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    Full time & Part time available

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    One year full-time, or flexible part-time study over two or three years

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  • Last Updated

    19 March 2019

Course content

Designed and delivered in collaboration with researchers and practitioners within the field, the Health Psychology course will give you the opportunity to explore the many ways in which psychology can be applied to an understanding of health and illness and to modern healthcare systems.

Health Psychology benefits from two distinctive strands especially pertinent to working as a contemporary health psychologist; social and cultural diversity and inter-professional relationships.

Course modules

The MSc consists of theoretical, work-related and research-based modules which are described below. Please note that ALL modules are compulsory for successful completion of the award and for recognition by the accrediting body. There are no optional modules

  • Theories and Perspectives in Health Psychology (15 credits) - explores the biopsychosocial model of health and evaluates the ways in which lifestyles and health-enhancing and health- compromising behaviours (such as exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption) impact on our well-being
  • Mind, Body and Health (15 credits)- investigates the ways in which mind and body interact to affect health, and also explores the role of personality factors and social support
  • Understanding and Managing Chronic Health Conditions (15 credits) - develops a detailed understanding of how living with a long-term health condition affects the individual, their caregivers and family members
  • Critical and International Perspectives on Health Psychology (15 credits) - integrates psychological and sociological perspectives to develop understanding of health and illness among disadvantaged communities in the UK and around the world
  • Psychology of Health and Food through The Lifespan (15 credits)- focuses on adaptive and maladaptive eating behaviours through the human lifespan
  • Health Psychology in Theory and Contemporary Practice (15 credits) - explores the theoretical perspectives that inform the work of modern day health psychologists and discusses how these are applied in practice. There is a particular focus on working in inter-professional and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis for Applied Psychologists (30 credits) - introduces you to a range of ways of collecting, analysing, and presenting research data
  • Advanced Applied Psychology Dissertation (60 credits) - is an independent research project in a health-related topic area of your choice

Teaching and assessment

Teaching typically includes lectures, group seminars and individual tutorials, You are encouraged to become an independent and proactive learner, and we will recommend reading and electronic resources for independent study to help develop the breadth and depth of your knowledge.

The majority of your studies will take place at the university but we also incorporate hospital and community-based learning experiences on your placement activities. There is a significant focus on developing skills that are transferable to a variety of careers and contexts on an international level.

Learning activities are designed to help you develop your teamwork, presentation and problem-solving skills, plus more traditional academic skills such as synthesis, evaluation and application. We also help you to develop your skills and understanding in professional areas such as ethics and reflective practice.

You will benefit from the support of a personal academic tutor, who you are encouraged to meet with regularly. We also offer a range of additional support services to help you develop the skills required for master’s level study.

Assessment includes project work, essays, critical and systematic literature reviews, problem-based activities, reflective writing and electronic-learning tasks. There is one formal unseen examination. Bespoke guidance materials are provided for all forms of assessment on the course.

Graduate careers

The Health Psychology course is designed to deliver a range of transferable skills and enhance your employability across a range of health and social care careers. Health psychology is an expanding area of global employment, with opportunities for graduates in hospitals, universities and community-based organisations.

Successful graduates can also progress on to doctoral study, including stage two training in Health Psychology or PhD or training to become a psychological well-being practitioner. There are also opportunities in the field of public health (in areas such as smoking cessation, weight management, safer-sex promotion). A full day of annual employability and enhancement events are held in February/March each year.

Visit the Health Psychology MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!




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