During the first year students will be expected to reflect regularly on the development of their meditation practice, cultivating an understanding of the impact of mindfulness on their lives. Students will be introduced to a range of meditation practices and themes, and will be required to link these practices to theory and empirical research knowledge. Students will develop in-depth knowledge of the life of the Buddha and grounding in Buddhist teachings on mindfulness. Students are also introduced to the various western secular based mindfulness interventions. Students will develop a good understanding of research methods during the first year. The end of the first year involves a teacher training retreat and further development and experience in teaching mindfulness.
During the second year students are introduced to neuro-psychology with regards to mindfulness, the structural changes that occur in the brain in response to meditation. Mindfulness in a range of contexts is also introduced, including educational and a range of healthcare settings.
Those students completing an MSc will go on to develop an advanced literature review on a topic of their choice. Students will also engage in further meditation practice mainly around compassion.
This course is delivered in partnership with Mindfulness CIC (was the Midlands Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion).