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MSc Health Psychology


Course Description

Successfully completing this course allows you to progress onto stage two of the British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification in health psychology or a BPS-accredited doctoral programme in health psychology. Successfully completing stage two confers eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a health psychologist.

We designed the course to give you the knowledge, skills, values and academic approach to improve your work and study in health psychology. You learn to:
-Critically evaluate and apply different approaches, theories and models to health-related issues.
-Develop in-depth knowledge and advanced skills related to the design, implementation and evaluation of health-related research.
-Apply problem solving strategies to complex professional scenarios.
-Critically reflect on your practice, planning and personal development.

You can use your work or voluntary experience from within a health-related setting to aid your learning and training. For example, work-based reflection is a core element of the healthcare contexts module and is designed to contribute to your continuing personal development.

You may be able to gain supervised voluntary work experience within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Medical Psychology Service. Potential placements include: diabetes; HIV/GU medicine; renal services; chronic pain; amputation rehabilitation; trauma services; burns unit; spinal injury rehabilitation.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-health-psychology

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Course structure

Online and class-based study
Full time – 1 year.
Part time – typically 1 day per week for 2 years.

On campus study
This is a blended learning course that combines online learning with on-campus study days. Full-time students attend a block week on campus at the course start in September, plus 9 days across 9 months (October-June), usually on a Friday in the middle of the month. Part-time students attend the first three days of the block week at the course start in September, and up to 29 days across 24 months.

Modules
There are nine modules that you have to study within 12 months if you are a full-time student or 24 month for part-time, coming in one day a month. These are as follows:
-Applications and practice of health psychology
-Client groups and stakeholders
-Healthcare contexts: work-based reflection
-Health cognitions and behaviour
-Health psychology research project
-Introduction to research methods
-Perspectives, contexts and issues in health research and practice
-Psychobiological determinants of health
-Research methods and measurement issues in health psychology

Assessment: essays; research reports; health needs assessment; ongoing reflection by personal development portfolio; research project.

Other admission requirements

Applications from students who have achieved a 2.2 psychology degree will be considered by the course leadership team. Where there is evidence that at least two of the following criteria have been met the applicant may be offered a place on the course:
-Applicants have work experience in a health-related setting.
-Applicants have an enthusiasm for health psychology.
-Applicants have demonstrated their ability to achieve a 2.1 within their undergraduate degree (for example, transcripts reveal a 2.1 in key undergraduate curriculum areas such as research methods).

All applicants are required to provide two satisfactory references (normally one of these will be an academic reference) and a personal statement.

If you do not have GBC you can do a BPS accredited conversion course. We offer an MSc in Psychology that would give you eligibility for GBC, provided you achieve an overall mark of at least 50 per cent and pass your dissertation. You should be enthusiastic about psychology and have a good understanding of the British Psychological Society’s core areas.

If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Visit the MSc Health Psychology page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants need one of the following: BSc or BA Psychology giving Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) with a 2.1 or above; GBC by an alternative route, for example by examination, or by BPS acceptance of an overseas psychology degree. See course description for further admission details.

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