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Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

HLST161

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £5,250

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Overview

Do you have a passion for working outdoors and have a belief in the healing properties of natural settings/environments? The MSc STH is leading the way in understanding how gardening and outdoor spaces can change lives, improve well-being and reduce social isolation.

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) involves the use of natural settings and plants by expert practitioners in order to meet clinically defined goals for groups or individuals. STH is particularly relevant for the promotion of independence, health and well-being among groups and communities of vulnerable people. (Marcus and Sachs 2014; Sempik et al 2010).

The MSc STH programme aims to educate anyone offering horticultural type activities with the knowledge, skills and evidence base required to support the development of nature-based programmes/schemes that can help individuals and communities who may be vulnerable, isolated or living with disabilities.

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What our students say...

I was energised by the passion of the guest speakers and I will take the knowledge from them and the group and use it in my everyday work. The passion from yourself, Imogen and Julie has been infectious and has made it an enjoyable experience

Siobhan Nolan (ROI student) 2017 cohort

Course information

This course is designed to facilitate and enable the development of your professional skills in the use of STH and to increase your levels of critical knowledge and expertise.

For the therapeutic potential of horticulture to be fully realised, the STH practitioner must be properly informed. Students should have a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of therapeutic horticulture; appreciate the complex nature of the environment on health and wellbeing and have a significant understanding of the evidence base for STH and its application to practice. The course content centres on the critical and evaluative appreciation of social and therapeutic horticulture practice, leadership and management skills. The course embeds the development and design of research that will contribute to the developing evidence base for STH.

You will study a range of academic topics ranging from STH – evolving theory and practice, Nature Assisted Practice, The Expert Practitioner – a practical analysis and Evaluating STH in practice.

These modules aim to equip you with the underpinning knowledge for practice, to gain practical STH experience at devising and evaluating STH programmes and to consider your unique selling points as a STH practitioner. You will also complete a research study in the area of STH to help provide the evidence to support this developing area. You will therefore receive training in research methodology and data analysis to help support you in developing and completing your dissertation.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

  • Master's Project

In more detail...

  • A strong reputation within the field of social and therapeutic horticulture.
  • We provide excellent networking opportunities and support for students and alumni.
  • The STH courses are taught by staff members that have a real passion and belief in the healing potential of natural environments.
  • The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture programmes are unique courses, the first of their kind to be offered in the UK through a higher education institution.
  • The incorporation of ex-students as guest speakers. These speakers are individuals who have successfully used their STH qualification to enable them to set up charities, write books and to deliver high quality STH programmes.

Provision of excellent community links with local statutory and voluntary organisations/agencies.

Your main study themes are:

  • Theories and methods of STH practice: Examining theories and models that can underpin practice

  • Nature Based Practice: Employing ‘green’ strategies to enhance the sustainability of traditional health and social care practice; and applying ecological health theories to develop innovative strategies for education, health promotion and community development.

  • An analysis of expert practice: Appreciating the multi-faceted role of the expert practitioner and evaluating the inter-relationship between personal characteristics, therapeutic skills and the management of complex situations. 

  • Evaluating and improving STH service delivery: Enabling STH practitioners to complete thorough evaluations of their service and develop plans for future delivery

  • Global Professional Development: Developing leaders and consultant in STH practice who can appreciate how different sectors solve internal issues and how different sectors can learn and adopt or adapt solutions from other fields.

  • Critical reflection and Research: Become knowledgeable about, and applying the principles of critical thinking and reasoning culminating in the research dissertation.

The course can be studied fulltime over a year and part-time over two years. The course employs a blended learning approach, designed to reflect different ways of working, networking and learning. Learning and teaching methods have been selected to enhance the students’ range of academic, cognitive and professional skills. The taught delivery will be over two days per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays (full-time route) and one day per week (part-time route). Tuesday in year 1 and Thursday in year 2.

Overall the teaching and learning strategy seeks to assist students in their developmental journey and enable them to develop their professional skills, personal capabilities and be critically reflective in their own work setting, encourage them to recognise their own development needs and the development needs of the service or sector within which they work. In addition, the course team has designed the course to promote active learning and enable students with differing learning styles to engage positively in their studies and apply their new knowledge to their own practice and work-base.

Specialist visiting practitioners, service users and/or carers will normally be invited to deliver the user perspective components of the modules and facilitate discussion on practice partnerships, expert patient or practice issues. All students are encouraged to work towards developing the evidence base for social and therapeutic horticulture.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include critical reflection on practice, a written report, an annual report, an action plan for future service development, an investigative report, and presentation by individual students.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Develop as innovative, enterprising, evidence based practitioners of social and therapeutic horticulture who are prepared for and actively engage in specialist practice in dynamic and diverse contexts.
  • Critically appraise and reflect on practice within the changing context of health and social care, with deep consideration of service users’ needs and critical analysis of the unique contribution that social and therapeutic horticulture can make to enhance health and wellbeing within service delivery.
  • Critically evaluate the context of social and therapeutic horticulture within service delivery and the wider arenas of health, social care and nature-based care and so operate efficiently and autonomously as an advanced therapist/researcher/manager in field.
  • Actively engage in and be responsible for the critical analysis of their own learning, recognising areas for development and strengths; identifying and adopting opportunities and strategies for continuing personal and professional development autonomously.
  • Be a dynamic participant within support networks/communities of practice to develop and promote a deep consideration and further exploration of the potential and use of social and therapeutic horticulture within the current and future contexts.
  • Actively engage in the critical analysis and evaluation of the evidence base, contributing through investigation to add to and advance the field of social and therapeutic horticulture, informing policy  frameworks to implement change and  improving services for service users and significant others.

In a typical teaching week (fulltime programme) you will have up to 13 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial (or, later, individual dissertation supervision) every 2 weeks
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical class, workshops or seminars every week
  • Large group teaching: 2 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week eg working on course assignments.

Health and social care is undergoing unprecedented change in the UK and globally. However, the challenges faced by STH practitioners can also create potential opportunities particularly in this current climate where sustainable practice and environments are key considerations in conjunction with the promotion of health and wellbeing.

The inclusion of a 10 credit CMI module within the MSc STH programme aims to facilitate the development of effective STH practitioners/managers and consultants who are able to critically evaluate and develop solutions to complex, inter-related and multi-faceted issues.

Students who successfully complete this module and meet the CMI evidence requirements will gain an additional Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and an Award in Professional Consulting.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

This thorough training provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to develop a structured horticultural therapy programme for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental and physical health issues.

Joanna Wise, PDDSTH student in 2014

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Health, Social Care, Education or Horticulture. Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Note that applicants will need to organise their own work-based learning in a horticultural project in the UK. Where candidates do not have contact with a social and therapeutic horticulture service support can be given to gain engagement.

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Health, Social Care, Education or Horticulture. Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Note that applicants will need to organise their own work-based learning in a horticultural project in the UK. Where candidates do not have contact with a social and therapeutic horticulture service support can be given to gain engagement.

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

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Health, Social Care, Education or Horticulture. Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Note that applicants will need to organise their own work-based learning in a horticultural project in the UK. Where candidates do not have contact with a social and therapeutic horticulture service support can be given to gain engagement.

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

What our students say...

Everyone is unique, insights are welcomed, fostered and valued which is really significant in STH modules

Edwina Hibbert Hingston, 2017 cohort

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 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £5,250 (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 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £5,250 (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 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £10,250 (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!

What our students say...

This thorough training provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to develop a structured horticultural therapy programme for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental and physical health issues.

Joanna Wise, PDDSTH student in 2014

Career prospects

As with the current Professional Development Diploma Social and Therapeutic Horticulture, it is anticipated that a significant proportion of candidates will already be engaged within work settings.

However, from feedback from previous students it is expected that the programme will increase individual employment opportunities in social and therapeutic horticulture, improve career prospects through promotion, increase areas of responsibility and enable students to assist employers with research opportunities. Students with their own businesses will be able to provide a wider platform and repertoire of services, along with research expertise. Although a ‘registered’ Social and Therapeutic Horticulture practitioner professional role does not currently exist there is evidence that specific practitioner roles are being advertised. The programme will offer much wider career enhancement opportunities for the variety of prospective students who are already in employment where Social and Therapeutic Horticulture is being used.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.

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.

What our students say...

I successfully secured a job with Sufra NW London as their brand new Community Garden Manager. It’s very new and will plan to organise Horticultural activity with schoolchildren, older people, people living with MH issues, ex-offenders, single homeless and disability. Big remit but it’s full time and has a one, three and five year project plan

Jim Sheeran, PDDSTH 2016 cohort
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