Health and Wellbeing Education, MEd, PgCert or PgDip

Health and Wellbeing Education, MEd, PgCert or PgDip


Expand your knowledge and skills to reinforce and promote health, guidance care and well-being of children, young people, and adults in education. Explore inclusive pastoral practices that support students and staff in your workplace. You must work with or have practical experience helping children, young people, and adults within an educational workplace setting or other appropriate agency.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MEd, PgCert or PgDip
12 months, 24 months or 36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September

The programme puts health and well-being at the heart of educational leadership and development, offering applied practice and specialist knowledge to extend your skills into health and well-being, guidance, care, and support. You can build your practice and understanding to offer pastoral communication and support to individuals in their professional learning.

We aim to foster your professional development and role to support the needs of children, young people, and adults across different educational settings. You form skills to self-reflect and self-evaluate health and well-being policies to influence positive practices within your workplace.

We deliver an interactive, online learning environment designed by qualified tutors, offering flexibility to fit study into your life and access course materials no matter your location. Our courses explore how educational settings can be trauma-informed and meet the needs of children, young people, and adults. You also gain insights into health and well-being practices within education systems while appreciating varied perspectives shared within our vibrant online community.

Our diverse programme provides excellent preparation to become principal teachers of health and well-being or enter roles in guidance and support, pastoral care, and other management positions within educational settings.

Available Programmes of Study


Health and Wellbeing Education

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month  
MEd 36 months Online Learning Part Time January or September More

Health and Wellbeing Education

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month  
PgDip 24 months Online Learning Part Time September More

Health and Wellbeing Education

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month  
PgCert 12 months Online Learning Part Time January or September More

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

How You'll Study

You study with highly-qualified tutors using the MyAberdeen Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) therefore, good working knowledge of ICT and communication using webcam facilities is required to engage with the online learning platform.

Our study routes

You can choose to study for:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) – 60 credits – 12 months
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) – 120 credits – 24 months
  • Master of Science Degree (MSc) – 180 credits – 36 months

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

You engage in a range of assessments to support your personal growth and professional development. Across our courses, you may undertake tutor, peer, or self-assessments. You have assessments in many formative and summative ways throughout the course.

Why Study Health and Wellbeing Education?

  • We are one of the few universities offering a similar programme.
  • You are taught online with remote access to course materials and study anywhere in the world.
  • Collaborate within a dynamic international student community.
  • Acquire specialist knowledge from experts in the field.
  • Gain practical experience to extend your practice and progress into roles related to health and well-being, guidance, pupil support and pastoral care within educational work settings.

Entry Requirements

You must work with or have practical experience supporting children, young people, and adults within an educational workplace setting or other appropriate agency to enable collaborative discussion across the modules offered.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Entry requirements for this programme as with other PGT programmes is an honours degree at 2:2 or above from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Director subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of experience, appropriate to the field of study.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference x 2
two reference letters, one of which should be from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employers, or other professional individuals

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.


You develop different transferable and practical skills to progress your promotional aspirations. Our programme provides excellent preparation to enter a range of careers within different educational settings. These roles include and are not limited to:

Career Opportunities

  • Community Education Officer
  • Depute Head Teacher
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • Faculty Head
  • Guidance Teacher
  • Head Teacher
  • Health and Wellbeing Lead
  • Learning Mentor
  • Pastoral Lead
  • Youth Support Worker

Professional Links


This part-time, online programme is accredited by the University of Aberdeen and participants are drawn from full time teachers, mainly from the secondary educational sector, although it is open to primary and FE colleagues to join us. In addition, this programme is open to professionals in Health, Social Work and Community Education.

Our Experts

Other Expert
Ms Sandra Paterson
Programme Coordinator
Stephanie Elizabeth Margaret O'Reilly

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.


Educational inclusion and well-being are at the heart of much of the research carried out in the School of Education. Staff research interests range from studies of the practice and teaching of mindfulness to exploring inclusive approaches to learning and teaching in the classroom.

MyAberdeen Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

You learn online using MyAberdeen VLE, accessible on computers and mobile devices. You can find your learning materials, resources and notifications associated with your courses on the platform.

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The Bounds

Our research centre, The Bounds, aims to respectfully promote the practice and study of relating to others, self, and the world around us.

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Centre for Global Development

The Centre for Global Development seeks to develop collaborative teaching and research that fosters equity, health and wellbeing, social justice, and sustainable futures for all learners in education.

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Get in Touch

Contact Details

School of Education
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King's College
AB24 5UA