Our Health Psychology MSc has been designed to provide an opportunity for you to explore the many ways in which psychology can be applied to an understanding of health and illness, and applied to modern healthcare systems.
•As well as focusing on a range of theories, models and studies within the discipline, the course benefits from two distinctive strands which are especially pertinent to working as a contemporary health psychologist – namely a focus on social and cultural diversity and inter-professional relationships •There is detailed coverage of social and cultural diversity, using psychology to tackle health inequalities, inter-professional relationships and eating behaviours across the lifespan •The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which commended the programme in May 2011 on the quality of its student support, quality management of practitioner input, research methods training, range of assessments, links with local communities and services and the development of inter-professional skills •Appeals to graduates that have completed a relevant undergraduate degree and are looking to further their study, as well as professionals looking to enhance their career opportunities
The MSc is made up of theoretical, vocational and research-based modules which together make up 180 credits of study. The modules you can expect to study are all 15 credits, unless otherwise stated:
• Theories and Perspectives in Health Psychology • Mind, Body and Health • Understanding and Managing Chronic Health Conditions • Health Inequalities, Diversity and Social Inclusion • Psychology of Health and Food Through The Lifespan • Health Psychology in Theory and Contemporary Practice • Research Methods and Data Analysis for Applied Psychologists • Advanced Applied Psychology Dissertation (Health) - This latter module is taken at the end of the programme and involves students developing and carrying out an original piece of qualitative or quantitative research under the guidance of an experienced health psychologist.
Full time students will attend the university for two full days a week. Variable for part-time students depending on the duration of their studies.
Students will have a personal academic tutor whom you are encouraged to meet with regularly. His or her role is to provide you with individualised support throughout your time with us. You will undertake a variety of assessments including project work, essays and literature reviews, problem-based activities and electronic-learning tasks. Bespoke guidance materials are provided for all forms of assessment on the course.