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Course content

Successfully completing this course allows you to progress onto stage two of the British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification in health psychology or a BPS-accredited doctoral programme in health psychology. Successfully completing stage two confers eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a health psychologist.

We designed the course to give you the knowledge, skills, values and academic approach to improve your work and study in health psychology.

You learn to

  • critically evaluate and apply different approaches, theories and models to health-related issues
  • develop in-depth knowledge and advanced skills related to the design, implementation and evaluation of health-related research
  • apply problem solving strategies to complex professional scenarios
  • critically reflect on your practice, planning and personal development

You will use your work or voluntary experience from 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 development.

If you do not work in a health related setting once you have started the course then 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.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Course structure

Online and class-based study

Full-time – one year

Part-time – typically one day per month for two years

On campus study

This is a blended learning course that combines online learning with on-campus study days. Full-time students attend a block week on campus at the course start in September, plus 9 days across 9 months (October-June), usually on a Friday in the middle of the month.

Part-time students attend the first three days of the block week at the course start in September, and up to 20 days across 24 months.

Modules

  • Applications and practice of health psychology
  • Client groups and stakeholders
  • Healthcare contexts: work-based reflection
  • Health cognitions and behaviour
  • Health psychology research project
  • Introduction to research methods
  • Perspectives, contexts and issues in health research and practice
  • Psychobiological determinants of health
  • Research methods and measurement issues in health psychology

Assessment

  • essays
  • research reports
  • health needs assessment
  • ongoing reflection by personal development portfolio
  • research project

Employability

Health psychologists work in a variety of areas where they identify issues that can affect our health and wellbeing. They provide tailored interventions to address individual, group and community needs.

After successfully completing the course, you can progress onto stage two of the British Psychological Society's (BPS) qualification in health psychology or a BPS-accredited doctoral programme in health psychology. Successfully completing stage two confers eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a health psychologist.

The skills and knowledge you develop can also be used within health or in the wider area of psychology including • research • education • industry • health promotion. This qualification can open or progress career opportunities for you inside and outside the traditional health services.


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

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