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MSc Health Psychology

Course Description

Course Summary

This course is for students who want to study how psychology helps us understand health-related behaviours, and how it can have a positive impact on wellbeing.

It forms stage one of the training you need to become a charted psychologist member of the Division of Health Psychology within the BPS.

Choose Health Psychology MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study important topics facing society such as obesity, lifestyle and stress, and examine them from the viewpoint of staff currently researching these topics
- Explore the explicit links between scientific theory and practice by showing how a critical understanding of theory may guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data within a given context
- Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems, and acquire new insights into the theory and practice of health psychology
- Gain a high level of knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods that will allow you to perform complex data analysis, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis, and develop your competence in a range of techniques including multivariate analyses
- Benefit from the development of a strong sense of personal responsibility and professionalism that will enable you to practise or conduct research within ethical guidelines.

Why choose this course?

The MSc Health Psychology deals with important topics facing society such as obesity, lifestyle and stress and examines them from the viewpoint of the staff currently researching those topics. This course provides stage 1 of the two-part training required to become a chartered/registered Health Psychologist and provides the theoretical basis for psychological practice in health settings (e.g., NHS).

Career Management Skills

All staff are research active or engage in professional practice and teach in areas that reflect and incorporate their expertise, and you will get the opportunity to work with staff on research projects with a view to enhancing your CV and employability.

The teaching strategy is directly related to the competences required of a trainee health psychologist and so the teaching covers the skills and knowledge need to engage in health-related interventions. It is an exciting and expansive academic discipline that can lead to chartered status and a profession in health psychology. As a Health Psychologist, you could be working within the health sector at management level or be applying health psychology knowledge and methods to educate and improve patient recovery and health.

However, the advanced (Stage 2) route to registration in health psychology is only one possibility and, having completed your degree you will find that many career opportunities are open to you both inside or outside the health sector or even psychology. But nonetheless, health psychology is compelling as both a discipline and a profession. To develop your employability you will:

- be invited to seminars by practitioners in the field;
- apply psychological theory to develop interventions in simulated consultancy exercises;
- have guidance and demonstrate competence regarding simulated client-practitioner communication;
- review psychological methods to manage a wide range of health conditions including substance misuse and stress;
- receive guidance on how health psychology related to other professional disciplines in providing health services and review the changing nature of health care practice;
- have guidance and demonstrate competence in relation to the development of teaching or training programmes for health care professionals;
- review areas of development in health care policy and practice.

Career/Further study opportunities

The success of our MSc programme here at the University of Bedfordshire is represented in the successful careers of our previous students. In previous years, a number of students have gained PhDs. Others have entered jobs that include: smoking cessation co-ordinator for an NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT), Shared Care support worker, Research Assistant in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Health Psychologist in Specialist Obesity Services, Lecturer in Health Psychology, Academic Researcher for University, Assistant working in the Clinical Health Psychology Unit of a General Hospital, Psychological Well-being Worker.

Visit the MSc Health Psychology page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Calista Strange BSc (Hons) & MSc Health Psychology graduate & Clinical Quality Facilitator

The courses and dissertations were challenging but this was significantly outweighed by how interesting and rewarding the courses were. I really enjoyed the experimental sessions, for example measuring physiological responses and examining psychometric tests (quantitative tests for the measurement of psychological variables).

The BSc and MSc were very enjoyable, challenging courses and the University is accredited by the British Psychological Society which means that you can achieve eligibility for Graduate Basis for Recognition status.

The staff members were incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. The courses armed me with the necessary qualifications and skills to work towards my career goals.

(Student Profile)

Erica Cook

This course gave me a good grounding to progress on to my PhD.

I like how the assessment points were varied, making the learning experience more rewarding. The staff were excellent and fully supportive throughout the course.

I have gained key skills in the areas of research and teaching. It was an excellent course. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Health Psychology.


Entry Requirements

To be admitted to the course you are normally required- to have attained at least a second class honours degree in psychology- to provide evidence of the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).Students from the European Union and International students:As a general guide, to apply for a place on the course you need to have met the above requirements and the Universitys English language requirements.

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