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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    January, September

  • Course Duration

    1 Year

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

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

  • Last Updated

    30 July 2018

Course content


Bridging the gap between medicine and psychology, the course focuses on understanding the behavioural processes around health and sickness. This programme will allow students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for research and practice as a Health Psychologist. The programme covers a wide-range of approaches, from advanced research methods, through to a working and evidence-based knowledge of behaviour change interventions, and has an embedded placement in an applied setting.

What you study

Over the course of the programme, you will develop a strong knowledge base and skill-set appropriate for professional practice in Health Psychology. You’ll learn to analyse, debate, discuss and devise behaviour change interventions for use in primary, secondary and community care. We encourage independence in design and analysis of research, allowing you to develop your skills towards becoming an autonomous researcher, with an increased awareness of the practical reality of working in practice.

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 six-month 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

Much like our undergraduate programme, this course will adopt a personalised teaching style built on creating relationships between students and staff. All modules use a tutorial style of teaching, in which students are taught weekly in groups of 7 or fewer, allowing for regular quality contact time with your lecturer. It is through this method that students can achieve excellence in their qualification in a supportive environment.

The course is delivered by a team of experts with wide-ranging research, consulting and practice expertise. There are also contributions from practitioners working in the fields of research, consultancy, and NHS practice.

How you are assessed

All modules are assessed by a combination of two assignments. Assignments differ according to the module requirements, but include a variety of assessment styles over the programme including traditional essays and examinations, poster presentation, 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 as a Trainee Health Psychologist. 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


The MSc programme provides you with the skills to pursue a PhD and the course team have the expertise to supervise a broad range of Health Psychology topics. Additionally, our MSc Health Psychology also opens doors for other areas of applied psychology by enhancing your application for doctoral-level training. This is particularly true for the Clinical Psychology doctorate, where the cross-over between Health and Clinical Psychology makes a candidate with Masters-level training in Health Psychology appealing.


British Psychological Society accreditation for the MSc programme is currently underway, and is expected to be pre-approved in Summer 2018. 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, Chartered Health Psychologist status, and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Accreditation will be backdated to January 2018 once approved. 

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




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