MSc Health Psychology

Health psychology is an exciting and growing branch of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to behaviours and beliefs related to health and illness.

Health psychologists’ interests are firmly in line with government health agendas, and include the promotion of positive health behaviours in adults and children; reducing obesity, binge drinking, smoking and stress; and increasing psychological wellbeing.

The route to Chartered Psychologist status is through the attainment of an accredited Masters (Stage One), followed by supervised professional practice (Stage Two). Our MSc Health Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for Stage One of the training required to work towards becoming qualified as a Chartered Psychologist and practitioner health psychologist.

British Psychological Society Commendations

The course recently received five commendations from the British Psychological Society who praised the relationships we have with external health and clinical practitioners, and the opportunities these provide to students; the programme’s development in relation to the health needs of the local and wider population in response to the priorities of the Welsh Government Department of Health; the high level of student support; the emphasis on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to prepare students for the reflective skills they will need in practice; and the opportunities provided to students by our Psychology Plus scheme.

What you will study

You will study the following modules:

  • Contexts and Perspectives in Health Psychology
  • Research Methods in Health Psychology: Measurement & Professional Issues
  • Applications of Health Psychology
  • Health-related Cognitions and Behaviour
  • Stress, Health and Illness
  • A Lifespan Perspective on Health, Illness & Disability
  • Independent Research Dissertation
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Facilities include observation and interview rooms equipped with a two-way mirror, CCTV and audio, which allows research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded. 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.

The Cognitive Neuropsychology Suite houses specialist psychology equipment such as eye tracking equipment, EEG (electroencephalogram)...

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This course is taught at: Treforest Campus, Pontypridd


  • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
    • Part Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
      • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2018
        • Part Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2018