Health Psychologists promote healthier lifestyles. They try to find ways to encourage people to improve their health and also to improve the healthcare system as a whole. For example, helping people to lose weight or stop smoking, or advising doctors on better ways to communicate with their patients.
You’ll learn to use your knowledge of psychology to promote general wellbeing and understand physical illness. We will teach you the skills needed to help people deal with the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness, and to support people who are chronically ill.
Our MSc Health Psychology has a strong experiential focus and emphasises the application of health psychology to real-world settings. The course includes contributions from healthcare practitioners. You will carry out a brief placement in a healthcare setting, which can include the NHS, third sector (charities) or industry, and you’ll usually arrange this placement yourself with support from the course team. You are encouraged to carry out research in healthcare contexts where possible.
This Masters in Health Psychology is designed to meet the British Psychological Society’s requirements for Stage One training towards professional Health Psychologist status. Through formal teaching and practical experience, you’ll acquire relevant skills and core competencies as a basis for professional training in health psychology (Stage Two) or other applications of psychology to health issues.
Top reasons to study with us
#1 Successful completion of this course fulfils Stage One of the requirements towards Chartered Membership of the Society and full membership of the Division of Health Psychology
#2 The course has a strong experiential focus and includes contributions from healthcare practitioners.
#3 You’ll be working with a research-active and enthusiastic team based in the Centre for Health Behaviour Change
You’ll carry out a brief placement in a healthcare setting, which can include the NHS, third sector (charities) or industry. You’ll usually arrange this placement yourself with support from the course team.
You’ll take three modules in each semester with a research project over the summer months.
All members of the course team are readily accessible to students and will provide you with a flexible, individualised and engaging training experience that meets your needs.
The modules are taught in two- to three-hour seminars which include lectures, workshops, and practical or experiential sessions.
You need to complete and pass the six modules above to be awarded the MSc Health Psychology. Assessment is by formal exams and coursework, including oral presentations, essays, group work and critical reviews of research.
Stephan Dombrowski (Course Director)
Nicola Hunt (Course Secretary)
+44 (0) 1786 466258
Fees - 2018/2019
- Home/EU: £6,300
- Overseas: £15,250
About the School
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