Accredited by British Psychological Society (BPS), this course is designed to help you become a practising health psychologist, supporting others in dealing with the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness, as well promoting healthier lifestyles.
If you already possess Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), either from a BPS accredited Psychology degree or conversion course, successful completion of this Master’s fulfils the first of two stages towards becoming qualified as a practitioner Health Psychologist.
You’ll be taught by our highly experienced course team, which includes staff who have worked in a variety of settings as practitioners and/or researchers in areas such as pain management and the management of long term conditions, smoking cessation, public health, clinical health psychology and community health.
Health psychology is based on the premise that illness is caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors – things like genetic conditions, anxiety levels or lifestyle choices, family relationships and support systems – some of which can be remedied with counselling, education, social support and behaviour change interventions.
You will be taught how to develop, evaluate and deliver relevant interventions in a whole range of situations which are designed to improve health or enable individuals to better cope with illness. This may include helping people maintain a healthy weight, avoid risky or unhealthy behaviours and maintain a positive outlook in order to combat stress, depression and anxiety.
We place a significant emphasis on research methods, developing your knowledge and skills in planning, carrying out, analysing and writing about research in applied health psychology. For your dissertation, you will have the opportunity to produce an extensive piece of independent research under the supervision of research active academics.
Why choose this course?
Health psychology concerns the scientific study of the psychological processes of health, illness and health care. The aim is to promote healthier lifestyles, improve health care systems and ideally prevent illness and disability, supporting those affected when this is not possible.
Developed with a focus on your future employability, this course places a practical emphasis on the teaching of health psychology as it is applied to real-world situations. For example, development of public health campaigns, intervention development and case study examples.
A professional practice module is also taught by current practitioners, who share their own experiences. This helps to maintain an outstanding track record of having 100% of our postgraduate Psychology students in work or continuing their studies within six months of graduation (DLHE 2014/15).
You’ll have the opportunity to gain a thorough grounding in the core psychological theories, themes, issues and practical skills that are central to the practice and application of psychological research into behaviour relevant to health, illness and health care. We also host an exciting programme of guest speakers to keep you abreast of the latest developments and trends, which have recently included PhD students, public health consultants, epidemiologists, researchers and therapists.
Recognising that our graduates are increasingly looking to work all over the world, we also encourage an international perspective, enabling you to consider a diverse range of patient groups in a range of different countries. You may also get the opportunity to take part in international field trips.
International experience opportunities
We offer a multicultural, international experience attracting students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and different countries, particularly Malaysia, China, India, Nigeria, Germany, Bulgaria, who provide global insight and experience.
There may be opportunities to take part in international field trips (subject to an additional cost and availability) which is supported by the University’s Centre for Global Engagement. For example, previous students have taken part in a trip to Sri Lanka where they had the opportunity to teach at a partner institution, visit hospitals and attended an international psychology conference.