Our MSc Health Psychology programme is fully accredited by the BPS and confers Stage 1 Training to become a Health Psychologist.
During the course we will provide you with an in depth understanding of the theory underpinning health psychology; develop your understanding of advanced research methodology and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data to carry out independent work of publishable standard; develop awareness of the contribution and application of health psychology within multicultural and multidisciplinary settings; and develop professional and transferable skills in preparation for becoming a health psychologist.
Further details of how to become a Chartered Health Psychologist are available from the Division of Health Psychology.
Our MSc Health Psychology programme follows the BPS curriculum for professional training in health psychology. There are six compulsory taught modules and you would be expected to take one to two modules per term depending on your pace of study. There is also the Research Project module.
Qualitative Research Methodology: Qualitative research design, interviewing, focus groups, appraising qualitative research, reflexivity, discourse analysis, narrative analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis, grounded theory.
Quantitative Methods and Advanced Statistics: Experimental design, questionnaire design, systematic review methodology, univariate statistics; measures of association, measures of difference, GLM, multiple regression, logistic regression, meta-analysis, factor analysis, structural equation modelling.
Health Behaviours: Fixed health factors, personality, risk perceptions, physical activity, smoking, screening, binge-drinking, health behaviour change and theory-based health interventions.
Health Inequalities Across the Lifespan:The social context of health and illness. Psychosocial aspects of both health and illness which contribute to morbidity and mortality in the population: inequalities in health related to socio-economic status, gender and ethnicity. Changes in health and health behaviour over the lifespan.
Illness Processes and Behaviour:
How biopsychosocial systems integrate. Stress and coping.
Relationship between stress, personality and illness such as coronary heart disease. Diagnosis of illness, models of illness behaviour and the impact of illness. Self-management of chronic disease and management of pain
Professional Issues and Applications: Career planning; health psychology professional training; professional conduct; intervention development and implementation; consultancy; working in practice; motivational interviewing; cognitive behavioural therapy
Research Project: You will also carry out a research project under supervision in a specific area of health psychology.