role in a wide variety of ways in developing both personal and professional opportunities. Entry Requirements A UK first or 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a social sciences, humanities or arts discipline. Applicants from a non-related discipline will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with other degrees in a related discipline with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. [-]

MA Social Work

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The Social Work MA programme aims to educate and train individuals to be reflective, research-minded practitioners who are able to work critically and professionally and in accordance with the principle of anti-oppressive practice. [+]

The Social Work MA programme aims to educate and train individuals to be reflective, research-minded practitioners who are able to work critically and professionally and in accordance with the principle of anti-oppressive practice. Graduates who successfully complete this programme are eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration. The professional and academic elements are closely integrated throughout the programme. There are 170 placement days, with the working week divided between time in placement and time in the University. Aims This MA Social Work degree programme aims to provide high quality post graduate social work education and training to equip students with comprehensive pre-entry skills to work in any agency employing social workers in the United Kingdom. Although the statutory sector is the major employer, increasingly social workers are being recruited into volutary and private sectors in a variety of service provision roles including community-based, residential or day care services in the UK and abroad. The programme seeks to encourage the personal responsibility of students to function as independent learners and to develop a critical and reflective appreciation of the role of social work in society. The curriculum provides teaching in both academic and practice elements, which are fully integrated at Brunel University London. It is designed to ensure that learning occurs in an incremental way, with learning outcomes that develop across levels enabling students to demonstrate progression in professional knowledge, skills and values through two years of study. Specifically, the programme aims to: prepare students for critical and reflective professional practice according to the HCPC’s approval standards of education, and The College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework; equip students to practise ethical, innovative and effective social work practice that actively promotes social justice in a diverse society integrate learning in academic and practice elements of the programme so that students have a holistic understanding of social work in variety of professional contexts enable students to identify, understand and critically appraise evidence and research which can inform social work practice enable graduates to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply for membership with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). Special Features The programme is transitionally approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Students enjoy first-rate facilities in the new Mary Seacole Building. We are one of the leading providers of university-based social work and social policy research in London and have attracted funding from, amongst other sources, the ESRC, the AHRC, Nuffield Foundation, the Rowntree Trust, the European Union, the Department for Education and Skills and the NHS. Students benefit from close links with social care providers in local government and in the voluntary sector. Service users and carers are crucial to our work, and our BEEC (Brunel Experts by Experience Committee) enables them to be involved at all stages of the MA, from interview to assessment. Recent groundbreaking research into personalisation, service user involvement, Family Drug and Alcohol Courts, young onset dementia and youth and religion, amongst other areas, feed into our taught programmes, making them highly relevant and up-to-date. Our academics include the authors of best selling books on citizenship, community care and child protection. Anti-oppressive practice has been at the core of our education and training philosophy for some years and this emphasis is evident in the teaching of this programme. Brunel University has a long history of securing a range of quality placements across London and surrounding areas. We have substantial experience in working across the statutory and independent sector and have strong partnership links. Employability Brunel University London has strong partnership links with local authorities such as Ealing and Hillingdon and our post-graduate social work students have a track record of securing social work jobs with our partner agencies. Employers and Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) coordinators regularly attend careers workshops where students are given intensive training in interviewing skills, presenting a comprehensive portfolio of work and being competitive in the social work market. Careers In February 2015, the Department of Education recorded a total of 26,810 registered social workers employed in Children and Families Social Work in England (DoE, 2015). The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey data from 2013/14 reported that a total of 64, 285 post-graduate students in the UK, entered health and social care related employment. The register for professional social workers with the Health and Care Professional Council opened in 2012 and there are currently 89,033 registered social workers in England (HCPC, 2015). The social work course at Brunel University London provides a very high percentage of post-graduate students who go onto leave and successfully get jobs in social work positions around the country, with over 83% securing jobs in the London area (DLHE, 2015). Entry Requirements We normally require a First class or 2.1 Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification. We will consider applicants with at least a 2.2 Honours degree in a related subject (e.g Education, Sociology, Social Policy, Politics, Psychology, Law, Health and/or Social Care). Applicants must demonstrate how their previous experience in paid employment or structured voluntary work with a relevant organisation has prepared them for a career in social work. While there is no formal requirement for a set amount of time spent getting work experience we normally expect at least a year’s full-time (or part-time equivalent) experience. Applicants should also demonstrate what they have learnt from their own life/educational/work/voluntary experiences as appropriate to their life stage and how these have prepared them for a career in social work. Each application will be considered on an individual basis. All applicants must hold a GCSE Grade C in English Language and Mathematics or an acceptable equivalent at application stage and must possess basic IT skills prior to the start of the programme. An ability to communicate accurately and clearly in spoken and written English and the ability to think critically and analytically Applicants will need to provide two references: an academic reference from first degree and a character reference from someone who can testify to their suitability for a career in Social Work; All applicants must demonstrate: appropriate personal qualities and life experiences ability to reflect on and positively learn from significant events in their life recent undertaking of pre-course preparatory work either by making use of training opportunities within their work or by undertaking relevant study the ability to express themselves orally and in writing and the ability to think critically and analytically and an understanding of the role of research in informing social work practice. This is a highly selective course and only the strongest applicants will be invited for interview. [-]

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