This Liverpool John Moores University
's MSc in Health Psychology meets the Stage 1 training requirement for BPS accreditation. The course has a strong emphasis on psychological investigation and exploring ethical issues.
-Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
-Fully accredited by the British Psychological Society for Stage 1 Training in Health Psychology
-Academic team includes Health Psychologists registered with the BPS and HCPC and RAPPS Approved Supervisors for trainees continuing onto the BPS Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology or the LJMU Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology
-Teaching is via small groups which means you can expect a high level of academic and pastoral support set within a friendly and informal atmosphere
-Access to world-class facilities in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building
The primary goal of health psychology as a discipline is to contribute to the understanding of how physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual factors influence health and illness within a sociocultural framework.
Recent advances in psychological, medical, and physiological research have led to new ways of thinking about health and illness. This conceptualises health and illness as the product of a combination of factors. The research includes: biological characteristics such as genetic predisposition; behavioural factors such as lifestyle, stress, health beliefs; and social conditions such as cultural influences, family relationships and social support.
The specific programme aims include:
providing an academically rigorous framework through which students can study scientifically the psychological processes involved in health, illness and health care with reference to the application of psychology for:
the promotion and maintenance of health
the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy formation
the prevention of illness and the enhancement of wellbeing in those affected by illness or disability
promoting students’ awareness of the range of applications of health psychology
providing students with a qualification which meets stage 1 of the BPS’s training towards Chartered Psychologist status
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Research Skills and Methodology for Health Psychology
Analysis for Health Psychology
Fundamental Issues in Health Psychology
Health Psychology: Context and Applications
Stress, Health and Coping
Psychosocial Factors and Health
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
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Graduates interested in pursuing health psychology as a career need a good honours degree in Psychology (upper second class or above) and eligibility for GBC. Applications from those who show that they have some experience of working in health are welcomed. Overseas students whose qualifications have satisfied the BPS conditions for Graduate Basis for Registration will be admitted in accordance with the University's regulations.