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  • Study Type

    Distance learning available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    October, January

  • Course Duration

    18-36 months distance learning

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    17 July 2017

Course content

The MSc Health Psychology course is fully accredited by the BPS and allows you to study online at a pace that suits you, with no need to come onto campus. It confers Stage 1 Training to become a Health Psychologist.

During the course you will:
-Develop an in-depth understanding of the theory underpinning health psychology
-Develop your understanding of advanced research methodology and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data to carry out independent work of publishable standard
-Develop awareness of the contribution and application of health psychology within multicultural and multidisciplinary settings
-Develop professional and transferable skills in preparation for becoming a health psychologist

What you will study

You will study a course that follows the BPS curriculum for professional training in health psychology. There are six compulsory taught modules and you would be expected to take one to two modules per term depending on your pace of study. There is also the Research Project module.

-Illness Processes and Behaviour
-Health Behaviours
-Health Inequalities Across the Lifespan
-Professional Issues and Applications
-Qualitative Research Methodology
-Quantitative Methods and Advanced Statistics
-Research Project

Learning, teaching & assessment

This is an online course that is delivered through a virtual learning environment (Blackboard). You do not need to come onto campus in order to study this course.

Lecture material will be provided through audio PowerPoint presentations and seminar activities will be facilitated by an online discussion board. You will also interact with staff and other MSc students via Skype and have tutorials using Skype, email or telephone.

Assessment is 100% coursework. If studying part-time this is equivalent to approximately one day a week, which you can spread out over the whole week at a pace to suit you.

Your future career opportunities

This course will prepare you for membership of the BPS Division of Health Psychology and towards further training and employment in health psychology.

After studying this course, you can apply for posts as a research assistant or assistant psychologist working in a range of chronic health or health promotion fields. Many graduates go on to complete further training (Stage 2) to become a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a registered health psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Stage 2 of the training involves developing and demonstrating competences in research, teaching and training, practice and consultancy.

Recent graduates from both our on-campus and distance learning MSc Health Psychology courses have entered a variety of roles, for example:
-Assistant Psychologist, St Andrew's Healthcare
-Health psychologist, Private health clinic.
-Health Researcher, Unspecified Pharmaceutical Company
-Research Assistant, The University of Hong Kong
-School Programme Co-Ordinator, Food Dudes
-Stop Smoking Adviser, Bannerbrook Pharmacy
-Team Leader, The Midland Eye Institute
-WEA Ambassador, Royal Bank of Scotland
-Working in the NHS running interventions to improve health of patients and management of their illness
-Working in the NHS to evaluate and re-design existing health services
-PhD study

Professional accreditation

This MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society as Stage 1 Professional Training in Health Psychology.

In the recent accreditation by the BPS the online and campus courses received 5 commendations including the reflective practice incorporated into the course, the online induction programme and the positive feedback from students.

In order to become a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS or a registered health psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, students must complete Stage II training. A number of routes to stage II are offered at Aston University.

Visit the Health Psychology (Distance Learning) - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!





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