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This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides stage one of the professional training in Health Psychology. The course is intended for graduate students who wish to pursue professional careers in Psychology, and who seek to enhance their knowledge, skills and awareness of its applications to health and illness.
Health Psychology is developing rapidly in the UK, across Europe and internationally in response to the increase in non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. There is recognised need for a psychological approach to managing lifestyle choices and healthcare delivery to address the impact on health.
This programme was developed to provide flexible, innovative postgraduate training in health psychology. Our course was awarded six commendations from the BPS for course leadership, enthusiasm and support given to students, real world assessments, preparation of students for employment and stage two training, and a well resourced and supportive online learning environment.
Studying by distance learning allows you to learn around family and work committments at a time that suits you. The course is interactive and provides you with opportunities to engage with the learning materials and your fellow students in online discussions and chat sessions. This course will provide you with the knowledge base about how psychological theory is applied to our understanding of health and well-being, interventions used by health psychologists, research methods and professional practice. It provides the first stage of professional training to become a Registered Health Psychologist and has been running since 2010.
We were the first distance learning MSc in Health Psychology accrediteted by the BPS in the UK and we attract students from all over the world. You will be taught by a highly motivated group of registered health psychologists and chartered psychologists who are all research active and have links with a number of professional organisations including the Public Health Agency and Health Trusts. We are actively involved with the Division of Health Psychology at regional, national and international level.
You are expected to go into the online environment on a regular basis and engage with the learning material. Students are expected to contribute to online weekly activities within the modules and complete these within the weekly deadlines set. Attendance is monitored.
Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
This course is intended for graduate students in psychology who wish to pursue professional careers in Psychology, and who seek to enhance their knowledge, skills and awareness of its applications to health and illness. It also enhances independent learning, verbal and written communication skills, time management and research skills.
It is assumed that the majority of our graduates will seek to pursue a career as a professional psychologist and many will go on to complete stage two of the training required to become a registered health psychologist. However, the degree will prepare students for a range of careers in health and related disciplines and some may further their studies by completing a PhD.
Visit the Health Psychology - MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!