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Take the first step towards becoming a chartered health psychologist. Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and counts as stage one of your training. 

To help you put your skills into action, you’ll carry out practical work in statistics, a supervised research project and a 100-hour health-based clinical placement.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits 

  • Planned placements at top organisations specialising in everything from cardiology to charitable work 
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as your stage one training 
  • Learn from experts in clinical health psychology, as well as visiting lecturers from a range of subjects. 
  • Study surrounded by the expertise and facilities of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social & Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre 

Description

Whether you have recently graduated from your psychology undergraduate degree, or you’ve been working in the field for years, this course equips you with a scientific and theoretical understanding of health psychology.  

As well as theory we help you develop your practical skills in clinical workshops. You’ll see those tools and techniques in action during your 100 hours of placement. Our extensive contacts mean we offer a range of options across the NHS, as well as other settings like healthcare companies and charities. 

You’ll have the chance to explore a topic in more depth in your research project. It’s a great opportunity to join a research group working on an ongoing study, using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods. Working in a team gives you a real flavour of academic research as a career. 

BPS Accreditation

The course is stage 1 accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) who highlighted four areas of particular strength:

1. The opportunity for students to undertake a placement that provides invaluable experiences for students and to gain professional skills which will benefit them in seeking employment.

2. The availability of personal support from the staff and the quality and timeliness of feedback on their assessments. 

3. The integration of the course with other health psychology provision and other applied psychologists in the region. 

4. Students are well prepared to undertake further professional training (stage 2) in health psychology as a result of their introduction to a range of therapeutic interventions and the process of conducting a systematic review. 

Teaching 

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical skills workshops, and a placement opportunity. 

The course is taught by leading academics from King’s, many with a research focus on treatments for patients with long term psychological conditions. Some of our teaching team are academic psychologists, and others are working clinically. You’ll benefit from the huge amount of experience within the faculty. 

We also bring in experts from other areas to lecture on specialist topics throughout the year.

Required Modules

Career prospects

We follow the structure set out by the BPS, so our course can lead directly on to stage two training if you aim to become a chartered health psychologist. 

But there are other options too. Many of our students go on to academic research, working towards a PhD. Others work in related areas of health care, using the knowledge they’ve gained to inform their practice.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of organisations including: 

  • St Martins 
  • Turning Point
  • Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists 
  • National University of Singapore 
  • University of Auckland 
  • NHS Scotland 

Visit the Health Psychology MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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