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MSc Health Psychology

Course Description

This course is for students who want to study how psychology helps us understand health-related behaviours, and how it can have a positive impact on wellbeing.

It forms stage one of the training you need to become a charted psychologist member of the Division of Health Psychology within the BPS.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/health-psychology

Course detail

• Study important topics facing society such as obesity, lifestyle and stress, and examine them from the viewpoint of staff currently researching these topics
• Explore the explicit links between scientific theory and practice by showing how a critical understanding of theory may guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data within a given context
• Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems, and acquire new insights into the theory and practice of health psychology
• Gain a high level of knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods that will allow you to perform complex data analysis, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis, and develop your competence in a range of techniques including multivariate analyses
• Benefit from the development of a strong sense of personal responsibility and professionalism that will enable you to practise or conduct research within ethical guidelines.


• Advanced Research Methods for Health Psychology
• Perceptions and Actions
• Lifestyle and Individual Differences
• Public Health
• Health Psychology in Context
• Mechanisms of Health and Disease
• Stress, Coping and Chronic Disease
• Professional Skills for Health psychologists
• Dissertation (Health Psychology)


The assessment strategy reflects the academic rigour expected of a BPS accredited MSc degree.

The assessments are designed to test your academic knowledge, oral and written skills, use of literature using primary and secondary sources, critical analysis of ideas, connections made between theory, practice, real life situations and the understanding and application of professional values, to include ethical issues as detailed by the BPS.

The ability to engage in research at a high level and to analyse data using advanced statistical techniques are assessed as these are important skills for forensic psychologists as well as important in many employment settings. Communication skills are assessed through videotaped role play as these are very important in any career. The ability to analyse and understand issues and apply theory to practice are assessed through a consultancy brief.


The success of our MSc programme is represented in the successful careers of our previous students.

In previous years, a number of students have gained PhDs. Others have entered jobs that include: smoking cessation co-ordinator for an NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT), Shared Care support worker, Research Assistant in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Health Psychologist in Specialist Obesity Services, Lecturer in Health Psychology, Academic Researcher, Assistant working in the Clinical Health Psychology Unit of a General Hospital, Psychological Well-being Worker.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MSc Health Psychology page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Calista Strange BSc (Hons) & MSc Health Psychology graduate & Clinical Quality Facilitator

The courses and dissertations were challenging but this was significantly outweighed by how interesting and rewarding the courses were. I really enjoyed the experimental sessions, for example measuring physiological responses and examining psychometric tests (quantitative tests for the measurement of psychological variables).

The BSc and MSc were very enjoyable, challenging courses and the University is accredited by the British Psychological Society which means that you can achieve eligibility for Graduate Basis for Recognition status.

The staff members were incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. The courses armed me with the necessary qualifications and skills to work towards my career goals.

(Student Profile)

Erica Cook

This course gave me a good grounding to progress on to my PhD.

I like how the assessment points were varied, making the learning experience more rewarding. The staff were excellent and fully supportive throughout the course.

I have gained key skills in the areas of research and teaching. It was an excellent course. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Health Psychology.


Entry Requirements

To be admitted to the course you are normally required- to have attained at least a second class honours degree in psychology- to provide evidence of the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).Students from the European Union and International students:As a general guide, to apply for a place on the course you need to have met the above requirements and the Universitys English language requirements.

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