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Architecture and Wellbeing - Single module

Level 7 (15 credits)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Architecture

Start Dates(s): September


1 term


Full-time - 15 credits: £1,800

In Brief:

  • Gain an understanding of how the physical environments of healthcare settings impact on wellbeing
  • Develop the ability to work collaboratively with clinical disciplines and other professionals to translate your knowledge into briefing requirements for healthcare facilities and implement change in your organisation
  • Delivered by staff who are subject experts in their fields

Course Summary

As the demands for innovation in healthcare and architecture grow, and new improved clinical outcomes are needed, conventional practices must be challenged. 

This module has been developed to 'sow the seed' for the new practices that are required to drive innovation for the healthcare and wellbeing facilities, processes, and modes of delivery of tomorrow. As we seek to close the wellbeing gap, new design and engineering practices and new clinical practices will be forged in new relationships between those that design and engineer healthcare facilities, and those who innovate in the delivery of clinical services.

This module has been developed collaboratively across three schools at the University of Salford: the Schools of the Built Environment, Health Sciences, and Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, with additional input from industry.

In this 15 credit module you will be introduced to, and develop an understanding of, the key issues relevant to architecture – spatial design – and wellbeing in healthcare environments including:

  • wellbeing descriptions/definitions
  • policy/directives related to wellbeing and healthcare
  • human impacts of the physical environment in healthcare settings on personal wellbeing
  • descriptions of the key stakeholders and the identified critical success factors for each
  • key requirements of each stakeholder (often conflicting in complex facilities)
  • communication skills required for effective collaborative working between healthcare and built environment professionals
  • negotiating skills required for effective decision making in the design of a healthcare facility, managing change and potential conflicts
  • development of healthcare project scenarios
  • translation of wellbeing needs into briefing requirements.

Entry Requirements

We welcome applicants who are:

professionals working in:

  • built environment related fields such as architecture, interior architecture/design
  • health and social care

graduates or graduate equivalent:

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English - ILETS - an overall score of 6.5 or above is proof of this, with a minimum of 6.5 in any component.

Suitable For

All built environment and health and social care professionals, including from clinical management disciplines.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time15 credits: £1,800

Applying for postgraduate single modules

All applications for postgraduate modules are made directly to the University.

North West SHA-SLA funded applications

If your Trust is part of the North West SHA-SLA agreement, contact your CPD Lead to agree funding. You must then apply through the NHS CPD Apply system.

Self funded applications

If you are self funding a programme of study or single module, please complete the appropriate application form and send directly to the University.

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.


The course is delivered using a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, group work, directed study and presentations. The module will be taught both face-to-face as well as through a virtual learning environment.


  • Several short tasks comprise a portfolio of work
  • A written assignment of 5,000 words


Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development (CPD). On completion of this module you will have in-depth knowledge of the relationships between architecture and wellbeing. You will understand the complexities of working across various professional areas, and be able to translate multiple stakeholder needs into a briefing document for the development of healthcare facilities.

Links with Industry

We work with many organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you as we have the ability to draw upon up-to-date innovative practices, as well as contemporary issues facing professionals.

Further Study

We have a wide range of Masters level courses that you may wish to undertake depending on your profession/previous degree.

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