Specifically designed for health professionals, students with a health-related academic background or graduates from other disciplines who want to pursue a career in primary mental health, this course will equip you with a range of managerial skills and clinical knowledge.
You will also develop an understanding of the main models and theories in the field of occupational and health psychology, gain insights into the relationship between psychology and other disciplines in the human sciences, and deepen your knowledge of the research skills required by people working in a practice setting.
Why choose this course?
• Study advanced communication and counselling skills, learn to assess the needs of patients and clients in primary care settings, and discover how to meet the training and development needs of other professionals who work in health settings • Explore the role of psychology in health contexts and other work environments, and see how psychologists work in relation to other areas of applied psychology and other professional groups • Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the different theoretical and methodological approaches relevant to perceptions and behaviour related to health and mental health • Gain skills in sophisticated research methods, statistical analysis techniques and the reporting of results using both quantitative and qualitative methods • Benefit from advanced management skills and acquire the ability to take on highly responsible health-based administrative roles.
This course encompasses both psychology and aspects of human resource management coverings important issues in health psychology and organisations such as occupational health, psychometric assessment and stress. This curriculum also addresses the guidelines for the mental health related health and safety initiative by the Health and Safety Society (HAS).
The course deals with a range of topics in health psychology and aspects of management taught by published researchers in the field.
• Research Method for Health Psychology • Lifestyle and Individual Differences • Occupational Health Psychology • Managing People • Psychological Assessment • Stress, Coping and Chronic Disease • Mental Health • Psychological Interventions • Dissertation
The assessments are directly related to the kinds of skills expected of health professionals showing an understanding of human behaviour and psychology, but also to skills useful in work environments and corporate settings.
Report and proposal writing, critical article reviews and the dissertation help to develop not only skills of accessing and using knowledge gained from primary and secondary sources, but also to critically evaluate the work of others, as well as self-criticism and communicating your ideas.
You are also required to develop practical skills for a number of professional settings such as addressing cases in human resource management, or writing executive reports for a psychometric manual to be communicated to a CEO or other managers, as well as learning to administer psychometric tests in a non-biased way.
The success of our MSc programme is represented in the successful careers of our previous students. In previous years, a number of students have applied or gained PhDs from number of universities including the University of Bedfordshire. Others have entered jobs that include: university academic researcher (including Cambridge University), managerial post in an NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT), Care Support Worker, Health Advisor in Turning Point working for Probation Services, IAPT post in Primary Care, Well-being Worker and Mental Health Advisor to the UK Health Ministry.