Health psychologists are interested in the psychological processes underlying health, illness and health care.
They seek to understand these processes and develop interventions that enable people to maintain good health and avoid illness, as well as improve outcomes for people with health conditions and improve the experience of undergoing diagnostic and health care processes.
Our MSc in Health Psychology is designed for students interested in a career in health psychology and has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
On successful completion of a BPS accredited MSc in Health Psychology, students who hold BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership can continue to Stage 2 training to become Psychologists with the BPS and to become registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Health Psychologists.
Our course will provide a strong grounding in:
-Key theories in health psychology and how to apply them
-Current approaches to changing health-related behaviour at individual, population and regulatory levels
-The interaction between psychological processes (cognitions, emotions, behaviour) and disease and illness
-The ways in which social-cultural factors contribute to health
-Advanced research methods and analysis techniques in both quantitative and qualitative research
-The role and scope of health psychology within academic and health care settings
The University of Manchester has recently formed the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology , with the appointment of new staff adding to the already strong group of health psychologists at the University.
Teaching and learning
Teaching on the course is largely delivered through face-to-face interactive sessions consisting of some lecture material with discussions and group work, as well as with a range of audio-visual stimuli.
All course units are supported by the use of Blackboard (a virtual learning environment) on which staff post lecture slides, reading lists and other accompanying material.
Each course unit on Blackboard also has its own discussion board, where students 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 module (60 credits), where students 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
A wide range of assessments are used in this programme, including:
-The dissertation (in the format of a paper prepared for publication in a scientific journal)
-Oral presentation (unit: Health Behaviour Change)
-Poster presentation (Dissertation)
-Systematic review (Illness and Health Care)
-Case report (Facilitating Change 1)
-Portfolio of tasks (Health and Society)
-Research poster and writing for a lay audience (Dissertation)
-Essays, and examinations
-A reflective log, in which you will reflect on your learning and development as you progress along the course (Professional Issues)
-You will also be required to prepare a CV and application for a job or further training, providing you with the opportunity to gain feedback on the way you present yourself to maximise employability or progression to further training at the end of the course (Professional Issues)
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).
In addition, all students will be allocated a supervisor for the dissertation (60 credits), a unit that runs for the full year (students are also expected to work on the dissertation over the summer). The dissertation consists of an independent piece of research.