Health Psychology examines the psychological influences on how people stay healthy, why people become ill and what happens when people become ill.
This course fulfils the British Psychological Society requirements for stage 1 of the training to become a Health Psychologist.
It takes a scientist-practitioner approach and thus students not only have an excellent grounding in research methodology but also develop a range of professional and practical skills.
During the course you will study health-related behaviour, addiction and treatment; public health, health promotion and behaviour change interventions; stress and stress management; chronic illness and its management; working with patients in the health care system, research methods and professional issues.
You will have access to some of the best and most up-to-date psychology specialist postgraduate computer, laboratory and library study facilities for teaching and research in the UK.
You will be benefiting from the experience of our dedicated and enthusiastic staff. For example, Dr Nicky Payne has expertise in occupational health psychology (including stress and eating, and work-life balance), as well as health promotion and health behaviour change; Dr Camille Alexis-Garsee has expertise in smoking cessation and chronic illness; and Professor Olga van den Akker is an internationally renowned expert on reproductive health psychology (including infertility and surrogacy).
The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing stage1 of the training to become a Health Psychologist. It is one of only a few MSc Health Psychology programmes in the UK to offer a health psychology placement (an alternative is available for those not wishing to undertake a placement). Examples of the placements we currently offer include smoking cessation, obesity management, cancer care, palliative care, chronic illness management, health promotion, stroke prevention. You will participate in teaching and workshops on practical aspects of health psychology, including stress management, smoking cessation, cognitive-behavioural therapy, health promotion and health behaviour change. You will be taught by Health and Clinical Psychologists and a range of other health professionals who are experts in their field through research and/or work as practitioners. It is one of only a few MSc Health Psychology programmes in the UK to offer training in the use of psychophysiology equipment. You will benefit from the use of new, purpose built state-of-the-art computer and psychophysiology laboratories Facilities The superb Hatchcroft Building received its grand opening in September 2008 and as a student of Psychology at Middlesex, you’ll take full advantage of Hatchcroft’s state-of-the-art facilities which include:
Fully equipped lecture theatres and tutorial spaces Pychophysiology laboratory Social observation laboratories Video editing suite Virtual reality laboratory Auditory cognition laboratory Testing cubicles
A £3,000 scholarship is available for September 2014 entry. Please see our scholarships page for more information.