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    Full-time: 1 year

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  • Last Updated

    25 April 2018

Course content

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Our BPS-accredited MSc in Health Psychology is specifically designed for graduate psychologists who wish to go on to becoming registered Health Psychologists with the HCPC. Our Health Psychology course combines classroom teaching, individual study and practical work in statistics, a supervised research project and a 100-hour health-based clinical placement.

Key benefits

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Pioneers of postgraduate training in this discipline since 1987
  • Leading research centre in clinical health psychology
  • Collaborations within many NHS services across King's Health Partners
  • Visiting lecturers who are world class in their fields
  • Access to first-class dedicated facilities
  • 100-hour supervised placement opportunities within the NHS, third section and industry
  • Small class sizes


Our Health Psychology course provides up-todate and thorough grounding in the theories, concepts and empirical findings in health psychology. It will prepare you for a subsequent research degree or professional training in health psychology (ie PhD and/or BPS Stage 2 training in Health Psychology).

We aim to equip you with the skills to apply the scientific and theoretical basis of health psychology using scholarly and critical

approaches. We also provide formal training in quantitative and qualitative research methods so that you are able to evaluate, plan and conduct research. Clinical placements provide the opportunity to observe health psychology in practice and to learn basic clinical skills.

The clinical placement takes place in the second semester and is organised by a dedicated member of academic staff in NHS departments across King’s Health Partners, in industry and health related charities and public services. Placements consist of a dedicated piece of work completed by the student in their host department coupled with shadowing and observing health and clinical psychologists. Previous placements included auditing patient experiences in an NHS outpatient department, designing an information leaflet on health psychological measurement for allied health professionals and interviewing patients about their experiences of psychological therapy among others, some of which have led to academic and professional publication.

You will also be required to undertake a significant piece of empirical work (a research project). All research projects are conducted in collaboration with a supervisor. While you will be encouraged to develop your own research proposal, you will also have the opportunity to work on projects developed by academic staff in their areas of expertise.

Course format and assessment

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Year 1

Examination (20%) | Coursework (60%) | Practical (20%)

Course accreditation 

British Psychological Society as Stage One training towards becoming a Chartered Health Psychologist.

Career prospects

Our graduates continue to complete BPS Stage 2 and practise as health psychologists in clinical settings, research assistants, PhD study, jobs in behaviour relevant to healthand illness and health care delivery, such as smoking cessation adviser.

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