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 MSc Health Psychology (stage 1 training), followed by supervised professional practice (stage 2 training). This MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing students with the knowledge and skills required for Stage 1 of your training in qualifying as a Chartered Psychologist and practitioner health psychologist.

The course is taught by registered practitioner health psychologists (who are also BPS Chartered) with many years of specialist teaching, research and clinical experience in a range of areas of health psychology. Specialist practitioners contribute a contemporary perspective as guest lecturers.

We have ongoing research collaborations with NHS clinicians that provide opportunities for students to have access to clinical populations for dissertation research projects and work experience placements. These currently include psychiatry liaison, pain management, eating disorders and cardiac rehabilitation. Also, the School of Psychology has recently invested in a new clinic facility which offers a wide range of psychological services to the public. Suitable students will be able to benefit from in-house research opportunities and supervised voluntary experience.

What you will study

Modules include:

  • Contexts and Perspectives in Health Psychology
  • Healthcare in Professional Settings
  • Applications of Health Psychology
  • Health-related Cognitions and Behaviour
  • Stress, Health and Illness
  • A Lifespan Perspective on Health
  • Independent Research Dissertation

Facilities

You’lll 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...

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Teaching

Entry Requirements

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.

Tuition Fees

UK and EU

The fee for this course for 2015 is £4750.

International

To find international fees, visit our international website.

Dates

  • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2015
    • Part Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2015
      • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
        • Part Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2016

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