The course will be of interest to those wishing to pursue a career as a professional health psychologist or to those with an interest in the psychological concomitants of physical health.
The accredited MSc in Health Psychology will provide the first step towards Chartered Health Psychologist status for students who are eligible to hold the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
You will then need to complete a Stage Two postgraduate training programme in health psychology to meet the BPS requirements for the status of Chartered Health Psychologist.
Entry requirements: 2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Including: 1st degree in Psychology that is recognised as providing GBR with the BPS
Excluding: All other subjects
Other requirements: Proof of GBR must be stated as a condition of any offer.
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL paper based: 573 with 4.5 TWE
TOEFL computer based: 230 with 4.5 in TWE/essay
TOEFL IBT: 88 (no less than 19 in any element)
- The MSc in Health Psychology emphasises the Institute's established strengths in areas such as chronic illness, health-related support groups on the Internet and work-related health
- Teaching within the Institute is informed by current research. We believe that research and teaching should be developed and delivered to help students and staff make a difference in the real world
- In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 95% of the Institute's research was rated as 'International' with 70% 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (with Nottingham University Business School)
- The wider School of Psychology was awarded 24/24 in the latest Teaching Quality Assessment, with a commendation for teaching
You will be required to study the following core modules in semester one:
- Context and Perspectives in Health Psychology
- Theories in Health Psychology
- Biomedical Perspectives in Health
- Core Research Methods
- Health and Clinical Research Methods
- Personal and Professional Development
Semester two covers the core modules listed below:
- Chronic Illness, Disability and Stress
- Health Across the Lifespan
- Healthcare Contexts
- Practice and Evaluation of Health Interventions
- Analytical Research Methods
You will also be able to choose one of the optional modules listed below:
- Organisations, Stress and Health
- Environmental Psychology and Design
- Introduction to Health Promotion and Psychology
- Clinical Skills Workshops
- Marketing Health Interventions
- Health Promotion, Culture and International Development
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake an applied research project. This is your opportunity to complete a major piece of independent research in a topic related to health psychology under the supervision of a suitably experienced member of academic staff.
The MSc in Health Psychology is delivered on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years. It commences in late September.
The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits worth of core and optional taught modules and a 60-credit research project.
Part-time students on this course are taught alongside full-time students and the choice of modules (and therefore the timetable) is flexible and a matter for agreement between student and course director. In all cases, part-time students can access a wide range of teaching and learning facilities remotely via the student portal.