Health Psychology MSc

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 2 Years

2018/19 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £3172.50 per year of study
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Health psychologists apply psychological research and methods to:

  • promotion and maintenance of health
  • prevention and management of illness
  • identification of psychological factors in contributing to physical illness
  • improvement of the health care system
  • formulation of health policy.

Health Psychologists work in health and academic settings:

  • teaching students and health professionals
  • conducting research
  • assessing patients
  • managing clinical interventions
  • informing health promotion and public health policy.

Health Psychology is one of the latest branches of Psychology to be given professional status by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means that you will need to complete an accredited MSc in Health Psychology as the first step towards gaining Chartered Health Psychologist status and registration with HPC as a Health Psychologist. For more details, see the Division of Health Psychology web pages.

  • The course follows the framework for professional training in health psychology developed by the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society.
  • The MSc aims to give you an overview of health psychology with a focus on the methodologies and models underpinning health research and practice.
  • Consideration of ethical and professional issues are central to the course.
  • Graduates from this award gain Stage One accreditation towards gaining Chartered Psychologist status and registration with the Health professionals Council (HPC) as a Health Psychologist. 

Course outline

  • Develop your skills to critically evaluate the current knowledge, theory and evidence base relevant to health psychology.
  • Equip you with the skills and capabilities relevant to progression to health psychology practice.
  • Develop your skills to use a range of techniques and research methods applicable to psychological enquiry.
  • Enable you to apply relevant ethical, legal and professional practice frameworks and maintain appropriate professional boundaries.
  • Develop your ability to communicate effectively (verbally and non-verbally) with colleagues, research supervisors and a wider audience.
  • Enable you to demonstrate an ability to disseminate work appropriately in a range of written and oral formats.
  • Equip you with the conceptual understanding, skills and knowledge to critically reflect on and synthesise all of the above to inform your developing professional identity as a trainee health psychologist.


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 90 credits in your second year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £3,172.50 per year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.”


Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won’t have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

For more information and how to apply click here.


Course content

The MSc in Health Psychology is awarded on the successful completion of the following modules:

  • In Core Issues in Health Psychology you will study health psychology from a variety of perspectives, to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of health psychology, and to develop critical and evaluative skills.
  • The Psychology Research Methods module covers qualitative and quantitative methods, including the philosophical underpinnings of research approaches, and the difficulties of conducting research and practice under experimental and non-experimental conditions.
  • Communication Issues in Health Care Settings covers general issues relating to communication in health care settings as well as specific issues relating to particular patient groups.
  • The Impact and Experience of Long-term Conditions investigates psychological impact and experiences of people who have been diagnosed with a long-term condition.
  • Applications of Health Psychology focuses in particular on interventions to improve health.
  • The Dissertation allows you to work independently, under supervision, to research a topic of your own choosing.

These modules cover the core curriculum of health psychology required by the BPS for Stage One professional training.

Staffordshire University Masters Program

The MSc in Health Psychology operates within the general framework for the University Modular Masters Programme. To obtain an MSc in Health Psychology you will have to complete modules worth 180 credits. This programme of study normally takes 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time to complete. It is also possible to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Psychology following the completion of taught modules worth 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology having completed taught modules worth 120 credits.  

Entry requirements

  • First or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC)
  • We will seek two references prior to offering a place on the course. One of these must be qualified to comment on your academic abilities.
  • A personal statement outlining your interest in Health Psychology must also be included with your application.

Additional requirements for overseas applicants:

  • Applicants who have not completed their degree at a recognised UK university must obtain Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and include evidence of this with their application.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved 7.0 or above on all components of the IELTS and provide evidence of this with their application.

If you do not meet our entry criteria:
If you have a BSc Hons in psychology at a 2.2 level and recent clinical experience or other relevant qualifications you may be eligible to register for the certificate in Health Psychology, with the potential to progress to the MSc. Please contact Dr Amy Burton to discuss your options.


The MSc in Health Psychology at Staffordshire is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The British Psychological Society accreditation team has commended the Staffordshire University health psychology programme team for the high quality service and learning facilities, most notably:

  1. Strong academic leadership and team cohesion 
  2. The emphasis on personal and professional skills, and the extent to which it permeates the programme 
  3. The broad range of assessments 
  4. Student satisfaction with the programme 
  5. The forward-thinking programme and proactive approach 
  6. Embedding the programme within the Centre for Health Psychology 
  7. The use of Blackboard as an effective teaching resource.

Employment opportunities

Graduates from the MSc Health Psychology go on to work in a range of settings such as: research assistantships, trainee psychologists, systematic reviewers, stop-smoking advisors, IAPT practitioners, and PhD studentships.

Staffordshire University also offers a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology which provides Stage Two professional training in Health Psychology with full-time and part-time modes of study.

Student experience

  • "Tutors were very supportive in all areas, every session well prepared and lots of extra references for reading round appropriately"
  • "Tutors were effective. Was good to have a number of tutors who talked about their speciality areas"
  • "This course is very enjoyable and interesting. It is well organised"
  • "Very much enjoyed the course and felt that I have learned a lot from it"


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