About this program
MSc Health Psychology
If you want to build on your health psychology knowledge to more fully understand health and health behaviours; to better help patients better manage their long-term illness or recovery; or to help healthcare professionals improve their provision – then our MSc Health Psychology course is for you.
On this course, you'll get a thorough grounding in the main areas (practice, theory and research) of health psychology. You'll learn how mental, emotional and social factors can affect physical wellbeing, and how to prevent them doing so. You’ll also learn how a patient's mental and emotional state is affected by an illness and their recovery from it – and develop the skills and knowledge to support them.
We recognise the value of work experience and so a work experience placement is a central part of the course. We expect students to complete 100 hours of work placement activity and will support students in identifying suitable opportunities.
And if you'd rather dive straight into your career once you graduate, you'll also be ready for work in areas such as commercial research, smoking cessation, health promotion and chronic illness management.
Qualifications or experience
Applicants should normally have or expect to obtain at least a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology or closely related subject that is recognised by The British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). Applicants from other degree subjects containing a significant element of psychology, may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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You'll study units worth 180 credits, including:
- Applied Health Psychology and Placement
- Health Psychology Research Project
- Health Research Methods, Measurement and Analysis
- Psychobiological Aspects of Health
- Theories and Intervention Approaches in Health Psychology
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full time: £9,000
- Part time:
- Year 1: £3,000
- Year 2: £6,000
- Full time: £16,400
- Part time:
- Year 1: £5,470
- Year 2: £10,930
What can you do with a Health Psychology degree?
After the course you could:
- work in the NHS or other healthcare-related services – for example, smoking cessation, health promotion, mental health and chronic illness management
- undertake research or take a teaching position in Higher Education
- do a PhD in a related area
- join a clinical research organisation and get involved in setting up and carrying out research projects
- get a place on a clinical training course or other related training such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Treatment)
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University of Portsmouth
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Why study at University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.
Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.
The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.
The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.
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