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Health Psychology MSc

Course Description


The MSc in Health Psychology was developed in 2003. This course is approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for accreditation towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and can be undertaken on either a full-time or part-time basis.

The course will be of interest to those wishing to pursue a career as a professional health psychologist or to those with an interest in the psychological concomitants of physical health. Future career opportunities for health psychologists are increasing and are available in the NHS, in industry and in academic settings.

Chartered psychologist status

The accredited MSc in Health Psychology will provide the first step towards Chartered Psychologist status for students who are eligible to hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Students will then need to complete a Stage 2 postgraduate training programme in health psychology to meet the requirements for the status of Chartered Psychologist (BPS) and Registered Health Psychologist (Health Professional Council). Students applying for this course must be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course details

Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake an applied research project. This is your opportunity to complete a major piece of independent research in a topic related to health psychology under the supervision of a suitably experienced member of academic staff.

The MSc in Health Psychology is delivered on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years. It commences in late September. The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits' worth of core modules and a 60-credit research project.

Part-time students on this course are taught alongside full-time students and the choice of modules (and therefore the timetable) is flexible and a matter of agreement between student and course director. In all cases, part-time students can access a wide range of teaching and learning facilities remotely via the student portal.

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

(Student Profile)

Sarah Grant

2888.jpg Sarah graduated in 2012 and went on to work as a clinical trial co-ordinator at The University of Nottingham.

"I did a module in health psychology during my undergraduate degree in psychology and enjoyed it more than any other area (also I got my best ever mark in it too!) so I decided to do the MSc in Health Psychology.

The course was very interesting and current, I felt it had the right amount of teaching and support without being as directive as an undergraduate degree - therefore this enabled us to have our own ideas and thoughts within a guiding framework. It was also well organised, the lectures and lecturers were interesting, inspiring and fun.

After I graduated, I began work as a clinical trial coordinator and follow up coordinator in the Division of Stroke at the University of Nottingham. It involves overseeing the set up, management and maintenance of a number of cutting edge trials in stroke medicine. It also involves patient contact as I complete a lot of the patient cognitive, mood and functioning tests following a patient’s participation in a trial.

I enjoyed the course hugely - I made lifelong friends and learnt a lot - and it has led me to a job in an area I am really interested in. If you want to do a MSc that is interesting, inspiring and useful for your future career than this is the one for you!"


Developing Solutions - 20+ Awards

Founded in 2001, Developing Solutions is The University of Nottingham's flagship international scholarship programme for postgraduate masters courses.Over the past 12 years we've supported over 1,000 students from the developing countries of the Commonwealth and Africa to study at The University of Nottingham.Developing Solutions scholarships for 2015 entry are now open for applications.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30 x 100% tuition fee and 75 x 50% tuition fee


You can apply for this scholarship if you:--are a national of (or permanently domiciled in) Africa, India or one of the countries of the Commonwealth listed below* AND
--are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
--have not already studied outside of your home country** AND
--are not currently studying at a University of Nottingham campus or are not a University of Nottingham graduate AND
--already hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme, including MRes, at Nottingham for September 2015 in certain faculties including the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Application Procedure

The closing date for scholarship applications is 24 April 2015 – 12 mid-day (UK time).Application for admission to study at Nottingham must be received at least six weeks before the scholarship closing date to allow time for our Admissions office to process the application and confirm your offer, before you can apply for the scholarship. Any application for admission to study submitted later than six weeks before the scholarship closing date is not guaranteed to be processed in time.

Further Information



The University of Nottingham Masters Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

Applicants will need to hold an offer for a taught postgraduate course and fulfil one or more of the following criteria:Care leavers - have been in public care for a minimum of three months prior to their entrance to university in 2012
In receipt of government funding in the form of a full maintenance grant and/or a National Scholarship Programme during the first year of undergraduate study (2012)Women in STEM (restricted programmes)Disability, long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty From a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) group

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants for this scholarship must be progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher £9k tuition fee and be classed as a Home/EU student.

Application Procedure

Application detailsApplications for this scholarship will open shortly. Follow the web link to find out more.

Further Information



Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information - http://www.chevening.org/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Variable subject to country of origin


To apply for a Chevening Scholarships you must have:a degree of a good standard
at least two years' work experience (including voluntary experience)
a high standard of English language
leadership and networking skills
commitment to work in your home country for at least two years after completing your masters degree

Application Procedure

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information on applying - http://www.chevening.org/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) recognised as providing graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society; English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

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