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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


    Social Work

  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    06 December 2018

Course content

Course overview

  • Learn about the psychological factors associated with physical and mental health issues and interventions at individual, group and population level.
  • Study at one of the top 10 universities in the UK for psychology, according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings.
  • Undergo advanced training in methodology and analysis techniques used within clinical and health psychology research.
  • Choose from full-time and part-time study options.
  • Staff from the Clinical Psychology Doctoral programme are actively involved in teaching and supervision.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £10,000 
  • International students (per annum): £23,000
  • MSc (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £5,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued.


Centenary scholarship

To celebrate over 100 years of psychology at Manchester, we are offering centenary scholarships on MSc programmes in the Division of Psychology & Mental Health. Scholarships worth £2,500 are available to students applying to the Clinical & Health Psychology MSc and Health Psychology MSc. To be eligible for these scholarships you will need to be a home/EU student and to have accepted a place on one of these courses starting in 2019. Recipients will be chosen by the respective course directors on a basis of academic excellence judged by grades and where applicable.

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • have graduated since 2013;
  • hold a first class or 2:1 honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 7.0, including 7.0 in the written section
  • TOEFL: 100, including 25 in the written section

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for information on the supporting documents we require.

Applications are assessed at periodic academic review panels. We have three deadlines: 7 January 2019, 23 April 2019 and 8 July 2019. We recommend you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Please note that the part-time option is only available to home/EU students. The full-time option is available to all.

Special features

From 2019, a number of additional interview places for the Clinical Psychology doctorate will be added for top performing students on the MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology who meet shortlisting criteria.

Research training

Learn about a broad range of methodology and analytic techniques used within clinical and health psychology research to prepare you for a potential research career.

Flexible learning

You can choose to study full-time or part-time, enabling you to fit learning around your other commitments.

Conference award scheme

We are keen to support our students' career development. As a student on this course you will be able to apply to our conference award scheme. The student with the best abstract will be awarded funding to attend a national conference where they can showcase their research. This is a great opportunity to develop your skills and network with others in the field.

Teaching and learning

Our course units are taught using a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based learning exercises, self-paced online training, student presentations and independent supervised study. You will learn first-hand from individuals who have experience of psychological and physical problems and interventions, giving you an invaluable insight into conditions.

You will be allocated a personal academic advisor who will support your academic and professional development.

You will work collaboratively with your supervisor(s) to produce a high quality dissertation using qualitative, quantitative or mixed research methods.

Coursework and assessment

We use a range of assessment methods, including exams, essays, presentations, poster conferences, case studies, practical reports and a dissertation.

Course unit details

You will take a combination of taught course units and a supervised research-based dissertation on a chosen topic relating to clinical or health psychology.

Key areas of the curriculum include:

  • evidence-based psychological interventions and therapies for mental and physical health problems
  • integrative theoretical approaches to psychological interventions and behaviour change
  • psychobiology of health and illness
  • sociocultural aspects of health
  • advanced research methodology, encompassing quantitative and qualitative analytic techniques.

Career opportunities

Our course is specifically designed for students who want to learn about both clinical and health psychology. However, it is also suitable if you wish to progress to a research career specialising in the science of psychology applied to clinical or health topics.

Career paths leading from the course include clinical psychology, research and academia, NHS service development and health policy making. Many students who complete the MSc go on to study for PhDs, or the Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Manchester and elsewhere.

See the British Psychological Society website for more information on training as a psychologist.

Visit the MSc Clinical and Health Psychology page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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