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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    January, September

  • Course Duration

    1 Year

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    £8,020 (Home), £15,152 (International)

  • Last Updated

    05 November 2018

Course content

Overview

Bridging the gap between medicine and psychology, our course focuses on understanding the behavioural processes around health and sickness, and is one of the only MScs in this subject to offer a compulsory 18-week placement. Our MSc Health Psychology programme is designed to allow students to develop knowledge and skills across all of the main areas of health psychology to postgraduate level. We cover a wide-range of topics, from advanced research methods, through to a working and evidence-based knowledge of health psychology approaches, theories, models and interventions. 

What you study

You will develop a strong knowledge base and core transferable skills. You will learn to analyse, debate, discuss and devise behaviour change interventions for use in primary, secondary and community care. You’ll become autonomous in the design and analysis of research, and develop skills towards becoming an independent researcher. You’ll develop an awareness of the practical reality of working in applied settings before going on to perfect those skills in our embedded placement. All of this will provide you with a solid foundation for further study and/or employment in a variety of areas, including PhDs, research assistantships, and further training.

Course structure

This is a one year, full-time programme accepting students in both September and January. Alongside the taught modules, there will be opportunities for you to gain practical work experience from our embedded 18-week placement. Taught modules include:

  • Context & Communication in Health Psychology
  • Health Behaviour, Cognitions & Interventions
  • Managing Chronic Illness: Healthcare and Professional Settings
  • Professional Issues in Health Psychology
  • Physiological and Psychosomatic Disease Processes
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Dissertation in Health Psychology 

How you learn

We adopt a personalised teaching style built on creating outstanding working relationships between students and staff. All modules use a tutorial style of teaching, in which students are taught every week, on every module in groups of 7 or fewer, allowing for regular high quality contact time with your tutor. It is through this method that students can achieve excellence in their qualification in a supportive environment.

You will work with tutors with wide-ranging expertise across research, consulting and applied settings, including spinal cord injury, pain, social support, sexual & reproductive health, and health in vulnerable populations.

How you are assessed

All modules are assessed by a combination of two-three assignments. Assignments differ according to the module requirements, but include a variety of assessment styles over the programme including traditional essays and examinations, poster presentations, critical reflections and role plays. You will conduct a systematic review and apply legal and ethical practice frameworks to a case you have come across in your work on placement, reflecting your skills and development. Your dissertation is written in format for submission to a journal, allowing you to aim to publish your work quickly and easily with support from your supervisor. Previous students have conducted their dissertation on topics including: 

  • Investigating the impact of exercise programmes in schools
  • Understanding the psychological impact of isolation in spinal cord injury
  • Assessment of care pathways for people in secure mental health and forensic hospitals
  • Understanding the barriers to mindfulness

Employability

Applied psychologists can be found in settings such as hospitals, universities, government, local authorities, communities, schools and in private practice. They may work in conjunction with healthcare agencies such as NHS Trusts and health authorities. Alternatively you may decide to pursue a career in research, in which case universities and charities are the main employers.

Working as a Chartered Psychologist requires a doctoral level qualification. After your MSc Health Psychology, you might decide to stay on with us to study your PhD. You can find out more about our research degree programmes here.

Accreditation

British Psychological Society accreditation for the MSc programme is currently underway. Once this is achieved, the course will be officially recognised as providing Stage I training, a pre-requisite for Stage II training in Health Psychology, and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Find out more here: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/research/chr

Website Link for Course: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/sciences/msc/health-psychology


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

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