A unique course combining both health and built environment disciplines
Address the challenges in assisted and independent living
Study entirely online using our Virtual Learning Environment
This course is a first of its kind which brings together the disciplines of the built environment including design, and health, to address societal challenges in assisted and independent living. We offer a radical re-think in how you can holistically work together with other professions to provide better built environment design and facilities, and improved care services that support these environments. We welcome students from any discipline and background. You can complete the full Masters or exit with a PgCert or PgDip.
This course is delivered entirely online providing you with the opportunity to learn from, share and engage in critical debate with peers and colleagues both within the UK and internationally. You will be part of an online community of like-minded individuals who support and encourage each other to make a difference to the lives of people who will benefit from our improved understanding of assisted and independent living.
Our Virtual Learning Environment is easy and straightforward to use and basic computer understanding is all that is required. We will provide you with tutorial and technical support.
Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over one year (60 credits). Core modules are Inclusive Residential Environments and Designing for Accessibility and Inclusion. Depending on whether you start the PgCert in January or September determines which module you study first.
Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years (120 credits)
Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over three years (180 credits)
An undergraduate degree from any discipline (2.2 or above) OR a professional qualification from any discipline OR APL (see below).
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 types of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
We welcome applicants from all professions and this course is highly appropriate if you have an interest or background in: assisted, independent and supported living; ageing and the environment; ageing in place; built environments and design; architecture, planning and urban design; disability and rehabilitation.
Your study will take place online, and you will not be required to attend the University at any point. However, you will have full access to our online library resources and other student support services. Your online learning will take place in our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. You will attend online lectures (typically one per week over a 12 week duration) in real-time and engage in tutor-led and peer-led discussions and learning. Additionally, there will be tutor-led support outside of these formal classes. The teaching style is interactive and participative.
The course utilises the concept of negotiated assessments which means that you will have a broad assignment brief from which you can focus the specifics of the assignment to meet your learning needs, your current interests and the needs of your workplace (if appropriate). Your tutor will ensure that your chosen focus has academic rigour and is equitable with the rest of your cohort; There is one assignment per module. There are no examinations.
The course is managed and taught by staff from both the School of the Built Environment, and the School of Health Sciences.
Marcus Ormerod is Professor and Director of the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre within the School of the Built Environment. As a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the National Register of Access Consultants, Marcus pioneered the development of teaching and research in inclusive design of the built environment within the UK. Further details at www.salford.ac.uk/surface and www.seek.salford.ac.uk/profiles/ORMEROD783.jsp.
Rita Newton is a senior lecturer and member of the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre within the School of the Built Environment. Rita’s specialism is environmental gerontology and developing our understanding of ageing and its relationship with the built environment. Further details at www.salford.ac.uk/surface and www.seek.salford.ac.uk/profiles/NEWTON766.jsp.
Rachel Russell is a full-time PhD student within the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre, having been funded with a prestigious scholarship from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Rachel is an occupational therapist particularly interested in built environments, design processes, and user activity / engagement. Further details at www.salford.ac.uk/surface.
Jo-Anne Mellson is senior lecturer and occupational therapist with the Directorate of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences. Prior to moving into education, Jo has significant experience in physical disability including community rehabilitation, and workplace / ergonomic assessment. Further details.
Carol Bartley is lecturer and occupational therapist with the Directorate of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences.
Deborah Davies is lecturer and occupational therapist with the Directorate of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences. Deborah has worked clinically in a variety of settings including general medicine, orthopaedics, cardiac rehabilitation, older people in the community, child psychiatry, learning disability, and equipment and adaptation services. Further details.
The skills you will learn on this course will significantly improve your existing practice in assisted and independent living, or your job prospects as someone who wants to enter the field as a newcomer.
The course team has extensive links with industry, policy and practice, both within the built environment including design, and within health, and at a local, national, and international level. As a student on the course, you will benefit from up-to-date teaching and learning, underpinned by best practices drawn from both our research, and from our external links.
Upon completion of the MSc, you will be eligible to apply for a research degree – either a PhD or a Professional Doctorate, both of which can be studied by distance learning part-time or full-time.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Distance Learning||£1,275 per 30 credits|
|International Distance Learning||£1,667 per 30 credits|
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We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing and binding.
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.
This is a new course starting from September 2015
MSc (three years part-time distance learning)
PgDip (two years part-time distance learning)
PgCert (one year part-time distance learning)