This rewarding programme is designed to provide a biological perspective on the nature and study of human behaviour and health with an emphasis on the clinical relevance of contemporary developments in the biological sciences.
Our programme is designed to improve career prospects for health professionals and offers a social context is for the anthropological and psychological issues of health and healthcare. This course covers a broad spectrum of biological approaches from the molecular to ethological studies and presents a diverse range of methods for the study of human behaviour and health.
The biological basis of behaviour is an increasingly important aspect of understanding health and illness. You will develop an in-depth understanding of topic areas and mechanisms involved in the maintenance of health and well-being, and the development and treatment of disease. This rewarding programme provides an ideal platform for the basis for further post-graduate research, a career in consultancy-based research, or your development of evidence-based practice in health care. You will learn to analyse the contributions of different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to the understanding of health and wellbeing, disease and its treatment, and care.
The programme will introduce you to a wide range of health issues from stress to sleep; it considers the aetiology and symptomology of the body’s complex processes with a thought-provoking and challenging syllabus.
We offer a diverse range of modules to build your knowledge and enable you to focus on topics that interest you. Recent examples of these topics included: the psychophysiology of health, where you will examine the effects of stress in relation to health and well-being, health research methods, and public health and social, psychological and biological approaches to health and disease.
You will be supported by a strong academic staff team of biological and health scientists and you will automatically become a part of the Department of Life Sciences’ Health Sciences Research Centre.
Here are examples of the modules:
Careers in the NHS, local authorities,including education departments and social services; NGOs and other charities.
Study how stress affects illness and examine ways to improve individual wellbeing through practical applications in stress management.
Our programme is designed for graduates in psychology and the biological sciences, and professionals from a range of backgrounds including healthcare and counselling. You will gain a robust science-based qualification in the study of stress, dealing specifically with the mechanisms by which psychological stress can induce illnesses and examining issues of measurement, prevalence and management. This is especially pertinent today as you will study occupational stress and management for people in the workplace.
Taught by leading experts in the field, you will learn about how stress medicine and psychoneuroimmunology are growth areas in the discipline. You will be able to conduct and present your research project in an area of your interest. There will be an opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience by recruiting a sample group of subjects for a stress assessment. You will then produce an assessment report which will form the basis of risk assessment and guidance for intervention.
You will gain access to state-of-the-art laboratories and resources for conducting research projects.
In your first semester, you will develop a strong understanding how psychological states can affect physical wellbeing, in particular the role of stress in the development of various diseases, such as coronary heart disease and metabolic disorders including diabetes and mental illnesses. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the health care field and the current developments in stress management.
After the first semester, the emphasis will be on independent study, and you will undertake an in-depth piece of original research. You will learn to collect, combine and analyse data from a range of sources, making critical assessments as you progress. Hands-on experience gained in the recruitment of test group will be invaluable experience for your career in the healthcare.
Here are examples of the modules:
Practitioners work in stress measurement and stress management, and psychophysiological work in professions associated to medicine.
Gain the essential skillsets as a nutritionist to help improve people’s health and well-being in the context of the malnutrition, obesity, metabolic response to injury and chronic disease.
This was the first MSc in Clinical Nutrition to be established in the UK and has gained an international reputation, attracting students from around the world. You will consider the patient’s journey from birth to extreme age in the context of the metabolic response to injury or to chronic disease. The course is designed for all members of nutrition support teams and is also suitable for students who wish to pursue clinically-based nutrition research.
After establishing a firm foundation in physiology and the biochemistry of nutrition, this course will cover the nutritional management for clinical conditions such as gastro-enteral problems, long-term disablement and intensive care. It also includes a focus on nutrition support in paediatric, adult, older adult and critically ill patients.
This course is perfect for nutrition support teams or those who want to pursue a career or a doctorate in clinically-based nutrition. The course will provide an important insight into contemporary developments in clinical nutrition for a wide range of healthcare professionals.
You will have access to our state-of-the art facilities and excellent laboratories including a food lab complete with sensory analysis tasting booths and specialist laboratories for physiology, microbiology and computing.
Please note this programme does not lead to a qualification in the UK as a registered Dietitian. It is an accredited course with the Association for Nutrition, and does enable you to become a registered nutritionist, once you have complete two years in the nutrition field.
This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition.
We offer a diverse range of modules to build your knowledge and enable you to focus on topics that interest you. Recent examples of these topics have included: macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism in health and disease, nutrient digestion and absorption and gastrointestinal disease, nutritional support in paediatric, adult, older adult and critically ill patients, the effect of disease on nutrition status.
Research areas that are also included in the programme are dietary management strategies in women with polycystic ovary syndrome; the role of brain–gut interaction in obesity, eating disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome; the role of the enteric nervous system in known intestinal diseases; vitamin E status in health and disease; the role of microbiota in food and nutritional systems; food bioactives for a healthy gut, brain and vascular system; the regulation of insulin secretion and glucose metabolism in health and diabetes.
Here are examples of the modules:
Nutritionist (public sector, private commercial or independent), public health nutritionist, academia research/teaching, commercial research, NHS (various roles) and local and central government (roles in policy and health promotion). In addition, many students are already health professionals and study the course as part of their career development and specialisation.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
All of our MSc programmes are research intensive, providing essential training in analytical ability, methods awareness and critical thinking, among other fundamental transferable skills.
The MSc Cognitive Neuroscience is designed to train you for further research and study, ideally for a doctoral programme in psychology, neuroscience, clinical psychology, or a related field. Our students regularly move on to PhD positions, applied and clinical psychology posts in the NHS and private sector, as well as research-based positions in industry.
The classes that make up this course have been carefully developed to offer theory, knowledge and practical skills across the areas of clinical, health and neuropsychology, in addition to providing training in research methods.
The knowledge and skills you'll develop will help you if you're aiming to take a PhD in a clinical or health based area, or want to become a Practitioner Psychologist.
You can study full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Single modules can be taken as part of Continuing Professional Development.
Please note although this MSc has a duration of one year, the final assessment deadline you will have (dissertation submission) will be at the end of July. This is to ensure time for marking dissertations and for the external examiner to review all assignments (including the dissertations), prior to the exam board which takes place at the very beginning of September (and within which the marks are ratified). This procedure is typical of MSc courses in the UK.
Two modules covering qualitative and quantitative analyses.
Three modules covering theoretical issues and practical skills relevant to medical conditions from a clinical, health and neuropsychological perspective.
This module provides you with knowledge of the professional skills required in a workplace setting.
You’ll complete a supervised research dissertation on a topic related to the course themes. It can take the form of an individual primary study, a secondary data analysis or a formal systematic review or meta-analysis.
You’ll complete a supervised research placement on a topic related to the course themes.
You’ll undertake a significant empirical project suitable for publication during the MSc. It can take the form of an individual primary study, a secondary data analysis or a formal systematic review or meta-analysis.
We've a number of purpose built experimental labs and facilities including:
Practitioner psychologists contribute to both lectures and seminars throughout the course. For example, you’re introduced to techniques such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing by Health & Care Professionals Councils (HCPC) accredited Practitioner Psychologists.
The course is delivered through seminars, workshops, practical training sessions and practical labs. Specialist guest lectures from external speakers are also included in the curriculum.
The placement enables you to experience an applied work setting.
A wide variety of assessment methods are employed by the course including:
This course will be of interest to students who wish to pursue a career as an applied psychologist, either as a researcher progressing to a PhD, or to support progression to further clinical training such as clinical psychology.
The course also provides post-graduate specialisation in health for graduates to equip them with the knowledge and skills in mental and physical health and well-being to work in NGOs or in a professional position at global organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The range of professional and research skills that our graduates develop on the course means that they are highly employable for the next stage of research or clinical training.
Many have been successful in moving to a funded PhD following completion of the course while others have gone onto psychology assistant or community mental health organisations positions.
Please note that completion of this MSc does not provide a qualification for clinical practice in the UK. For a career as a Clinical Psychologist, a three-year doctorate in Clinical Psychology is required. The MSc in Clinical Health Psychology will provide foundational knowledge and skills that will be relevant for the doctorate, or for a job that will support career progression (for example, as an assistant psychologist).
This course is for those aiming to develop careers in research or enter subsequent training for a scientist-practitioner oriented career such as clinical or educational psychology. It is also designed to provide a basis for further postgraduate study (eg PhDs) and applications for research assistant posts.
You'll learn the skills and theory for conducting research. You'll have the opportunity to meet and discuss research with postgraduate students in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health. You'll also play a role in research with members of our academic staff.
You may also have the opportunity to be employed within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
This course is designed to maximise research potential. It should provide a thorough grounding in research methods for anyone wanting to apply for a research assistant post, apply for doctoral study or enter training for a scientist-practitioner oriented career such as educational or clinical psychology.
As such, a significant proportion of time is devoted to allowing you to undertake a substantial research project, with one-to-one supervision and access to all the advanced research equipment in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health, and a focus on producing a thesis that it is potentially publishable in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
In addition, you'll complete training in the philosophy of social research methods, quantitative and qualitative research methods and research design over two semesters. These taught modules will provide essential training for the completion of the research project and for your subsequent career in research.
Specialist research equipment is available for use by our postgraduate students, including:
Taught classes are a mixture of tutorials, lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practical sessions to facilitate your learning.
Each taught class has its own set of assessments including essays, reports, class tests, presentations and research proposals. The dissertation will cumulate in a thesis.
The course is primarily designed for graduates in psychology who wish to begin a career in research. It's ideally suited to someone who wishes to apply for a post as a research assistant or wishes to apply for doctoral study.
Previous students have been successful in receiving PhD funding from the University as well as externally funded studentships from a variety of sources including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Welcome Trust, the Carnegie Trust, and places at other universities.
The course also provides research training to those graduates who may wish to enter professional training for jobs which have a ‘scientist-practitioner’ underpinning such as clinical psychology.