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Top 15 Masters of Science in Psychology 2019/2020

After earning a bachelor’s degree, some students go on to pursue a Master of Science. For a more intensive and advanced education over a subject within the field of science, individuals may earn this master’s degree.

What is an MSc in Psychology? Psychology is the formal study of the human mind, including behaviors, feelings and thought processes. A master’s in this field of study is more intensive than an undergraduate degree and further prepares students for clinical work or further doctoral study. Many programs include the study of mental health and psychological disorders to learn clinical therapy methods for anxiety, emotion and post-traumatic stress-related problems. Other courses may cover research evaluation, language and development, cognition, brain function and neuropsychology.

There are many skills students can learn while earning an MSc in Psychology, such as the ability to easily adapt to situations and quick problem-solving skills. These students also tend to be strong communicators, which can prove beneficial in both personal and professional environments.

The cost of earning a master’s degree is often less than earning a bachelor’s; however, this is dependent on a multitude of factors. Studying at a private university is typically more expensive than a public one, and programs with more required courses can also increase the overall cost.

An MSc in Psychology can lead graduates to pursue a variety of fulfilling and lucrative job positions. With the appropriate license or certification for the state or country, graduates of psychology may become clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, counselors and more. Job opportunities in the field of psychology span various industries, and graduates may work in clinical, commercial and educational environments.

No two universities are alike. With such a multitude of degree programs available around the world, you may choose to study locally, abroad or online for your master’s degree. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Cardiff Metropolitan University

This MSc aims to produce high-quality graduates that are in a good position to improve the health of and well-being of people in Wales and beyond by using specific psycho ... [+]

Course Overview

Health psychology focuses on the roles of psychology, biology and social or environmental factors on health and health-related behaviour. Health psychologists promote healthier lifestyles and seek to improve well-being by understanding the impact that health-related thoughts, feelings and behaviour can have on the individual. Health strategy has been shifting from the treatment of disease to the maintenance of health and prevention of illness. This is particularly important in the Welsh context given that self-reported 'good health' is lower in Wales compared to other areas of the UK (ONS 2011), with a high level of risky behaviours (Welsh Assembly Government, 2004).

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United Kingdom Cardiff
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1 - 2 years
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University of Stirling

Our MSc Psychological Therapy in Primary Care provides expert training in delivering evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to adults in primary care. Deliver ... [+]

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Our MSc Psychological Therapy in Primary Care provides expert training in delivering evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to adults in primary care. Delivered jointly by the University of Stirling and the University of Dundee, it is designed by NHS professionals and clinical academics to give you the clinical and professional skills you need to work as a clinical associate in applied psychology within the NHS.

Mental Health Services across the UK are facing a growing demand for therapeutic services to treat common mental health disorders. The NHS commitment to delivering evidence-based treatments means that the theoretical focus of this course is CBT. The course has been jointly devised by NHS clinicians and clinical academics at the University of Dundee Medical School and the University of Stirling's Division of Psychology. You’ll undergo training and clinical supervision within the NHS.... [-]

United Kingdom Stirling
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12 months
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University of Stirling

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. ... [+]

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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.... [-]

United Kingdom Stirling
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12 - 24 months
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University of St Andrews

The MSc in Health Psychology starts students on the path to becoming a Chartered Psychologist and provides training in the applications of psychological theory and resear ... [+]

The MSc in Health Psychology starts students on the path to becoming a Chartered Psychologist and provides training in the applications of psychological theory and research methods.

The MSc in Health Psychology starts students on the path to becoming a Chartered Psychologist and provides training in the applications of psychological theory and research methods.

Highlights The MSc in Software Engineering is a specialist course but retains some flexibility, allowing students to pursue other areas of computer science alongside the compulsory specialist modules. Students undertake a significant project, including a wide-ranging investigation and a substantial software development, leading to their dissertation, which enables them to consolidate and extend their specialist knowledge and critical thinking. Students have 24-hour access to modern computing laboratories, provisioned with dual-screen PC workstations and group-working facilities. ... [-]
United Kingdom Saint Andrews
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1 year
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Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma degree program at the College Humanities and Social Sciences i ... [+]

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma degree program at the College Humanities and Social Sciences is designed for students who want to counsel trauma victims. The trauma counseling degree program prepares you to understand, assess and treat developmental, childhood and adulthood trauma-related disorders.

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USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City Scottsdale  + 1 More
September 2019
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Campus
Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Emphasis in Christian Counseling degree program is an opportunity for counseling ... [+]

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Emphasis in Christian Counseling degree program is an opportunity for counseling professionals to focus on a Christ-centered approach for helping patients with psychological, social, behavioral and emotional issues.

You will learn to address abuse, addiction, marital and family issues, as well as respond to crises and trauma with values-based mental health services. This masters in Christian counseling program, within the College Humanities and Social Sciences, emphasizes the integration of Christian principles and Scripture with counseling best practices. By gaining the tools to assess, diagnose and treat mental/emotional health based on a Biblical foundation, you can follow your passion to help others from a spiritual perspective. Selected courses meet academic requirements set by the National Board for Certified Counselors for the National Certified Counselor credential (NCC), the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor credential (CCMHC) and by Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Individuals interested in becoming a licensed counselor must have a masters degree in counseling.... [-]

USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City Scottsdale  + 1 More
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders degree program prepares counselin ... [+]

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders degree program prepares counseling professionals to enter the next level of their healthcare career by developing a specialty in treating children with a wide range of issues.

By completing this degree program, you may strengthen your skillset to change the lives of adolescents through the understanding of counseling theories, cultural diversity, psychopharmacology, psychopathology and young individuals at all developmental levels. This program, within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, focuses on identifying, assessing and addressing developmental disorders, problematic child-parent relationships, school life issues and DSM-specified disorders. The curriculum is designed to follow the academic requirements established by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor credential (CCMHC) and National Board for Certified Counselors for the National Certified Counselor credential (NCC).... [-]

USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City Scottsdale  + 1 More
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
University of Groningen

Are you a talented student? And are you interested in the psychosocial factors of epidemiology, such as quality of life and public mental health issues? Then this is the ... [+]

MSc Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology

Are you a talented student? And are you interested in the psychosocial factors of epidemiology, such as quality of life and public mental health issues? Then this is the programme for you.

The two-year program starts with two parallel modules on the basics of Medicine and Psychology. This ensures a solid background for all students. In addition, there will be more specialized modules.

The core of this program consists of a research project, resulting in a Master's thesis. In the first year, you will start with this project. The emphasis is on hands-on experience so that you gain expertise and experience in the full process. To support you with your research, you will be individually linked to a senior researcher in one of the participating research groups. To stimulate scientific thinking and reasoning, small coaching groups will meet once a week during the entire program under the supervision of a scientific coach. The scientific coach will also advise you on issues such as the choice of modules and your thesis project. The program runs in close collaboration with important clinical research groups on chronic diseases from the University Medical Center Groningen.... [-]

Netherlands Groningen
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2 years
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Utrecht University

In the Master’s program Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, you will learn how to apply your knowledge of developmental psychology in clinical practice. ... [+]

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How do children and adolescents develop? How do emotional and behavioral disorders emerge, and how can they be prevented? How can you use scientific knowledge to advise schools? In the Master’s program Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, you will learn how to apply your knowledge of developmental psychology in clinical practice.

Care, treatment and support

During this one-year Master’s program, you will learn all about the psychological care, treatment, and support of children and young people. We will also address how policies and institutions can contribute to child development.

As a child and youth psychologist, you will study:

systematic changes over the course of a child’s life; the developmental processes that underlie and account for these changes; the social context of developmental changes. ... [-]
Netherlands Utrecht Middelburg
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Surrey

How does mental wellbeing have an impact on physical health and vice versa? If you’re driven and motivated to find answers to questions such as this, our forward-thinking ... [+]

Why choose this course

How does mental wellbeing have an impact on physical health and vice versa? If you’re driven and motivated to find answers to questions such as this, our forward-thinking British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited MSc in Health Psychology could be the postgraduate course you’ve been searching for.

We will give you an insider’s perspective on theories, methods and techniques of psychology, and the relationship these have with health and illness. This includes a study of the psychological processes involved in maintaining health, the pathological responses to ill health and stress, and the promotion of wellbeing among the physically ill.

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United Kingdom Guildford
October 2020
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
USI Università della Svizzera italiana

The Master in “Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication”, jointly offered by the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and th ... [+]

The Master in “Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication”, jointly offered by the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the Faculty of Psychology of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (UNISR), presents a Master degree program in cognitive psychology with an interdisciplinary training in psychology, neuroscience, health communication, organizational behavior and management.

The program focuses on the intersection between the theoretical bases of cognitive psychology and of communication applied to the context of health. Cognitive psychology is the study of all mental processes which drive simple or more complex behaviors, either normal or pathological. These include, among the many, verbal and non-verbal forms of communication, implicit and explicit memory, perception, attention, consciousness, problem-solving, decision making, gratification, etc. Students who are admitted to the program will receive an advanced theoretical background in neuroscience and modern psychology, will learn advanced research methods in psychology and health communication including a large variety of and statistical techniques and tools that can be used for the analysis of human behaviour in research labs, clinical departments, health frameworks and companies.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
University of Dundee - School of Social Sciences

Our course draws upon the expertise of research and clinical psychologists to provide you with a unique education in the foundations of, and current issues in, the psycho ... [+]

Overview

Our course draws upon the expertise of research and clinical psychologists to provide you with a unique education in the foundations of, and current issues in, the psychology of mental health. It is an ideal opportunity for those who wish to go on to study for a Ph.D. in psychology or a doctorate in clinical psychology, as well as professionals working with children and adults. It is one of the only MSc courses in the UK on which you will be taught by clinical psychologists. Our students tell us they find the teaching and supervision contact with clinicians to be a key strength.

You’ll study advanced modules in the foundations of adult mental health, current issues in psychological health care, and one module of your choice from the areas of developmental psychopathology, evolution, and behavior, or social psychology. You will also learn advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods and will conduct a dissertation co-supervised by a member of academic staff and a clinical psychologist.... [-]

United Kingdom Dundee
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12 months
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Erasmus MC Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences - Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Master program in Health Sciences aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of methods in either clinical or public health research. Specializations incl ... [+]

Overview

The Master program in Health Sciences aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of methods in either clinical or public health research. Specializations include clinical epidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, public health epidemiology, medical psychology, genetic and molecular epidemiology, and pharmacoepidemiology. After completion, candidates will have the knowledge, understanding, and skills to propose state-of-the-art studies, write excellent study protocols, perform the research, analyze the data using modern statistical techniques, make defensible causal inferences, come to justified conclusions, and write outstanding research papers. Depending on the choice of specialization, the candidate will focus on for example observational population studies, randomized controlled clinical trials, public health interventions, registry data or modeling studies.... [-]

Netherlands Rotterdam
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of San Francisco - School of Nursing and Health Professions

The MPH-MSBH dual degree has been designed to prepare practitioners who are committed to eliminating health disparities, working with vulnerable populations, and creating ... [+]

Why get a dual degree in public and behavioral health?

The MPH-MSBH dual degree has been designed to prepare practitioners who are committed to eliminating health disparities, working with vulnerable populations, and creating social and physical environments that promote good health for all. This program is ideal for students who want a broad, in-depth knowledge base in public health with an emphasis on behavioral health skills. Courses are practice-oriented and applied skills are emphasized. Dual degree students graduate with the knowledge to design, implement, and lead evidence-based health care and community programs.

On completing the dual degree program, graduates will have two degrees: Both the Master of Public Health and the MS in Behavioral Health. By pursuing this dual degree option, students will achieve substantial savings in time and credits over completing these two degrees separately.... [-]

USA San Francisco
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2 - 3 years
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University of San Francisco - School of Nursing and Health Professions

The Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH) at USF prepares you to address disparities in the current health care delivery system. As a student in our program, you ... [+]

The Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH) at USF prepares you to address disparities in the current health care delivery system. As a student in our program, you will examine the intersection of social, physical and psychological factors that impact health and well-being. Through inter-disciplinary classes, fieldwork experiences, and a capstone project, you learn psychosocial interventions as well as tools for planning, managing and evaluating community-based programs and services.

Our graduates have learned to become effective team members, who have acquired the tools to improve the accessibility and delivery of health and mental health programs. We look to our graduates to become leaders in designing the evidence-based, integrated health practices that are the cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act.... [-]

USA San Francisco
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12 months
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