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Health Psychology MSc

Course Description

This BPS accredited MSc, is intended for graduate psychologists who want to go on to obtain BPS recognition as a charted health psychologist. This programme combines classroom teaching, individual study, and practical work in statistics, supervised research project and a 100hr health based clinical placement.

Key benefits

- Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

- Pioneers of postgraduate training in this discipline since 1987

- Leading research centre in clinical health psychology

- Collaborations within many NHS services across King's Health Partners

- Visiting lecturers who are world class in their fields

- Access to first class dedicated facilities

- 100 hour supervised placement opportunities within the NHS, 3rd section and industry

- Small class sizes

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/health-psychology-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

This full-time programme combines classroom teaching, individual study, practical work in statistics and a supervised research project as well as compulsory participation in a 100hr organised clinical work-based placement.

- Course purpose -

The programme provides up to date and thorough grounding in the theories, concepts and empirical findings in Health Psychology. We also provide formal training in quantitative and qualitative research methods so that students are able to evaluate, plan and conduct research. Clinical Placements provide the opportunity to observe health psychology in practice and to learn basic clinical skills. This MSc prepares students for a subsequent research degree or professional training in Health Psychology (i.e. PhD and/or BPS Stage 2 training in Health Psychology). We aim to equip students with the skills to apply the scientific and theoretical basis of Health Psychology using scholarly and critical approaches.

- Course format and assessment -

Assessment of coursework including: Systematic review, research protocol, qualitative & quantitative data analysis, critical reviews, placement report, essays, written examinations and a research project on an approved topic, (and oral examination, at the examiners discretion).

Career prospects

Continue to complete BPS Stage 2 and practise as a Health Psychologist in clinical settings, Research Assistants, PhD study, jobs in behaviour relevant to health, illness and health care delivery e.g. smoking cessation adviser, 3rd sector.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Health Psychology MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)


4662.jpg "I enjoyed every minute of this programme and really appreciated the fact that we had specialist lecturers in all of our subjects. I was able to speak about future careers with a vast array of professionals."


Entry Requirements

A psychology degree (minimum 2:1) accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Students who are applying from outside the UK, or who do not have a BPS accredited Bachelors degree in Psychology, must check with the BPS to see if the qualify for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). To apply for GBC, download the form at View Website. The application process should take two to three weeks. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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