Health Psychology / Psychology and Health (MSc)

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How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4500 per year

How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 8000 per year

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About Health Psychology / Psychology and Health at City, University of London

Promoting the scientific study of health, illness and healthcare to improve health outcomes for patients and the public.

Who is it for?

These courses are for high-performing, self-directed individuals who want to learn about complex problems of health and healthcare from a psychological perspective. Applicants will have the desire to conduct innovative research to understand these issues and develop and evaluate potential solutions. The programme is a Stage 1 Health Psychology qualification accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). It has been designed for students who would like to go on to a PhD or DPsych in Health Psychology.

The MSc Health Psychology is for students with an undergraduate degree accredited by the British Psychological Society. If you do not have Graduate Basis for Registration with the BPS but would like to undertake a Masters degree in this subject, we offer the MSc Psychology and Health as an equivalent programme with identical modules (but no accreditation by the BPS).


Health psychology explores the psychological and behavioural processes that influence the maintenance and promotion of health, the development of illness, and the delivery of healthcare through rigorous research that feeds into evidence-based practice.

Teaching at City promotes the scientist-practitioner model in which research influences how we practice, while allowing our experiences in practice to shape the research questions we address.

We recognise that great research will not make a difference to people's lives unless the lessons learned feed into interventions for the public, patients and healthcare professionals.  You will learn how to make research evidence accessible to help maximise its impact.

Taught by a team of leading research-active academics, who are members of the Centre for Health Services Research (CHSR), the MSc Health Psychology/ Psychology & Health programme is designed to give you foundational knowledge to propel you to an exciting career in the discipline.

Here are some examples of the kinds of questions the course considers:

  • How can psychological theory help us understand health and illness behaviours?
  • What can be done to promote and sustain health lifestyles?
  • How can we help people cope with a diagnosis?
  • What are the challenges facing individuals living with long-term conditions?
  • How can we make complex behavioural interventions more effective?

“For health psychologists, practice should always reflect the best available empirical evidence and the highest ethical standards. We promote these values throughout the programme and our students have the opportunity to demonstrate adherence to these guiding principles in a substantial research project for their dissertation.”

Dr Martin Cartwright


The MSc in Health Psychology has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 1999 and confers the Stage 1 requirements towards becoming a Health Psychologist.

The MSc in Psychology and Health, which is not accredited by the BPS, was set up in 1999 for applicants who do not have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS, but who have an interest in psychological issues related to health.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

When we review your application we would like to know why you would like to study health psychology, why you want to study at City, University of London, how your academic and professional experiences meet the requirements of the course and how you would like to use the qualification in your future career.

MSc Health Psychology

A minimum of an upper second Bachelors degree in Psychology from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A lower second-class or equivalent degree may be accepted if evidence of further study or relevant work experience is provided.

Applicants must have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

MSc Psychology and Health

A minimum of an upper second Bachelors degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to provide evidence of English proficiency.

We only accept the following English language qualifications:

  • GCSE - grade C or above
  • CSE - grade C or above
  • SEB - grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Pass
  • IELTS - Overall score of 7 or above and at least 6.5 in each subject.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

Due to changes in the UK Visas and Immigration's (UKVI) list of Secure English Language Teaching System Tests (SELT) we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS), as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

September 2018

September 2018

Health Psychology and Psychology and Applicants will need to submit

  • Two references (at least one academic for recent graduates)
  • Copy of degree certificate and transcript
  • If applying for the MSc in Health Psychology you will need confirmation from the British Psychological Society (BPS) that you have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)

If you wish to apply for part-time versions of these courses please complete the application form and email identifying your application and letting us know you wish to study part-time.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:

Phone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000

Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Health
City University London
Northampton Square

Teaching and learning

The course uses a range of teaching methods including classroom teaching, seminars and workshops. You will also be able to learn from our on-site TECS lab. This is a dedicated smart home equipped with tele-health and tele-care applications and an adjacent monitoring system.

The purpose of the TECS lab is to enable researchers to monitor long-term conditions, and use technology to track an individual's health in real time. For example seat and bed occupancy sensors enable health psychologists to monitor physical movement and intervene when routine behaviours are disrupted.

Academic staff

The School of Health Sciences employs one of the largest number of Chartered Health Psychologists, health psychology researchers and health psychology PhD students in the UK, many of whom are involved in the teaching, assessment and supervision of students on the programme.

Academic staff:


You will be assessed through a varied combination of formats throughout the programme including coursework, examination, a diary component, online discussion forums and a significant piece of empirical research.

The assessment for the Doctorate includes:

  • A reflective report (3,000 words) detailing how supervised practice has enabled you to fulfil the generic professional competence.
  • A report (1,000 words) summarising the involvement of service users and/or carers in your training.
  • Log of experiences that enabled you to gain competence in each component of all core units over the equivalent of two years' full-time supervised practice (this should include a record of your attendance at core CPD workshops)
  • A case study (3,000 words excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendices.
  • A contract and working agreement conditions document (3,000 words, excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendices.
  • Two teaching and training case studies (1 x 1,000 & 1 x 2,000 words, excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendices. One of the populations must be health care professionals and an observer's report (500 words)
  • A case study describing the process of conducting a psychological intervention that has been implemented through face-to-face work with an individual client (3000 words, excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendices.
  • A case study (2,000 words, excluding appendices) describing the process of conducting a psychological intervention that has been delivered through a medium other than face-to-face with an individual client with a reflective report on delivering this intervention included in the appendices.
  • A research thesis (approximately 15,000 words, excluding appendices) to be written to a standard acceptable for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • A systematic review (6,000 words excluding appendices) to be written to a standard acceptable for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.


The programme consists of eight compulsory modules and all the teaching takes place in the first two terms. In term one you will be introduced to behavioural medicine, lifestyle, gender and culture, theoretical foundations of health psychology and research design and statistics. In the second term you study understanding and managing long term conditions, developing complex interventions, professional practice and contextual issues in health psychology and advanced research design and statistics. The third term is dedicated to the dissertation.

You may have the opportunity to interact directly with patients or healthcare professionals at the dissertation stage of this Masters degree. You will be conducting your own independent research and this may, for example, involve interviewing patients or professionals about a particular subject, or delivering behaviour change interventions.

To become a qualified researcher and practitioner, you will need to be able to understand and critique published research and to understand practitioner issues, so you can conduct your own research from scratch. At City we will encourage you to conduct research on the front line working on projects that require ethical approval, where you are engaging with real people so you can have a direct impact on their lives.

Core modules

  • Theoretical foundations of health psychology (15 credits)
  • Behavioural medicine (15 credits)
  • Understanding and managing long-term conditions (15 credits)
  • Lifespan, gender & culture (15 credits)
  • Developing complex interventions (15 credits)
  • Professional and contextual Issues in health psychology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to research design & statistics (15 credits)
  • Advanced research design & statistics (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

Health psychologists work in academia as researchers and within the NHS and the wider healthcare sector. The nature of the work means you will be trying to influence public health policy in terms of the way that health care is practised. You will also be evaluating how health care professionals do their work while adhering to the best clinical standards.

Becoming a healthcare psychologist

As a UK student, because the Health Psychology MSc is accredited, it is known as Stage 1 of the standard training in healthcare psychology. By successfully completing this course you will be able to move on to Stage 2 training (a doctoral level qualification in health psychology). This leads to becoming a fully recognised health psychologist whereby you can apply for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Full membership of the Division of Health Psychology means you will also be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Chartered Health Psychologist. You can only use the protected title ‘Health Psychologist' by registering with the HCPC, the statutory regulator.

Graduate destinations

Graduates of the MSc in Health Psychology and MSc in Psychology & Health take a variety of career paths across the NHS and wider public sector. Here are some examples of the kinds of roles our graduates go on to do:

  • A PhD student studying a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology
  • A research assistant in higher education, NHS or the private sector
  • An assistant psychologist in an applied setting
  • An NHS or third sector healthcare professional, such as a smoking cessation officer, or a public health and health promotion practitioner

90% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Find out more about the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16

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 studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4500 per yearInternational course feesGBP 8000 per year
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 16000 per year

Notes about fees for this course


Full-time: £9,000

Part-time: £4,500 per year


Full-time: £16,000

Part-time: £8,000 per year

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).


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Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

MSc Health Psychology

Professor Jill Francis introduces City's MSc Health Psychology programme. Accredited by The British Psychological Society, the programme is designed for highly motivated students with an intellectual curiosity to learn about complex problems of health and healthcare and the ambition to conduct research that may lead to a solution to these problems.

Academic facilities

City has recently opened the TECS Lab, a dedicated ‘smart home', to showcase some of the exciting technologies that are being implemented around the UK to support patients with long-term conditions and complex health and social care needs.

This is a one-of-a-kind resource that is already being used for teaching and research purposes. You will visit the TECS Lab in the spring term and the resource will be available to conduct your own dissertation research on a related topic. As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

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