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A foundation year course comprises 120 credits and provides an entry route on to many of our undergraduate courses. This full-time course is usually completed in 1 year.
A foundation degree is the equivalent of the first two years of an Honours degree, it may be studied full or part-time, and consist of academic study combined with relevant work-based learning undertaken with an employer. It may also be studied as a stand-alone qualification or upon completion you may progress to the final year of an Honours degree. However in some cases you might, on completion of the Foundation Degree, be required to transfer to the second year of an Honours degree. This is known as a 2+2 arrangement. You should check the requirements of your progression route.
An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
A postgraduate degree course comprises 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over one year. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 2 years.
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Admission to this course is through gaining an honours degree that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC, previously known as GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
This would usually be of class 2:2 or above in Psychology.
It is not essential to have studied health psychology at undergraduate level to apply for this course.
International applicants should check eligibility for GBC with the BPS. For more information visit www.bps.org.uk.
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
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The MSc in Health psychology allows you to study an exciting and growing branch of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to health and illness related behaviours, beliefs and attitudes.
Health psychologists’ interests are very much in line with government health priorities and include the promotion of positive health behaviours in adults and children, reducing obesity, binge drinking, smoking and stress, and increasing psychological wellbeing. Opportunities for qualified health psychologists are expected to increase substantially.
The route to Chartered Health Psychologist status is through the attainment of an accredited MSc in Health Psychology (Stage One training) followed by supervised professional practice (Stage Two training). This programme has been granted accreditation status by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides students with the knowledge and skills required for Stage One training. The course is delivered by Chartered Health Psychologists with many years of specialist teaching, research and clinical experience in different areas of health psychology. Specialist practitioners contribute a contemporary perspective as guest lecturers.
We aim to provide students with access to clinical populations to collect psychological data in order to complete an applied dissertation. This is possible through our links with local NHS trusts and local healthcare providers. In addition, the University of South Wales has recently invested in a new psychology clinic which provides clinical and therapeutic services. Suitable students will be able to benefit from in-house research opportunities and supervised voluntary experience.
The modules for this award include:
Teaching will include lectures, seminars and workshops, some of which will be student-led.
There will be a variety of assessment activities such as examinations, essays, case study analysis, poster presentations and the design of a health promotion campaign.
Health psychologists may practise in any health context, including hospitals, outpatient and community settings, as well as in academic health research units and university departments. Their work may involve developing and testing interventions, implementing healthy behaviour with individuals or groups using evidence-based methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), or conducting and evaluating effective health promotion campaigns. The BPS states that there has been a considerable growth in interest in the practice areas of health psychologists in recent years.
This programme has been granted accreditation status by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides students with the knowledge and skills required for Stage One training.
Completing the MSc Health Psychology course gave me the career head start I needed. The Health Psychology teaching team’s close connections with local health services gave me the opportunity to conduct independent research with a clinical sample and gave me a valuable insight into the complexities of conducting research in the real world. This experience helped me acquire the position as a Psychology Assistant Practitioner; the knowledge and skills learnt are continually supporting me to develop as a professional.
MSc Health Psychology
As a student in the School of Psychology, you’ll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.
These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.
The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.
As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.