Health Psychology (MSc) 2020 entry
The MSc in Health Psychology starts students on the path to becoming a Chartered Psychologist and provides training in the applications of psychological theory and research methods.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time
- A 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Psychology. This must be recognised by the British Psychological Society for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £9,450
Tuesday 30 June 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- personal statement explaining why you would like to take the MSc and how your studies to date have prepared you for the course (300 words)
- sample of academic work including management and analysis of data (no longer than 2,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details about each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue, which is for the 2019–2020 academic year and therefore some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
- Quality of Life, Communication and Chronic Illness: quality of life in health care settings, and the issues of caring for an increasing number of patients within modern health services with chronic conditions.
- Theories of Health Psychology and Behaviour Change: covers the context and perspectives of health psychology, including a historical overview and current theories and approaches in health psychology.
- Biological Systems and Development: introduces the importance of biological and developmental systems to the understanding of people's perceived and actual health status, including methods of assessing health behaviour and intervening to change health behaviour.
- Health Information, Prevention and Decision Making: the issues of provision of information and surrounding the decisions made by the general public about their health care.
- Methods of Data Analysis in Psychology: advanced training in research design, statistics, qualitative methods and modelling.
- Generic Research and Professional Skills in Psychology: introduces students to the various skills and issues that are important to academic psychologists irrespective of their particular area of research.
Students will conduct and report a research project from a health psychology perspective. Projects may comprise field or laboratory-based studies.
The research project will be planned during both academic semesters and written during the summer. It will involve two to three months of data collection and will be written up as a 5,000-word dissertation, in an appropriate scientific journal style, to be submitted by a date specified in August.
Students will be assigned a supervisor who will provide guidance during the planning, research and writing phases.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.