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Successful completion of this course fulfils stage one of the requirements towards Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and full membership of the Division of Health Psychology, if you hold Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

Our MSc Health Psychology received fantastic results in the 2019 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES):

  • 100% of our students are satisfied with the overall quality of the course
  • 100% of our students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating
  • 100% of our students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they teach

Accredited course

In our most recent accreditation visit we received six commendations from the BPS for our course. In particular, we were commended for:

  • Innovative health psychology focused assessments that are applied in nature and will benefit Stage Two training and future employment prospects
  • Support mechanisms (e.g. PDP and tutorials) that promote employability and transferable skills
  • Recognition of the importance of developing networking skills and attendance of the Midlands Health Psychology Network conference as part of the course
  • Commitment and enthusiasm of the teaching team to providing a supportive student experience within a student centred approach

Develop a deeper understanding of health psychology

This course will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the fundamental theoretical, empirical, and practical applications of health psychology.

Our MSc Health Psychology fulfils the standards of the British Psychological Society masters courses (Stage One training) in health psychology, which with subsequent completion of Stage Two training, equips you for practice as a registered health psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

How you will learn

You’ll be taught by a dedicated team of chartered, registered, and research-active psychologists who have expert knowledge of health psychology theory, practice, and research. As part of the course you’ll undertake your own research project, specialising in an area of health psychology that particularly interests you and that is relevant to your career aspirations.

Our MSc Health Psychology combines research-led teaching with an innovative portfolio of assessments to ensure you develop both the knowledge and transferable skills necessary for progression towards Stage Two training or directly into employment. Our focus on professional skills is a key feature of the course.

Health psychology graduates work in a range of settings across the NHS, industry, local authority, voluntary, and academic settings in the application of psychology to aspects of health, illness, and health care.

If you study this course on-campus full-time, you’ll attend the University two days a week. If you choose to study part-time, you’ll attend one day a week.


The programme is assessed via 100% coursework. Assessments are matched to the individual module learning outcomes, which are derived from the course aims and learning outcomes. All module assessments require critical reasoning and evaluation in order for students to meet learning outcomes.

Visit the Health Psychology (MSc) page on the University of Derby website for more details!





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