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About the course


The MSc in Health Psychology was developed in 2003. This course is approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for accreditation towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and can be undertaken on either a full-time or part-time basis.

The course will be of interest to those wishing to pursue a career as a professional health psychologist or to those with an interest in the psychological concomitants of physical health. Future career opportunities for health psychologists are increasing and are available in the NHS, in industry and in academic settings.

Chartered psychologist status

The accredited MSc in Health Psychology will provide the first step towards Chartered Psychologist status for students who are eligible to hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with

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Entry Requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) recognised as providing graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society; English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).


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Course Content

Where is University of Nottingham


Student Profile(s)

Sarah Grant

2888.jpg Sarah graduated in 2012 and went on to work as a clinical trial co-ordinator at The University of Nottingham.

"I did a module in health psychology during my undergraduate degree in psychology and enjoyed it more than any other area (also I got my best ever mark in it too!) so I decided to do the MSc in Health Psychology.

The course was very interesting and current, I felt it had the right amount of teaching and support without being as directive as an undergraduate degree - therefore this enabled us to have our own ideas and thoughts within a guiding framework. It was also well organised, the lectures and lecturers were interesting, inspiring and fun.

After I graduated, I began work as a clinical trial coordinator and follow up coordinator in the Division of Stroke at the University of Nottingham. It involves overseeing the set up, management and maintenance of a number of cutting edge trials in stroke medicine. It also involves patient contact as I complete a lot of the patient cognitive, mood and functioning tests following a patient’s participation in a trial.

I enjoyed the course hugely - I made lifelong friends and learnt a lot - and it has led me to a job in an area I am really interested in. If you want to do a MSc that is interesting, inspiring and useful for your future career than this is the one for you!"

Sophie Dawson

"I graduated in December 2017 with an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on this course and found it to be a really interesting, well-organised and rewarding course in which I learned a great deal. I particularly enjoyed conducting an applied research project at the end of the MSc on a topic area of my choice, as well as learning about theories of behaviour change and adherence.

I'm proud to now work for the NHS as Local Lead for System Optimisation, Behaviour Change and Quality Improvement for a National Innovation Programme. This role involves delivering the national CFHealthHub programme, supporting patients with cystic fibrosis to adhere to nebuliser treatments using evidence-based behaviour change techniques which I learned about on the MSc. It's great to be working in a role that applies health psychology theories and models with research in an applied setting. I wouldn't have gotten the job if I hadn't done the MSc, so I feel very fortunate to have landed on my feet with such a relevant job in the public sector."

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