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MSc in Health Psychology

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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.

Key Facts

Tuition Fees

UK/EU: £5,610 full-time

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for the 2016/17 academic year. They will provide up to £10,000 a year for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £14,995 full-time


More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

Minimum

You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2:1 Honours British Psychological Society accredited psychology degree, or have obtained the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by the special case route.

If you do not have GBC, you may still register for the MSC but you will not meet BPS requirements to begin Stage 2 training to apply to be registered as a health psychologist. However, graduates can achieve this status afterwards by taking a BPS accredited conversion course. You should also have a minimum of 30 hours of paid or voluntary work experience relevant to the content of the programme.

International students

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.

Admissions Status

Open for admission in 2016/17

Mode of study: Hull Campus

Duration: 1 year full-time

Study information

You will learn how to carry out health-related research and understand the nature of evidence-based practice in health psychology. You will also develop the knowledge and skills underpinning professional practice as a psychologist – including the ability to reflect on practice – and ethical and confidential practice. There will also be the opportunity for you to increase your experience and skills relating to working with people within a health and social care setting.

You will also have group and individual based Academic Support Tuition (AST) where you further develop your professional training as health psychologists. Topics covered include ethics for practitioner psychologists, specific qualitative research methods (e.g. focus groups, observational techniques and sequential analysis), and self-evaluation of your professional development.

Core modules

  • Research Methods for Psychology
  • Changing Health Behaviours
  • Professional Practice and Communication Skills
  • Contexts of Health and Illness
  • Health Psychology in Practice
  • Philosophical and Theoretical Issues in Health Psychology

Optional modules

Due to BPS Stage 1 requirements, options are not possible on this programme.

Empirical dissertation

This module aims to enhance students’ independent research skills for designing, planning, conducting, analysing, and writing up a research project relevant to health psychology; develop your critical, in-depth knowledge of a specific area of health psychology; and increase your academic analytical and writing skills.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

This MSc will provide psychology graduates with a structured career pathway towards becoming a chartered psychologist (BPS-accredited) or a health psychologist (HCPC-accredited).

The mixture of applied and practical learning experience also provides a solid basis for developing other careers in psychology, or elsewhere in the health and social care sector, where the psychology of health is coming to play a pivotal role.

The programme has been designed to help to address a gap in services in the East Yorkshire region and to help tackle issues of deprivation and inequality by providing MSc graduates with the skills and knowledge to contribute to a wide variety of health and social care services.