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Overview

This course combines the application of psychological theory and research to help you improve healthcare delivery in the modern day.

While studying with us, you'll draw on theory from multiple perspectives including cognitive, social, clinical and health psychology.

Areas you'll explore more in-depth include:

  • obesity
  • medical error
  • behaviour change and psychological wellbeing
  • impact of new health interventions
  • the effects of multidisciplinary teamwork in healthcare
  • concerns of healthcare delivery such as patient safety, government policy and economics

This rich course draws on many levels of analysis, aspects of psychological theory, research, practice and policy.

On this course, you'll be taught and supervised by subject experts at the forefront of current research; actively publishing in their areas of expertise.

This gives you the opportunity to learn from those currently working with the NHS, industry, and charities to improve health outcomes.

We offer high quality research-led teaching and you’ll be actively encouraged to engage in ongoing research. Much of this research is collaborative with government departments, research councils, the NHS and industry.

We offer a lively learning environment with modern facilities for teaching and research, which aims to produce graduates equipped with current knowledge and the ability to apply this to key health issues.

Course content

The modules you study initially lay firm foundations for your later study and dissertation. You’ll consolidate your research skills and consider the broader issues in psychological approaches to health.

Later modules introduce a unique combination of applied perspectives.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Psychological Approaches to Health MSc in the course catalogue

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Research Issues in Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Systematic Review
  • Health Behaviour Change: Theories, Methods and Interventions
  • Theory and Intervention in Food and Nutrition
  • MSc Research Project
  • Psychology of Patient Safety

Learning and teaching

The course incorporates a range of teaching methods including workshops, presentations, problem solving approaches and small group discussions, alongside traditional lecture and seminar formats.

We expect our students to spend the remainder of their study time in independent learning, guided by reading lists and assessments.

Assessment

Innovative forms of assessment such as online group work, short reports, individual and group presentations and case studies sit alongside exams and essays to extend the repertoire of students' skills.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

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This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

 If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

The selection process for taught postgraduate courses is primarily based on the past and predicted academic performance of the applicants.

We also consider applicants’ motivation and enthusiasm to continue their studies in psychology

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Fees

  • UK/EU: £9,250 (total)
  • International: £22,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

School of Psychology support

The School offers a bursary of £1,000 towards fees to one UK/EU student on the masters course. There is no application process for this award. For more information, please contact Louise Gill, our MSc Course Administrator.

All students who pay fees at the international rate are offered £2,000 towards fees if they do not have any other source of funding.

Career opportunities

The majority of our former students have gone on to work in healthcare, as assistant psychologists, research assistants and clinical psychologists. Others have developed careers in training departments, health promotion and health and safety roles in both public and private sectors.

A substantial proportion of our students further develop their research interests and academic careers by choosing to study for a PhD.


Visit the Psychological Approaches to Health MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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