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Mindfulness and Compassion PGDip, MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLST146

Study options:

2 years part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

£14,150 (MSc)
£9,433.33 (PGDip)

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Overview

Research has shown that positive emotions, such as kindness and compassion, can be learned by practising techniques like yoga or meditation. Teaching self-compassion and awareness can therefore be used in a range of personal and professional contexts to improve an individual’s physical and emotional wellbeing, reducing anxiety, depression or stress, leading to healthier lifestyles and more satisfying relationships.

Delivered in partnership with Mindfulness CIC, a specialist training organisation, this exciting new part-time course will develop a clear understanding of mindfulness and compassion, its origin and the development of personal practice and teaching practice. You will be expected to lead meditations and introduce mindfulness to beginners, strengthening your own meditation practice during a six-day retreat.

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Mindfulness CIC

This course is delivered in partnership with Mindfulness CIC, formerly the Midlands Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion.

Course information

During the first year, you will be expected to reflect regularly on the development of your own meditation practice, cultivating an understanding of the impact of mindfulness on your lives.

We will introduce a range of meditation practices, including mindfulness of body and breath, bodyscan and loving-kindness, exploring the theories and rationale behind them. We also aim to develop a good understanding of research methods, analysing relevant empirical research which evidences the mental and physical outcomes of mindfulness.

You will have the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of the life of the Buddha and Buddhist teachings on Right Mindfulness, traditionally the seventh part of the Eightfold Path of Buddhism, the means by which enlightenment may be realised. We also consider various western secular-based mindfulness interventions, like focusing and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

During the second year, you will be introduced to neuropsychology with regards to mindfulness, the structural changes that occur in the brain in response to meditation. We consider mindfulness in a range of contexts, including educational and a range of healthcare settings.

In order to gain an MSc, you will conduct an advanced literature review on a topic of your choice. This could be related to a personal passion or your professional role, anything from mindfulness within areas of healthcare to the role of mindfulness in long-term medical conditions or how mindfulness has a role to play in business.

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
    • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Semester 2

    • Western Secular Based Mindfulness Interventions 
    • Research methods
  • Semester 3

    • Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreat
    • Mindfulness Teacher Training 2
  • Semester 4

    • Mindfulness and the Brain
    • Mindfulness in Context
  • Semester 5

    • Advanced literature review
  • Semester 6

    • Waking up and Compassion

In more detail...

  • You will have the opportunity to lead meditations and introduce mindfulness to beginners.
  • Delivered in collaboration with the Mindfulness CIC, formerly known as the Midlands Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion.
  • Staff with knowledge in a variety of specialist areas contribute to the course including, health psychology, Buddhist philosophy, biological and counseling psychology.
  • Guest speakers include a range of specialists’ teaching mindfulness in their areas of interest, such as healthcare, education, sport, workplace/business. We also have Buddhist speakers and teachers from Breathworks.
  • Builds on our suite of postgraduate Psychology courses, which have an outstanding track record for graduate employability – 100% of our Psychology students were in work or continuing their studies within six months of graduation (DLHE 2014/15).

Your main study themes are: 

  • Introduction to Mindfulness: This takes you through aspects and themes within an eight-week course, allowing you to develop and learn to reflect personally and academically on your learning and personal mindfulness practice.

  • Buddhism:  Provides an in-depth knowledge of the life of the Buddha and a solid grounding in Buddhist teachings on mindfulness. We will explain Buddhist philosophies, like Karma and rebirth. You will develop an understanding of the four noble truths, which are the foundations for Buddhism: the truth of suffering (dukkha); the truth of the cause of suffering (samudaya); the truth of the end of suffering (nirhodha); and the truth of the path that frees us from suffering (magga). You will reflect on these four noble truths in terms of how they manifest in your own life.

  • Western Mindfulness Interventions: You will be introduced to a range of Western secular-based mindfulness interventions including: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction; Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy; Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; and Compassion Focused Therapy.

  • Mindfulness and the Brain: Develops an understanding of how the brain operates, together with how emotions are represented and how they are affected by mindfulness. We will examine psychological research and theories, such as the Cognitive-Affective Processing System (CAPS), to understand how mindfulness based neural changes relate to well-being and clinical efficacy.

  • Mindfulness in context: Provides an in-depth understanding of the application of mindfulness within a range of contexts including: children and educational settings health and long-term conditions; workplace and the corporate environment. 

  • Waking up and compassion: We consider how compassion arises in our lives through mindfulness and compassion-based meditation practices. We explore the ego structure, its impact upon individuals’ lives and how we can wake up to the nature of reality via compassion practices. 

  • Research methods: Helps to develop your skills and knowledge in applying the key quantitative and qualitative research methods to provide an evidence base for research in mindfulness and compassion.

The course can be studied part-time over two years and starts in September/October.

The modules focus on developing a clear understanding of mindfulness and compassion, its origin and development of personal practice and teaching practice.

We consciously embrace a variety of learning styles, using PPT lecture notes, videos and media clips, discussion-based group work and student-led presentations. You will often be provided with recommended reading materials to engage with prior to, and outside of teaching sessions, such as book chapters, journal articles or other web resources.

The end of the first year involves a six-day teacher training retreat, which essentially leads you through the eight-week Mindfulness at Work CIC training programme from a teaching perspective. Each theme will be explored and the retreat setting is designed to encourage self-reflection.

The focus of teaching is practice-based, with lots of direct experience of both teaching and participating in meditation, as well as mindfulness in real-life situations. For example, in the ‘Mindfulness in Context’ module, you will choose one audience group which may benefit from mindfulness techniques, producing a report reviewing the support for mindfulness within that specific group and a poster to market a bespoke eight-week course.

A broad range of assessment methods are used, including a reflective diary, oral presentation, report, systematic review, essay. You will be expected to lead meditations as a formative assessment and later as a formal assessment.

You will receive guidance on how to tackle each assessment during the course.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, practical reports: 100%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

100% assessed by coursework and reporting

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: Mindfulness, Buddhist philosophy, how to effectively teach mindfulness, how to take mindfulness into different contexts, the biological/physiological changes from mindfulness and the role of compassion.
  • Teach effectively when delivering sessions in mindfulness with a sound understanding of the background of mindfulness and meditation.
  • Critique and use empirical research and theory effectively to understand mindfulness.

With the exception of the six-day residential retreat, which takes place in May, you will receive around 4 hours of face-to-face teaching each week, comprised of both large and small group teaching.

It is expected that students will complete around 10 hours of self-study a week throughout the duration of the course, for example, completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures, working on coursework assignments.

We offer a multicultural, international experience attracting students to our suite of Psychology courses from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and different countries, particularly Malaysia, China, India, Nigeria, Germany, Bulgaria, who provide global insight and experience.

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2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

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Entry Requirements

Admission onto to the course requires a level of knowledge and skills which would normally be provided by an Honours degree.

Each application will be considered on its own merit in the context of the course content, but the entry requirements would normally be:

  • a first or second (lower or upper) class degree in a relevant subject (for example Allied Health professions, Coaching, Psychology, Social Science, Humanities, Theology, Counselling), or equivalent; an awareness of meditation and mindfulness, evidenced in your application;- evidence of ability to reflect upon personal/professional development, - evidenced in your application and interview;- a successful admission interview.

Admission onto to the course requires a level of knowledge and skills which would normally be provided by an Honours degree.

Each application will be considered on its own merit in the context of the course content, but the entry requirements would normally be:

  • a first or second (lower or upper) class degree in a relevant subject (for example Allied Health professions, Coaching, Psychology, Social Science, Humanities, Theology, Counselling), or equivalent; an awareness of meditation and mindfulness, evidenced in your application;- evidence of ability to reflect upon personal/professional development, - evidenced in your application and interview;- a successful admission interview.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Admission onto to the course requires a level of knowledge and skills which would normally be provided by an Honours degree.

Each application will be considered on its own merit in the context of the course content, but the entry requirements would normally be:

  • a first or second (lower or upper) class degree in a relevant subject (for example Allied Health professions, Coaching, Psychology, Social Science, Humanities, Theology, Counselling), or equivalent; an awareness of meditation and mindfulness, evidenced in your application;- evidence of ability to reflect upon personal/ professional development, - evidenced in your application and interview;- a successful admission interview.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£8,550 (MSc)
£5,700 (PGDip) (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£8,550 (MSc)
£5,700 (PGDip) (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£14,150 (MSc)
£9,433.33 (PGDip) (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

The popularity of meditative practice, encouraging individuals to focus on the present, rather than on the anxieties of the past or future, is growing in popularity – practised in schools, banks and businesses all over the world.

Research has proved as a cognitive therapy, it works and it is estimated that around 30% of GPs now refer patients for mindfulness-based treatment.

This course is designed to provide you with an in-depth knowledge base and set of skills, which combined with a broad range of experiential teaching, will equip you to pursue careers in the diverse field of mindfulness. It could open up roles in training and development, coaching and mentoring in the public and private sector. With additional education, you could also pursue careers in teaching, health and wellbeing, psychology or nursing, specialising in mindfulness.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

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