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Health Psychology MSc

Course Description

The MSc in Health Psychology is designed for students interested in a career in health psychology and has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). On completion of the MSc, students who also hold BPS graduate basis for chartership are qualified to commence Stage 2 Health Psychology training, the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist (BPS) and Registered Health Psychologist (Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Possible career paths on completing the MSc also include research, academia, NHS service development and health policy making.

Health Psychologists are interested in psychological processes underlying health, illness and healthcare. They seek to understand these processes and to develop interventions which enable people to maintain good health, avoid illness, improve outcomes for people with health conditions and improve the experience of undergoing diagnostic and health care processes.

This course will provide strong grounding in:
• Key theories in health psychology and the ability to apply them
• Current approaches to changing health-related behaviour at individual, population and regulatory levels
• The interaction between psychological processes (cognitions, emotions, behaviour) and disease and illness
• Ways in which social-cultural factors contribute to health
• Advanced research methods and analysis techniques in both quantitative and qualitative research
• The role and scope of health psychology within academic and health care settings

Teaching on the programme is largely delivered through face-to-face, interactive sessions, consisting of some lecture material, with discussions and group work, and with a range of audio-visual stimuli.

All units are supported by the use of Blackboard - a virtual learning environment - on which staff post lecture slides, reading lists and other accompanying material. Each unit on Blackboard also has its own discussion board, where students can post questions and interact with staff and other students on the course.

Course Units

Research Methods 1
Professional Issues
Health & Society
Facilitating Change
Research Methods 2
Mind & Body
Illness & Healthcare
Health Behaviour Change

A significant amount of teaching and learning will take place through the Dissertation unit (60 credits), where students will be expected to take a lead role in developing a research project in the area of health psychology with regular support, input, and mentorship from their project supervisor. Each student is also allocated a personal academic adviser who provides support for the student’s academic and professional development.

The breadth of experience students gain is reflected by the wide range of assessments used in this health psychology programme, including:
• the dissertation (in the format of a paper prepared for publication in a scientific journal)
• oral presentation
• poster presentation
• systematic review
• case report
• portfolio of tasks
• writing for a lay audience
• essays and examinations
• reflective log, in which students reflect on their learning and development as they progress along the course
• CV and application for a job or further training

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

Entry Requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in psychology. In order for the MSc to be recognised by the British Psychological Society as the Stage 1 qualification in the route to becoming a Chartered Health Psychologist, you need to hold Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). Students can join the MSc without holding GBC, but in order for the MSc to be recognised as a BPS-accredited Stage 1 qualification you will need to gain GBC – this can be completed at a later date (see the BPS website for further information about GBC.

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