Behaviour Change module (PN50155)

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There is an opportunity for a small number of fee waivers on this module via the Scottish Council’s upskilling fund.  This  offer is to non NHS organisations. If you are interested, please email to the address below providing your organisation and your role.

SCQF Level:11 (Masters Degree)
SCQF Credits: 30(15 ECTS)
Total Student Effort: 3000

Available: Semester 1 (September) & Semester 2 (January)

General Practice Nurses

NHS Education for Scotland provides funded places on this module. The funding is for nurses working in General Practice in Scotland. To apply for a funded place, please email  Please provide your GP practice, role in the practice and module of interest in your email.

Target Audience

All registered healthcare professionals who through clinical setting will have the opportunity to work with individuals who may benefit from health behaviour change.

Mode of Delivery

  • The module will be delivered by blended learning using MyDundee and classrooms in the City Campus, Ninewell’s Campus and Kirkcaldy campus. There are 2 days on campus skills which are compulsory in this module.
  • Online materials are delivered via MyDundee. MyDundee is the main learning environment for students undertaking the module.
  • The School uses Turnitin (through MyDundee) for submission and grading of all written assessment work.

Module Aim

To prepare registered healthcare professionals to utilise Motivational Interviewing Skills to engage patients and promote health behaviour change.

Module Overview

Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical underpinning of Motivational Interviewing, behaviour change theories and challenges in application and evaluation
  2. Critically appraise and demonstrate decision making skills in the application of Motivational Interviewing and brief interventions in a specific behaviour change context.

Subject specific practical and intellectual skills

  1. Evaluate the application and impact of Motivational Interventions or brief interventions at individual/personal and peer level using established tools.

Transferable, employability and enterprise skills and attributes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to develop and integrate entry level MI and/or brief intervention skills within the sphere of clinical practice.
  2. Critically evaluate the role of healthcare professionals in integrating Motivational Interviewing and brief intervention practice.

Assessment Strategy

Two specific assessment approaches will be used to assess the module learning outcomes:

  1. Practice based learning portfolio comprising
    • Completion of 3 patient logs
    • Practice based assessment of competence
  2. Written evaluation of  audio recorded practice sample (3000 words)

Module eligibility requirements

You must be a Registered Health Professional practising in an environment where you will be able to undertake the relevant clinical work to complete the assessments.

Module Contact

For further information, please contact the School of Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534