Designed and delivered in collaboration with researchers and practitioners within the field, this course will give you the opportunity to explore the many ways in which psychology can be applied to an understanding of health and illness and to modern healthcare systems.
You will also attend distinct interprofessional learning event for the equivalent of 2 days throughout the programme. These will focus on inter-professional relationships and interdisciplinary working in healthcare settings. All academic staff contributing to the course are research-active, have presented their research at national and international conferences and published in specialist journals including Social Science and Medicine, Psychology and Health, and Journal of Health Psychology.
There is a significant focus on developing skills that are transferable to a variety of careers and contexts on an international level. The course is designed to improve your understanding in professional areas such as ethics and reflective practice to enhance your employability across a range of health and social care careers. Successful graduates (who already hold a BPS-accredited undergraduate award in Psychology) can progress on to stage two training in Health Psychology in order to attain registration as a practitioner psychologist.
- Professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the course has been commended on the quality of student support, the quality of research methods training, links with local communities and services, and the development of inter-professional skills through short placements
- Suitable for recent graduates and experienced professionals looking to enhance their specialist skills and career opportunities
- Benefit from inter-professional learning and develop a range of transferable skills, alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds
- Our experienced academic staff and many of our graduates have presented their innovative research at national and international conferences
- Enhance your employability across a range of career paths within health and social care
- The course also benefits from two distinctive strands, especially pertinent to working as a contemporary health psychologist – social and cultural diversity, and inter-professional relationships
Structure and assessment
The MSc consists of theoretical, work-related and research-based modules which are described below. Please note that ALL modules are compulsory for successful completion of the award and for recognition by the accrediting body. There are no optional modules
- Theories and Perspectives in Health Psychology (15 credits) – explores the biopsychosocial model of health and evaluates the ways in which lifestyles and health-enhancing and health- compromising behaviours (such as exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption) impact on our well-being
- Mind, Body and Health (15 credits)- investigates the ways in which mind and body interact to affect health, and also explores the role of personality factors and social support
- Understanding and Managing Chronic Health Conditions (15 credits) – develops a detailed understanding of how living with a long-term health condition affects the individual, their caregivers and family members
- Critical and International Perspectives on Health Psychology (15 credits) – integrates psychological and sociological perspectives to develop understanding of health and illness among disadvantaged communities in the UK and around the world
- Psychology of Health and Food through The Lifespan (15 credits)- focuses on adaptive and maladaptive eating behaviours through the human lifespan
- Health Psychology in Theory and Contemporary Practice (15 credits) – explores the theoretical perspectives that inform the work of modern day health psychologists and discusses how these are applied in practice. There is a particular focus on working in inter-professional and multi-disciplinary teams.
- Research Methods and Data Analysis for Applied Psychologists (30 credits) – introduces you to a range of ways of collecting, analysing, and presenting research data
- Advanced Applied Psychology Dissertation (60 credits) – is an independent research project in a health-related topic area of your choice
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
Psychology students benefit from access to a suite of research rooms and computer laboratories which are restricted to Psychology undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Psychology Division also provides a wide range of software and equipment to support the development of experimental studies and resources to facilitate the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data – both electronically and in person.
The MSc Health Psychology at DMU provides the opportunity to complete an accredited programme with a distinctive focus on international perspectives, inter-professional policies and practices and in-depth coverage of eating behaviours and problems through the human lifespan.
The Health Psychology course is designed to deliver a range of transferable skills and enhance your employability across a range of health and social care careers. Health psychology is an expanding area of global employment, with opportunities for graduates in hospitals, universities and community-based organisations.
Successful graduates can also progress on to doctoral study, including stage two training in Health Psychology or PhD or training to become a psychological well-being practitioner. There are also opportunities in the field of public health (in areas such as smoking cessation, weight management, safer-sex promotion). A full day of annual employability and enhancement events are held in February/March each year.
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