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MSc in Health Psychology

Course Description

The MSc Health Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society as Stage 1 training to become a Chartered Psychologist. We have recognized Stage 2 supervisors at Aston to take you on to Stage 2 training should you wish once you have graduated from the MSc. The programme involves six 20 credit modules on: advanced research methodology (quantitative and qualitative), health behaviours, illness processes and behaviour, health inequalities and professional issues and applications. It also involves a 60 credit empirical research project. There is a range of staff expertise at Aston meaning that students do a range of qualitative and quantitative research projects often in applied settings such as the NHS, schools, and places of work.

Further details of how to become a Chartered Psychologist are available from the British Psychological Society website (http://www.bps.org.uk). You may also be interested in reading about to register on the Health Professions Council register, which is a legal requirement to practise Psychology in the UK (http://www.hpc-uk.org/).

Visit the MSc in Health Psychology page on the Aston University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Elaine Fernandes

Having studied at Aston University for my undergraduate degree, it was the natural choice when looking to study a Masters. I chose to do Health Psychology because the course is accredited by the BPS and provides stage 1 training towards chartered health psychology status. I chose to stay at Aston purely because I know how dedicated and supportive the staff are. Aston also has a helpful and friendly careers service, giving great advice. The programme staff have active links with research, NHS and health organisations which gives key insight into various job prospects that health psychology can lead to. In addition the MSc really enhances your research skills and provides great resources for applying knowledge. My favourite part of the course was the lectures lead by health professionals who currently work in the field. It gives lots of opportunity to ask literally anything about areas of research, careers and to understand first-hand how theory applies in practice.

I’ve met some amazing individuals and built life-long friendships; and it’s the people that shape the best memories I have of Aston.


Ferguson Foundation Scholarship - 7 Awards

The scholarships are available to students applying to on campus programmes offered in the School of Life & Health Sciences. The Ferguson Scholarships apply to the following programmes:MSc in Biomedical Sciences
MSc Molecular Biotechnology
MSc Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
MSc Health and Disease
MSc in Drug Delivery
MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences
MSc in Pharmacokinetics
MSc in Pharmacology
MSc in Health Psychology
MRes in Cognitive Neurosciences If successful, you will receive a scholarship of approximately £12,000 towards the cost of your MSc course fees. You will have to contribute £3,000 (approx) towards your MSc tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Between £9,000 and £12,000


The School of Life & Health Sciences is offering 7 scholarships to students from Africa and South America. Scholarships are supported by the Ferguson Foundation which is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students who would not otherwise be able to consider study in the UK.

Application Procedure

To be considered you must fulfill the following:

Be a National from an African or South American country and submit a concise 1,000-1,500 word essay explaining how you and your home country will benefit from the skills and knowledge you will acquire in the MSc course you have applied for.

You must be in receipt of an offer for one of the above programmes prior to applying for the scholarship.

Once you have received your offer you can send your scholarship application to

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants with a good honours degree, usually 2.1 or above, that confers eligibility for Graduate Basis Recognition of the British Psychological Society (BPS) will be considered.

Course Fees

£6300 for UK/EU and £13,800 for International students

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