Health and Behaviour MSc (MSc)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4665

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 10335

All study options

About Health and Behaviour MSc at Brunel University London

The MSc in Psychology, Health, and Behaviour is designed for students who do not wish to become UK Chartered Health Psychologists and so is particularly attractive to international students and health professionals, such as, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, medical doctors, and many more. It seeks to help the student understand health and illness, and provides knowledge and research skills applicable to the health arena.Entry RequirementsA first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK institution (or its equivalent) and a satisfactory interview. The degree should normally be in either behavioral medicine areas (eg nurses; physiotherapists; pharmacists; occupational therapists; doctors) or in the social sciences (eg psychology; anthropology; or sociology). Candidates with a lower second class honours degree or non-standard qualifications will be considered in a case-by-case manner. Students who are non-native speakers of English must also demonstrate that their English language ability is sufficient before starting the course. We require non-native speakers of English to have achieved at least 6.5 overall in the IELTS with no less than 6 in any one component or an equivalent English Language qualification. Course AimsHow can we change risky health behaviours (such as smoking, drinking)? Why don’t people take medicines as directed, even when the medicines are prescribed for serious illnesses? What psychological and social factors influence physical health? This course is aimed at a variety of graduates; people working in the health professions who wish to further their understanding of the psychological aspects of health and illness; international students who do not fulfil the British Psychological Society’s registration requirements; UK psychology graduates who wish to gain skills to help them obtain a place on a Clinical Psychology Doctorate or study further at PhD level; and graduates in related disciplines such as sociology and anthropology.Course ContentThe course consists of four taught modules (30 credits each) and a final dissertation (60 credits) totalling 180 credits. Modules are subject to variation but at the time of printing, planned modules are as follows:Understanding Health This module introduces various theoretical models and their relationship to health behaviours. These are related to health behaviours which include smoking, dieting and eating; sexual behaviour; alcohol and substance use; exercise and health promotion.The Psychology of Managing Illness This module introduces various factors associated with chronic illness. This includes stress and coping with chronic illness; the role of social support and social comparison in chronic illness, and adherence to treatment, doctor-patient communication and satisfaction.Multidisciplinary Approaches to Health This module introduces themes and disciplines that are related to health psychology. This includes medical sociology, medical anthropology, cross-cultural psychology and medical ethics.Health Research and Research MethodsThis module trains students to write literature reviews and discusses the practicalities of research. Students will be trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods.DissertationStudents will undertake a research project in a topic of their interest, chosen after discussion with their supervisor.AssessmentAssessment is by coursework (including term papers and oral presentations), and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.CareersThe MSc in Psychology, Health, and Behaviour will be a valuable precursor to any future research degree or clinical doctorate. Skills learnt on this course will also benefit those working within health and illness who wish to further their careers.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4665International course feesGBP 10335
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2330International course feesGBP 5165

Entry requirements for this course

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