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Health Psychology - MSc

Course Description

The MSc Health Psychology course is fully accredited by the BPS and 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

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

In addition to the knowledge that you will acquire, you will be gain a range of transferable skills, such as:
-Critical enquiry
-Report writing
-Active listening
-Research methods
-Statistical and qualitative analyses
-IT skills
-Group work
-Time management
-Reflective practice

Learning, teaching & assessment

Teaching and learning methods include:
-Group work
-Independent study

All students will receive additional support through a tutorial system.

Teaching on campus takes place on two full days in the week (usually Mondays and Wednesdays). All additional work, independent study, coursework etc. needs to be organised to fit your own circumstances. We understand that some students need to work but emphasise that this is a full-time course and so if working in the daytime you will need to work on your studies in the evenings.

There is a range of assessment methods including essays, reports, reviews and presentations. There is only one exam which is in statistics.

Professional accreditation

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. Further details of how to become a Chartered Health Psychologist are available from the Division of Health Psychology or contact Dr Rachel Shaw for further information.

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

Visit the Health Psychology - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Elaine Fernandes

Having studied at Aston University for my undergraduate degree, it was the natural choice when looking to study a Masters. I chose to do Health Psychology because the course is accredited by the BPS and provides stage 1 training towards chartered health psychology status. I chose to stay at Aston purely because I know how dedicated and supportive the staff are. Aston also has a helpful and friendly careers service, giving great advice. The programme staff have active links with research, NHS and health organisations which gives key insight into various job prospects that health psychology can lead to. In addition the MSc really enhances your research skills and provides great resources for applying knowledge. My favourite part of the course was the lectures lead by health professionals who currently work in the field. It gives lots of opportunity to ask literally anything about areas of research, careers and to understand first-hand how theory applies in practice.

I’ve met some amazing individuals and built life-long friendships; and it’s the people that shape the best memories I have of Aston.


Ferguson Foundation Scholarship - 7 Awards

The scholarships are available to students applying to on campus programmes offered in the School of Life & Health Sciences. The Ferguson Scholarships apply to the following programmes:MSc in Biomedical Sciences
MSc Molecular Biotechnology
MSc Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
MSc Health and Disease
MSc in Drug Delivery
MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences
MSc in Pharmacokinetics
MSc in Pharmacology
MSc in Health Psychology
MRes in Cognitive Neurosciences If successful, you will receive a scholarship of approximately £12,000 towards the cost of your MSc course fees. You will have to contribute £3,000 (approx) towards your MSc tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Between £9,000 and £12,000


The School of Life & Health Sciences is offering 7 scholarships to students from Africa and South America. Scholarships are supported by the Ferguson Foundation which is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students who would not otherwise be able to consider study in the UK.

Application Procedure

To be considered you must fulfill the following:Be a National from an African or South American country and submit a concise 1,000-1,500 word essay explaining how you and your home country will benefit from the skills and knowledge you will acquire in the MSc course you have applied for.

You must be in receipt of an offer for one of the above programmes prior to applying for the scholarship.Once you have received your offer you can send your scholarship application to [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants with an Honours Degree, normally 2.1 or above, (makes student eligible for Graduate Basis Recognition of the British Psychological Society (BPS)) will be considered. Applicants may be called for interview. Students who are applying from outside the UK, or who do not have a BPS accredited Bachelor’s degree in Psychology must check with the BPS to see if they qualify for Graduate Basis Registration (GBR). Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

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