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Health psychology is an exciting and growing branch of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to behaviours and beliefs related to health and illness. Read more
Health psychology is an exciting and growing branch of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to behaviours and beliefs related to health and illness.

Health psychologists’ interests are firmly in line with government health agendas, and include the promotion of positive health behaviours in adults and children; reducing obesity, binge drinking, smoking and stress; and increasing psychological wellbeing.

The route to Chartered Psychologist status is through the attainment of an accredited MSc Health Psychology (stage 1 training), followed by supervised professional practice (stage 2 training).

USW’s MSc Health Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing students with the knowledge and skills required for Stage 1 of your training in qualifying as a Chartered Psychologist and practitioner health psychologist.

The MSc Health Psychology is taught by registered practitioner health psychologists (who are also BPS Chartered) with many years of specialist teaching, research and clinical experience in a range of areas of health psychology. Specialist practitioners contribute a contemporary perspective as guest lecturers.

We have ongoing research collaborations with NHS clinicians that provide opportunities for students to have access to clinical populations for dissertation research projects and work experience placements. These currently include psychiatry liaison, pain management, eating disorders and cardiac rehabilitation.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/300-msc-health-psychology

Five BPS Commendations

The course recently received five commendations from the British Psychological Society who praised the relationships we have with external health and clinical practitioners, and the opportunities these provide to students; the programme’s development in relation to the health needs of the local and wider population in response to the priorities of the Welsh Government Department of Health; the high level of student support; the emphasis on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to prepare students for the reflective skills they will need in practice; and the opportunities provided to students by Psychology Plus (employability scheme).

Work Experience Opportunities

We have ongoing research collaborations with four Welsh Health Boards and NHS clinicians that provide opportunities for students to have access to clinical populations for dissertation research projects and work experience placements.

Pawb, our on-campus clinic offers a wide range of psychological services to the public. Students will be able to benefit from supervised voluntary experience and in-house research opportunities.

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Contexts and Perspectives in Health Psychology
- Research Methods in Health Psychology: Measurement & Professional Issues* Applications of Health Psychology
- Health-related Cognitions and Behaviour
- Stress, Health and Illness
- A Lifespan Perspective on Health, Illness & Disability
- Independent Research Dissertation
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Learning and teaching methods

Teaching includes lectures, seminars and workshops, some of which will be student-led. There will be a variety of assessment activities such as examinations, essays, case study analysis, poster presentations and the design of a health promotion campaign.

The MSc Health Psychology provides students with opportunities for work experience in the School of Psychology’s own Psychology and Well-Being Clinic (PAWB Wales), in addition to research projects with our NHS partners on issues such as pain management, eating disorders and cardiac rehabilitation.

As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the University has recently invested in a new clinic facility that offers a wide range of psychological services to the public. The Psychology and Well-Being Clinic Wales (PAWB Wales) services include play therapy, health psychology, sport psychology, occupational psychology and behaviour analysis. Through the clinic, MSc Health Psychology students and trainee practitioners can gain access to real life training opportunities.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The Sc Health Psychology provides current, up-to-date theory, knowledge and skills related to therapeutic play and enables graduates to work as therapeutic play specialists in educational, healthcare or social care settings.

In addition, an understanding of play is key to current government education initiatives and course content addresses the Welsh Government’s Foundation Phase and other early years educational curricula. Hence this award offers excellent career development in the field of play, whether as a teacher or education specialist, play worker or play development officer, nursery manager, or work in health or social services.

Assessment methods

Assessment uses a variety of methods, including essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes. There are opportunities for work placements.

Facilities

As an MSc Health Psychology student, you’lll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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This MSc is designed to enhance the abilities of health professionals to critically evaluate approaches to mental health care. Read more
This MSc is designed to enhance the abilities of health professionals to critically evaluate approaches to mental health care.

Who is it for?

This postgraduate course develops knowledge and skills to enable practitioners to work effectively with colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds, and to critically explore the dynamics and challenges of working in this context considering innovative ways of meeting the mental health needs of individuals and communities.

It is designed for all healthcare professionals working in mental health services including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, other clinical staff, and workers from a wide range of allied statutory and voluntary agencies.

Objectives

The MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Adult Mental Health) is designed for all healthcare professionals working in mental health services.

The course will provide students with the skills, knowledge and awareness in the assessment and formulation of mental health problems, evidence-based psychosocial interventions and contemporary issues in mental health. There is an opportunity to critically evaluate risk assessment and management across the life span as well as to understand the concepts which inform professional leadership. Students will develop a greater awareness of inter-professional practice and communication as well as an emphasis is on collaborative practice. The development of ethical and culturally sensitive practice and the placement of the service user and their carers are key priorities within this programme.

You will be given the opportunity to discuss key debates in health and social care provision, within multi-professional and interdisciplinary contexts. The course is designed to enhance the abilities of health professionals to critically evaluate approaches to compassionate mental health care and consider innovative ways of meeting the mental health needs of individuals and communities.

Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including insitution-based taught modules; e-learning, work-based learning, lectures, self-directed study; tutorials; class-based seminars; reflective study; enquiry based learning; and workshops.

Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. Students will learn in large and small multiprofessional, multidisciplinary groups and will be supported to participate in independent learning.

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of a Masters level course, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. Assessment is diverse and includes essays; reflective practice; objective structured clinical examinations; practice-based assessments; poster presentations; case studies; data analysis; and seminar presentations with supporting papers.

Modules

Students must gain 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma. The addition of a dissertation leads to an MSc.

Core modules
-Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
-Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Discipline specific modules
-Assessing and understanding mental health problems (15 credits)
-Evidence-based psychosocial interventions in mental health (15 credits)
-Contemporary issues in mental health (15 credits)

Elective/optional modules - students should choose two modules from the following:
-Evidence Based Dementia Care (15 credits)
-Risk Assessment & Management in Mental Health (15 credits)
-Liaison Mental Health Care (15 credits)
-Child Protection: Working with risk and resilience (15 credits)
-Professional Leadership (15 credits)
-Early Identification & Psychological Development (15 credits)
-Psychology for health and social care (15 credits)

Career prospects

Our Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care graduates will gain a deep understanding and knowledge of adult mental health to therefore work effectively and collaboratively across professional agencies and boundaries. Previous students have gone on to secure influential roles within the professional areas of mental health and social care, the voluntary sector and health policy and management. Successful completion of the MSc fulfils the requirements for higher-grade, senior advanced practice posts in health and social care and qualifies students to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

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