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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

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  • Last Updated

    12 December 2018

Course content

Course overview

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • Begin training as a health psychologist through our BPS-accredited Stage 1 course, enabling you to continue to Stage 2 training upon graduation.
  • Study at one of the top 10 universities in the UK for psychology, according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings.
  • Take a course that has been commended by the BPS for approachable and enthusiastic staff and innovative assessments.
  • Learn from experts at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology.
  • Study alongside students on our MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology in Semester 1.


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.


There are 8 bursaries of £2,000 each for MSc Health Psychology students. To be eligible for these scholarships you will need to be a home/EU student and to have accepted a place on the course starting 2019.

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 of £2,500 are available to students applying to the Clinical & Health Psychology MSc and Health Psychology MSc.

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.

Entry requirements

English language

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

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

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

See further information about requirements for your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

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

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

Advice to applicants

When applying, you must send us two academic references and detailed academic transcripts, and also outline an idea for an original research project within the area of health psychology that has not been previously conducted (max 250 words). This need not be a project that you would undertake within an MSc, but is intended to demonstrate your ability to identify a research question and appropriate methodology.

We have three deadlines: 7 January 2019, 23 April 2019 and 8 July 2019.

How your application is considered

Applicants will be rated on the following criteria:

  • a good first degree in psychology (at least Upper Second);
  • the academic style of your research proposal, including the ability to identify a reasonable research question within the field of health psychology and translate this into a research project using an appropriate methodology.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through face-to-face interactive sessions consisting of some lecture material with discussions and group work, as well as audio-visual stimuli.

All course units are supported by the use of Blackboard (a virtual learning environment) through which you can access lecture slides, reading lists and other accompanying material.

Each course unit on Blackboard also has its own discussion board, where you can post questions and interact with staff and other students on the course.

A significant amount of teaching and learning will take place through the dissertation unit (60 credits), where you will be expected to take a lead role in developing a research project with regular support, input, and mentorship from their project supervisor.

Coursework and assessment

We use a wide range of methods to assess your progress on the course, including:

  • the dissertation (in the format of a paper prepared for publication in a scientific journal);
  • oral presentations;
  • poster presentations;
  • systematic reviews;
  • case reports;
  • portfolio of tasks;
  • research poster and writing for a lay audience;
  • essays and examinations;
  • a reflective log, in which you will reflect on your learning and development as you progress along the course.

Course unit details

Full-time students will take four 15-credit taught units in each of Semester 1 and Semester 2. Two of these units will be taught on Mondays, the other two on Thursdays. Part-time students will take two taught units each year of their studying (such that they will be expected to attend classes on one day of the week each year).

Note: we are aware that you may have other commitments outside of the MSc (eg employment) and we fit teaching into two days of the week to help you to manage multiple commitments. However, this is an intensive, demanding course, so you need to make sure that you are able to fit in full-time (or part-time) studying hours around external commitments.

Semester 1:

  • Research Methods 1
  • Professional Issues
  • Facilitating Change (Part 1)
  • Health and Society

Semester 2:

  • Research Methods 2
  • Mind and Body
  • Health Behaviour Change
  • Illness and Healthcare

Career opportunities

Health psychologists work in a range of settings including academia, health authorities and the NHS. Find out more about health psychology careers on the BPS website .

Our MSc also provides a strong grounding in health psychology and research skills, producing students who are strong candidates for roles or training in research (eg PhD study). Find out more about research careers in psychology on the BPS website .

Accrediting organisations

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which has commended various aspects of the course.

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




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