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Msc Psychology of Health

Course Description


Behaviour and social context can have a significant impact on health and it is the role of the health psychologist to examine this impact and identify any links between the two.

The Psychology of Health MSc provides a thorough grounding in the theories, practice and application of health psychology.


Guest speakers illustrate the variety of career paths open to health psychologists;
uses a broad range of assessment methods;
benefits from strong links with the Applied Research Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions.
Visit our Coventry Health Psychology blog.


The course focuses on teaching health psychology as a discipline with real-world application.

Students collaborate with researchers in the Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions on their distinctive feature of the course at Coventry University is the focus on the practical application of health psychology. We like to teach Health Psychology as a discipline with real world application, not just as a dry academic subject. This is exemplified by the ‘Professional Skills’ module, which is mainly taught by practitioners who currently work in applied health psychology settings. Our guest speakers help to illustrate the variety of career paths open to health psychologists and as some are graduates of our course. This also highlights the success of our graduates who have gone on to work in careers relating to health psychology.

Indicative course content

Health promotion and behaviour change - an introduction to health psychology as a discipline, biopsychosocial models of health and illness and health promotion,
interactions and outcomes in healthcare practice - psychological aspects of health care contexts, including health professional-patient communication, adherence to treatment programmes, decision making, patient satisfaction, impact of hospitalisation and representations and perceptions of illness and symptoms,
biopsychosocial aspects of stress, health and illness - relationship between stress, illness and health, individual differences in health and illness and the ways in which the impact of stress on health and illness is mediated, biological bases of health and illness, emotion and psychoneuroimmunology,
management of long-term conditions and disability quality of life, adjustment to diagnosis, self-management of chronic conditions, the expert patient programme and care for those with terminal conditions,
advanced research methods in psychology - knowledge and skills in planning, carrying out, analysing and writing about research in applied psychology at a post graduate level, and a sophisticated awareness of problems, issues and ethics in applied research in psychology,
professional practice - theoretical, research, professional and practice issues in health psychology including: ethical codes of conduct and career opportunities in health psychology,
dissertation - supervised but independently undertaken research at an advanced level, which allows students to investigate any area of health psychology of specific interest to them. This module includes the option of placement-based study.

Visit the Msc Psychology of Health page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have at least a 2:2 degree in Psychology in which core areas of psychology are covered.Applicants must also demonstrate a substantial understanding of Psychological Research Methods and Statistics; those that do not may be required to take a 2 week course in Statistics and Research Methods before embarking on this course (if all other entry requirements are met).Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have IELTS 6.5 or above.

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