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Personal and Organisational Wellbeing (MA, PGCert, PGDip)

The MA Personal and Organisational Wellbeing offers clear benefits for both individuals, commercial organisations and the wider community.

For the individual it recognises and builds upon their professional competency and practice by providing an appropriate, focused and useful programme of continuing professional development.

For public / private organisations it will help develop robust academic research. This enables graduates of the programme to choose appropriate wellbeing provision for their own practice or for others.

Professionals will develop a comprehensive understanding of wellbeing principles, theories techniques and methodologies including:

  • The ‘history’ and definitions of wellbeing, examining the difference between cognition, emotions, somatics and physiology.
  • The Macro and Micro impacts and drivers of wellbeing and how they impact upon the drivers of governmental approaches and regulations.
  • Organisational initiatives delivering wellbeing in the workplace – ranging from effective leadership and appropriate cultural perspective, systems and programmes.
  • Individual wellbeing through both the conventional perspective of the medical model and by critical engagement with the alternative health provision and the placebo effect.
  • Examining your own wellbeing through the establishment of a baseline of current wellbeing (via appropriate diagnostics), the development of a personal action plan and the establishment of personal (and/or organisational) goals.

Delivery of the course is blended with a mixture of full-day workshops (e.g. delivered on campus, at a venue or within the workplace), face-to-face or online tutorials and online activities virtually within the context of work-based learning (WBL).  

Recruitment to this programme has been suspended 2023–2024.


You can apply directly to the University using the Apply Now button at the top of the page. 

There are two types of learner that can undertake the course:

  1. novice practitioners and
  2. experienced practitioners in wellbeing.

All practitioners will study the compulsory 40-credit ‘Audit of the Fundamentals of Personal & Organisational Wellbeing’ module at the commencement of the programme.   

Where the learner is an experienced practitioner and comes with

  1. significant prior learning and expertise developed through previous non-accredited and accredited courses, as well as experiential learning, there is the option for this learning to be recognised through a process of Recognition of Prior Learning
  2. the Recognition and Accreditation of Learning (RAL) module (20-credits) plus a further claim for credits.

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Contact Name: Lynsey Edwards

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course?

Choosing this course will provide you with the relevant knowledge and skills that will enable you to critically engage with current theories and practices associated with Wellbeing.

It will provide you with the right skills for productive application within your own practice and workplace, helping to resolve issues relevant to your personal, and organisational wellbeing practice.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The current context of organisational and personal life is highly unpredictable with individuals perceiving a heightened risk to health, future prosperity and family stability.

A major contributor to such perceptions is the turbulent global environment of the COVID pandemic, a highly volatile global economy/political environment and increasing awareness of the unsustainability of natural resources.

Such uncertainty requires organisations to develop flexible and innovative responses to market needs and this can only happen through high performing, committed and healthy staff.  Yet research is showing a higher than ever reporting of stress, anxiety and mental distress in all age groups of the population. It is therefore not surprising that there has been an increasing interest in well-being in general and its impact on personal and organisational functioning.

This course was developed as a result of this global picture and seeks to improve professionals' potential to inform change in Wellbeing on a personal and organisational level.

Course Aims:

To provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to critically engage with the theories and practices associated with Wellbeing in personal and organisational contexts.

To provide the opportunity for practitioners to demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of their practice in the area and apply this knowledge to evaluate problems, situations and ethical dilemmas.

To recognise and build upon practitioner’s professional competency and practice by providing an appropriate, focused and useful programme of continuing professional development to Master’s level.

To recognise the importance and complexity of the contemporary practitioner in Wellbeing role and further professionalise it.

Module Topics

Part I

PGCert, PGDipb & MA

  • Audit of the Fundamentals of Personal and Organisational Wellbeing (40 credits; compulsory)
  • Organisational Wellbeing – the Leadership Dimension (20 credits; optional)
  • Recognition and Accreditation of Learning (RAL) (20 credits; optional)
  • The Conventional Paradigm of Personal Wellbeing (20 credits; optional). 

PGDip & MA

  • Independent Study (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Organisational Wellbeing – the Cultural Dimension (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Towards an Alternative Paradigm of Personal Wellbeing (20 credits; compulsory). 

Part II


  • Wellbeing Major Project (60 credits; compulsory).

Modules are assessed 100% by coursework in the form of:

  • Written assignments
  • Management reports
  • Reflective journals
  • Presentation with supporting paper
  • A major project

There are no exams.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

Working or volunteering in a professional capacity with wellbeing in consideration.

Career Opportunities

Career enhancement and progression.

Additional Costs
  • £50- £100 per annum to cover residential costs.
  • Personal laptop or computer and internet access is essential for studies.
Related Courses
  • Well-being, Learning and Professional Development (MA)
Further Information

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