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Successfully completing the course provides you with the skills to progress onto Stage 2 Health Psychology training including the BPS accredited Doctoral Programme in Health Psychology, which confers eligibility for registration as a Practitioner Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

  • Meet the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Stage 1 requirements for progression to becoming a Health Psychologist.
  • Gain knowledge, skills, values and academic approach to secure employment or career development within a variety of health-related settings.
  • Choose to study full or part-time through active, independent learning.

‘I found the course really interesting and intellectually stimulating. I used the knowledge I gained during the MSc to design an intervention in the NHS Weight Management service. I am now piloting this intervention with patients - which is really exciting!’

Laura Wray, MSc Health Psychology, 2017 graduate

How you learn

The course content is based on the BPS core curriculum and includes introduction to research methods, health cognitions and behaviour, perspectives and contexts in health research and practice, psychobiological determinants of health, applications and practice of health psychology, client groups and stakeholders, research methods and measurement issues and a health psychology research project.

Modules mix traditional and online learning resources to enable a diverse range of students to study alongside employment and/or family commitments.

You learn through:

  • induction week
  • online study support
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • group work
  • laboratory sessions
  • problem solving
  • on-campus study day sessions
  • research conference
  • role play
  • peer assessment

Applied learning

This course aims to provide you with the ability to use your work or voluntary experience within a health-related setting to aid your learning and training. For example, work-based reflection is a core element of the healthcare contexts module and is designed to contribute to your continuing personal and professional development.

If you do not work in a health related setting, we have a careers workshop and a dedicated careers adviser who can help you find suitable employment or voluntary work. The course leadership team can also advise on what types of work will be suitable for your work-based reflection.

In the research project module we focus on developing the personal and academic skills needed to carry out research and importantly, to manage your research project, for example analytic skills, oral communication skills, and time planning skills.

You will use a Personal Development Plan (PDP) to store evidence of your progress and development in all modules and to reflect on your progress and plan actions to improve.

Specialist research seminars, delivered by members of the department and guest speakers are used to deepen knowledge and understanding of the course content.

All our courses are well supported by a comprehensive suite of career management services including interview training, and networking opportunities. We also have a week of dedicated focus on employability to give you early orientation to career opportunities.

We seek to encourage an atmosphere of supportiveness among our students where they feel comfortable if they need to ask for help, guidance or encouragement from tutors and peers. Indeed, we are committed to providing an environment of 'togetherness' where students and staff benefit from mutual learning experiences.

3. Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • psychology practitioner
  • psychology academic
  • public health
  • research
  • education
  • industry
  • health promotion

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus.

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Modules

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Compulsory modules:

  • Applications And Practice Of Health Psychology - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Client Groups And Stakeholders - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Health Cognitions And Behaviour - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Health Psychology Research Project - 60 credits - Coursework 
  • Healthcare Contexts: Work Based Reflection - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Introduction To Research Methods - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Perspectives, Contexts And Issues In Health Research And Practice - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Psychobiological Determinants Of Health - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Research Methods And Measurement Issues In Health Psychology - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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Visit the Health Psychology (MSc) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

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