Equipping you with a sound knowledge of theories and practical issues relevant to health psychology.
Health psychology applies the theories, methods and techniques of psychology to issues of health and illness. These are integrated into the psychological processes related to the maintenance of health, the promotion of the psychological wellbeing of the physically ill, and the normal and pathological responses to ill health and stress.
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You will consider the psychological and physiological responses of the individual to ill health, as well as the social and community contexts of health-related behaviours and the systems for healthcare.
You will be equipped with a sound knowledge of theories and practical issues relevant to health psychology and also a good understanding of both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.
The programme, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), provides the academic component (Stage 1) on the route towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Quantitative Research Methods
In this module, you will develop the skills to conduct and assess quantitative research effectively.
Qualitative Research Methods
In this module, you will develop the skills to conduct and assess qualitative research.
Preparation for Academic Research in Psychology
This module aims to provide students with the basic skills of research design, data analysis, publishing and ethical conduct, and to prepare students with the skills they need to produce a dissertation report of publishable standard.
Conducting Health Psychology Research
This module provides you with advanced knowledge and understanding of the methods, theory and practice in different types of assessment techniques used in health psychology research.
This module provides you with advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice, in particular relating to chronic illness/disability such as cancer, HIV, cardiovascular disorders, pain, arthritis and diabetes.
Psychological Aspects of Healthcare
This module covers psychological factors that influence the patient’s passage through the healthcare system.
Maintaining Health Throughout the Life-Span
This module provides you with advanced knowledge and understanding of the methods, theory and practice in developing and maintaining health throughout the life-span.
You also choose one optional module from the following:
- Aspects of Experimental Psychology
- Crafting Research: Linking Theory and Methods
- Ergonomics and Human Factors
- Inquiry and Design
- Psychological Neuroscience: Psychophysics & fMRI
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Health Psychology
- Psychology of Sustainable Development
Full-time students: Four modules per semester in total
Part-time students: Modules split across two years as agreed with the Course Director
Teaching and assessment
Lectures: 12–14 hours per week in term time.
Seminar Series: Between six and ten hours per term over the duration of the programme.
Supervision: Up to nine hours per term over the duration of the programme.
The programme is modular and is offered in both full-time and part-time modes. One module (22 contact hours) provides 15 credits. You will complete seven compulsory modules and one optional module. You will also be required to present a dissertation comprising an original piece of empirical research within an area of health psychology. This will be approved and supervised by one of the School’s academic staff.
Career prospects for students of this programme are very good, with graduates working in a variety of careers allied to medicine.
Some examples of where graduates of this programme have gone on to work include:
- Trainee clinical psychologist, Black Country NHS Trust
- Residential care officer, Community Homes – Intensive Care and Education, Reading
- Compensation analyst, Hewlett Packard, Bracknell
- Assistant psychologist, NE Essex Mental Health Services NHS Trust, Colchester
- Aids Council carer, Papworth Trust, Cambridge
- Trainee health psychologist at the Queen Elizabeth Foundation
Some students have remained in the School of Psychology and undertaken research for a PhD.
Other students remain in the School and become full-time research officers, working on one of the many research projects we have which are supported by the research councils, government, industry or the charitable trusts.
Graduates have also chosen to move to other universities to undertake research (as PhD students or research officers), as the Surrey MSc provides students with a recognised and thorough grounding in research methods.
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A first or 2.1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) in psychology and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS. English language requirements; IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0