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Military Veterans' Health and Wellbeing


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

Start Dates(s): September


MSc (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)

PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)

PgCert (four months full-time or one year part-time)


Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

Full-time PgDip - £5,040

Full-time PgCert - £2,520

Full-time PgCert - £2,520

In Brief:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work with military veterans and their families
  • Develop expertise that will equip you to lead a service that meets the needs of the veteran community
  • Consider and master the evidence base that affects transition to civilian life
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

With a focus on the transition from military to civilian life and the challenges this poses in the areas of health, housing, employment, education and welfare, this is the only course of its kind in the North West of England.

The student body at the University is highly multicultural and interdisciplinary. You will benefit from the expertise of our academic staff and receive full support throughout your studies. And you can look forward to studying in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Enhanced flexibility of study through online tuition. Engage in learning  at times convenient to yourself through online lectures and learning activities, whilst  benefiting from weekly, interactive online lectures and seminars with tutors and fellow students

Course Details

The MSc in Military Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing will teach you how to:

  • Critically analyse the health and social-care needs of veterans and their families
  • Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the complexities and challenges experienced by the veteran community during and after their transition to civilian life
  • Critically appraise the underpinning evidence and research in this area, with a view to assisting veterans and their families with the transition to civilian life
  • Develop reasoning and problem-solving skills that will have a positive effect on the care you supply to veterans and their families

Course Structure

You can take this course on a full-time or part-time basis, starting in September.

If you follow the full-time route you will take two modules in semester one and two modules in semester two, and work on your dissertation in semester three.

If you choose the part time route, you’ll take one module each semester.

Full-time route (one year)

Semester 1

  • Module one: Health and Wellbeing Issues Facing the Veteran and their Family (30 credits)
  • Module two: Challenges in Transition to Civilian Life (30 Credits)

Semester 2

  • Module three: Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Module four: Psychological, Social and Health Interventions for Veterans and their Family (30 credits) OR Military Veterans and Emergency Service Personnel Interventions (30 credits)

Semester 3

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Part–time route

Semester 1 (Year One)

  • Module one: Health and Wellbeing Issues Facing the Veteran and their Family (30 credits)

Semester 2 (Year One)

  • Module two: Psychological, Social and Health Interventions for Veterans and their Family (30 credits) OR Military Veterans and Emergency Service Personnel Interventions (30 credits)

Semester 1 (Year Two)

  • Module three: Challenges in Transition to Civilian Life (30 Credits)

Semester 2 (Year Two)

  • Module four: Research Methods (30 credits)

Semester 1 (Year Three)

  • Dissertation (60 credits)
In this module you will be encouraged to consider the issues that face those leaving service and their family unit. You will debate and critique the evidence-based literature, and hear from veterans who have experienced health and wellbeing issues following military service.      
This module develops your understanding of the challenges facing military veterans and their families during the process of transition to civilian life. It focuses on contributory factors to health and wellbeing, including housing, employment, education and welfare.      
This module will develop your knowledge of the appropriate intervention strategies, referral agencies and mechanisms at your disposal when available seeking to create a more positive experience for the veteran and their family.      
This module considers Cognitive Behavioural therapy approaches and interventions relating to the mental health of Military Veterans and Emergency Service Personnel. Considering the need for engagement with these communities and the mental health issues experienced. Students are  expected to undertake practice of interventions within their work environments to develop skills relating to the module content.      
This module will enhance your research skills and your ability to compare different approaches to research. You will also be prepared for undertaking your dissertation.      
For your dissertation, you can undertake a project or a systematic review of the literature around a given area of veteran transition. You will receive one-to-one supervision throughout from an experienced supervisor.

Entry Requirements

You will meet our entry requirements if you are a graduate with:

  • A 2:1 Bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK University
  • An equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere (i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at level 6 )
  • A Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate from a UK University.

You must also have relevant experience in one of the following (or a related) fields:

  • Health or social care
  • Charitable organisations that provide a service for veterans and their families
  • The armed forces

If you do not meet our academic entry requirements, you may still be successful in your application if you meet the criteria laid down in the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) route. For more information, please email

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency in the language: we require an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in any component. Find out how to take an IELTS test.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

Anyone working with the veteran community in any area of health, housing, employment, education or welfare.  It is also relevant if you are a current member of the armed forces.

Applicant profile

This course is for you if you are passionate about ensuring that the transition from military to civilian life is a smooth one.

You should want to learn more about the veteran community and be aiming to lead a service that works with veterans and their families.

The course is also suitable if you meet veterans and their families in your everyday work and want to be able to provide them with a better service.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,860
Full-time PgDip£5,040
Full-time PgCert£2,520

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


During your time on the course, you will engage with the online virtual learning environment. Online material will use live streaming and pre-recorded sessions. A variety of methods including recorded lecturers, blogs, discussions boards and live stream lectures will form the learning and teaching strategy. You will have access to tutorial support via email, phone, Facetime, Skype or any other appropriate methods that can be supported dependent on student and lecturer preference.


These include:

  • Presentations
  • Written assignments
  • Reflective pieces
  • Research proposal
  • Negotiated assessment

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Emma Louise Walker MSc, PgCert Teaching and Learning, BSc, RNMH

Emma Walker is a qualified Nursing in Mental Health with experience in primary and secondary mental health care.  Her areas of interest include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Leadership and Transition from Military to Civilian Life with particular interest in the psychological impact of transition for military veterans and their families.  

Dr Celia Hynes PhD,MA, BSc, RN, RSCN, RNT, RCNT

Dr Hynes is a trained nurse in both adult and child care. Her focus is on psychoanalytic work and its importance in leadership and management. She leads the Service Personnel Transition Programme which assists military veterans and their families with the reintegration into civilian life.


Career Prospects

This is the first course of its kind in the North West of England, but we foresee an increased demand that those working with the veteran and their family have an in-depth knowledge of their needs.

Upon graduation, you could be qualified to take a lead role in a charitable or government organisation. Graduates will also be well-place to work in the MoD, welfare sector and recovery units.

Links with Industry

The University of Salford has worked with the MoD to assist in the transition of service personnel into civilian life for the past two years.

As part of this work, the University has formed partnerships with national charities and the NHS, including the Military Veteran’s Psychological Therapies Service, national limb centres and the criminal justice service.

Further Study

This course is a good foundation from which to progress to a professional doctorate or PhD.

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