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Course content

This programme applies psychological theory and research to improve health and healthcare delivery.

We draw on theories derived from cognitive, social, clinical and health psychology. Approaches studied are informed by research methodologies that provide an evidence base for their implementation. Issues addressed at the individual level include obesity, medical error, behaviour change and psychological wellbeing. At group level, the interactions of different professional groups, impacts of new health interventions and the effects of multidisciplinary teamwork are examined. Concerns at the healthcare delivery level include evidence-based practice, patient safety, government policy and economics.

This rich programme draws on many levels of analysis, aspects of psychological theory, research, practice and policy. You’ll be taught by subject experts, who actively research and publish in their area, and work with the NHS, food industry, charities and other organisations to improve health outcomes.

The School of Psychology is a large and thriving department which has expanded rapidly over the last five years. There are now over 70 members of academic, research and support staff, including nine professors. 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

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Research Methods 20 credits
  • Systematic Review 25 credits
  • Understanding, Predicting and Changing Health Behaviours 20 credits
  • Theory and Intervention in Food and Nutrition 20 credits
  • MSc Research Project 60 credits
  • Psychology of Patient Safety 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Psychological Approaches to Health MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The programme incorporates a range of teaching methods including workshops, presentations, problem solving approaches and small group discussions, as well as the more traditional lecture and seminar formats. We expect 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.

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.

Careers support

The School of Psychology organises several careers events throughout your time at Leeds. You’ll also have a personal tutor, who’ll offer support through our Leeds for Life approach.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


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

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