About the course
In this vocational programme you will learn about psychological principles used to research and promote changes in people’s attitudes, behaviour and thinking about health and illness.
The MSc, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), is designed to provide training in health psychology that meets BPS requirements. Its completion enables you to undertake the Stage 2 training which enables you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a health psychologist.
The course is led by chartered psychologists and teaching staff who are active in research. It is further enhanced by our close working relationships with health and social care providers which enable us to offer placement and research opportunities providing key experience and improved career prospects.
Students are taught how to design, plan and conduct health-related research and how to evaluate papers, theories, findings and methods used within health psychology. Learning takes place in lectures, seminars, laboratories and through directed personal study. There is also an opportunity to undertake a placement. All students are supported through the design, conduct, analysis and write-up of an empirical research project.
The MSc is studied full-time over one year starting in September and comprises two semesters of taught modules followed by an individual research project.
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You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2.2 Honours degree in psychology or closely allied discipline. You should also have a minimum of 30 hours of paid or voluntary work experience relevant to the content of the programme.
Please note that if you wish the Programme to confer a Stage 1 qualification towards becoming a UK Health Psychology Practitioner, then the British Psychological Society (BPS) requires candidates to have a BPS accredited degree in Psychology or to have obtained the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by the special case route. However, if you currently do not meet this requirement, you can still take your MSc and achieve this Stage 1 by taking a BPS accredited conversion course afterwards.
If you do not wish to qualify as a Health Psychology Practitioner in the UK, because you have a different career or plan to work in another country, then you may still take the programme and obtain an MSc but you will not obtain the Stage 1 qualification.
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.
This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.
For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.
If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.