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Health Psychology (MSc)

Course Description

MSc in Health Psychology

(~ 10-12 students per year)

This programme is suitable for graduate psychologists who wish to apply theoretical knowledge from their initial degree into a qualification that can launch them into a career of health psychology working for a health care provider, or into health-related research.
• The opportunity for placements in clinical settings.
• Students will participate in 12 placement visits and will be required to meet travel costs of approximately £120.
• Taught in collaboration with NHS Fife and with the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.
• The course covers all topics required in the recommended curriculum, utilising a variety of novel methods of teaching and assessment.
• For further information: http://medicine.st-andrews.ac.uk/postgraduate/msc/

The main aim of this accredited programme is to provide Stage 1 Professional Training for Chartered Health Psychologist status (see http://www.health-psychology.org.uk ) with the British Psychological Society ( http://www.bps.org.uk ). This is achieved through the provision of a detailed theoretical understanding of the health psychology literature and issues within the field associated with the attainment and maintenance of health, including a detailed focus on health behaviour.

The programme also provides you with the statistical and methodological skills necessary to undertake research in health psychology. Upon successful completion, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to embark on your Stage 2 training or to facilitate research at MPhil or PhD level.

Teaching and assessment methods

Includes a variety of teaching methods (e.g. practical tasks, e-collaboration and discussion) delivered through tutorials, seminars, individual supervision, computer exercises and presentation/observation. Assessment approaches include thesis, peer-assessment, written assignments and presentations.

The staff-student ratio is favourable and we have active researchers contributing to the field of health psychology and are in touch with major developments of progress in the field.

Assistance with fees and funding

The University provides support in a limited number of cases (dependent upon eligibility). For details see: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/taught/

In addition, a limited number of dedicated bursaries may be available from local NHS services requiring a single day per week commitment. These may vary from year-to-year.
Some assisted places sponsored by SFC are available (fee waiver and/or additional expenses).


Career prospects for graduates of the MSc in Global Health Implementation include practical/clinical, policy, and academic positions. The job market is competitive and additional international experience is often very appealing to employers. Students enrolled on the MSc Health Psychology go on to employment opportunities in the NHS Psychological or Public Health Services or join health services research programmes. Some individuals go on to the Stage 2 qualification route to become qualified Chartered Psychologists of Health Psychology or obtain a studentship for a health-related PhD programme.

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

Entry Requirements

Our minimum academic requirement for entry to most programmes is a 2:1 degree classification from a recognised UK university or the equivalent in a subject-related area.

Course Fees

2017/18: Home/EU £7,500; Overseas £20,370

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