This programme applies psychological theory and research to improve health and healthcare delivery.
We draw on theories derived from cognitive, social, clinical and health psychology. Approaches studied are informed by research methodologies that provide an evidence base for their implementation. Issues addressed at the individual level include obesity, medical error, behaviour change and psychological wellbeing. At group level, the interactions of different professional groups, impacts of new health interventions and the effects of multidisciplinary teamwork are examined. Concerns at the healthcare delivery level include evidence-based practice, patient safety, government policy and economics.
This rich programme draws on many levels of analysis, aspects of psychological theory, research, practice and policy. You'll be taught by subject experts, who actively research and publish in their area, and work with the NHS, food industry, charities and other organisations to improve health outcomes.
The School of Psychology is a large and thriving department which has expanded rapidly over the last five years. There are now over 70 members of academic, research and support staff, including nine professors. We offer high quality research-led teaching and you'll be actively encouraged to engage in ongoing research. Much of this research is collaborative with government departments, research councils, the NHS and industry.
We offer a lively learning environment with modern facilities for teaching and research, which aims to produce graduates equipped with current knowledge and the ability to apply this to key health issues.
The modules you study initially lay firm foundations for your later study and dissertation. You'll consolidate your research skills and consider the broader issues in psychological approaches to health.
Later modules introduce a unique combination of applied perspectives.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Advanced Research Methods 20 credits
- Systematic Review 25 credits
- Health Behaviour Change: Theories, Methods and Interventions 20 credits
- Theory and Intervention in Food and Nutrition 20 credits
- MSc Research Project 60 credits
- Psychology of Patient Safety 20 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Psychological Approaches to Health MSc in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
The programme incorporates a range of teaching methods including workshops, presentations, problem solving approaches and small group discussions, as well as the more traditional lecture and seminar formats. We expect students to spend the remainder of their study time in independent learning, guided by reading lists and assessments.
Innovative forms of assessment such as online group work, short reports, individual and group presentations and case studies sit alongside exams and essays to extend the repertoire of students' skills.
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in psychology or a discipline containing a substantial amount of psychology and research methods training.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Psychology Taught Postgraduate Admissions Team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
How to apply
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Selection principlesThe selection process for taught postgraduate programmes is primarily based on the past and predicted academic performance of the applicants. We also consider applicants' motivation and enthusiasm to continue their studies in psychology
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
School of Psychology Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy
UK/EU: £9,250 (total)
International: £21,500 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
School of Psychology support
The School offers a bursary of £1,000 towards fees to one UK/EU student on the masters course. There is no application process for this award. For more information contact Louise Gill, the MSc Course Administrator, email@example.com.
All students who pay fees at the international rate are offered £2,000 towards fees if they do not have any other source of funding.
The majority of our former students have gone on to work in healthcare, as assistant psychologists, research assistants and clinical psychologists. Others have developed careers in training departments, health promotion and health and safety roles in both public and private sectors.
A substantial proportion of our students further develop their research interests and academic careers by choosing to study for a PhD.
The School of Psychology organises several careers events throughout your time at Leeds. You'll also have a personal tutor, who'll offer support through our Leeds for Life approach.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.