MSc Health Psychology

Course summary

Overview

This course meets the stage one Health Psychology training requirements developed by the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society. 

Our graduates are working and/or studying in industry, academia, charitable organisations and the NHS. 

Health workerWhy choose this course?

The course provides a complete grounding in the theory, themes, professional issues and practical skills central to stage one Health Psychology training. 

The course has established links with health organisations where students gain work experience and carry out research. 

You will also have an opportunity to carry out carry out health psychology research with Swiss Reinsurance Company (generally known as Swiss Re) and the Working Towards Wellbeing (WTW) team. 

Research is jointly supervised by Health Psychologists at WTW, Swiss Re and UWL. Swiss Re is the world's largest insurer.

You can also train with Smokefree Ealing to deliver health promotion events in the community and with Pyramid where they can work on a children's psychosocial intervention.

You will be encouraged to present your work at health psychology conferences. Students who successfully complete the course have fulfilled the stage one training requirements which are a first step towards Chartered Psychologist status and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Health Psychologist. 


Tutor Information

This course is run by the School of Human and Social Sciences to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.

The staff team within the school are committed to providing an engaging and exciting learning experience in all areas of study, and the level of student support is outstanding. 

The School of Human and Social Sciences teaching staff includes:

Course Leader for MSc Health Psychology Professor Anne Manyande who is a chartered psychologist and a full member of the Division of Health Psychology. She is also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr Caroline Lafarge who is a member of the British Psychological Society and the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Complex Obstetrics.

Career and study progression

Graduates have gone on to varied careers including:
  • Stop Smoking Advisor
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • University Lecturer
  • Community Mental
  • Health Worker.
When you have completed this course successfully, you will be eligible to apply for Stage 2 training in Health Psychology, which provides Chartered Health Psychologist status. 

You can also apply for further study at MPhil or PhD level, or apply for further training in other psychology professions.

If you would like any more information about this course, please contact admin.psychology@uwl.ac.uk.

More information

http://www.uwl.ac.uk/psychology
Please view the link above for more information.

Course detail

Modules

  • Biopsychosocial Issues in Health Psychology
  • Individual Differences in the Psychology of Health and Illness
  • Chronic Disorder and Health Psychology Interventions
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Practice and Professional Issues in Health Psychology
  • Supervised Research Project

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold, or be eligible for, the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the
British Psychological Society (BPS) with usually an upper second or first class award. Applicants who do not have an upper second award may be considered if they:

- Can demonstrate evidence of practical experience relevant to Health Psychology.

- Have attained an additional qualification relevant to Health Psychology.

- Can show evidence of attainments during their undergraduate degree which indicate particular strengths in Health Psychology.

If you are not eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, you may wish to apply for a place on our Graduate Diploma in Psychology. The Diploma offers a fast route to eligibility for GBC - the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 7.0 or above, and a minimum of 7.0 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£7,200

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£11,500
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.


Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Check the course entry requirements before applying.  Our MSc Health Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society and it is a core requirement that you are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the Society.

If you are an applicant from outside the UK, you may need to apply direct to the BPS to see if your current psychology qualifications enable you to be awarded GBC.  There is information about this on the BPS website.

If you are not eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, you may wish to apply for a place on our Graduate Diploma in Psychology.  This course offers a fast route to eligibility for GBC – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.   Or, you may wish to apply for our MSc Global Health Psychology course.

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply for most of our Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters’ Degree courses using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

International students

To apply for a Masters’ Degree course, please complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

More about the application process for international students.

More about how to apply for postgraduate courses.

 

During the course

Notable aspects

You will be taught by staff who all have specialist knowledge of health psychology alongside a wealth of experience in both teaching and health psychology research.

Teaching methods

Teaching takes place in small groups and some sessions are delivered by guest speakers working in health psychology.

Extra study required

We encourage you to gain practical experience during the course. There are skills sessions run by practitioners who teach on the course and we encourage you to gain experience with organisations where health psychology is applied.

Assessment

Coursework

Assignments are intended to build the skills and knowledge you need to practise in health psychology. Assignments include writing case reports, carrying out a systematic review, designing a conference poster, gaining ethical clearance for research, and developing a health promotion programme. Our students have had their work published in journals and presented at conferences including the BPS Division of Health Psychology annual conference and the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology conference.

What our students say

Weronika Suszynska

"I very much enjoyed this well structured MSc Health Psychology course and took away a lot from it. Guided by fantastic lecturers, I absorbed a great deal of knowledge and acquired many practical skills which I now use in my work for stop smoking services."

Carmel Corcoran

"As a BPS accredited course the MSc in Health Psychology is both interesting and challenging.  It's also great that lecturers at UWL are so approachable and helpful.  A thoroughly enjoyable experience!"

Tamás Mityok

"The course is run by well prepared and very helpful staff. It is nice and convenient to have an allocated room for us MSc students. The lectures and seminars are less formal than at undergraduate level but they are very informative and enriched by interesting discussions. It is a good course for further development in psychology."

Jobs and placements

The course has established links with health organisations where students gain work experience and carry out research.

Students can carry out health psychology research with Thrive Tribe, a limited company based in London and Luton which provides services that help people become healthier and physically active.

Our students can train with Smokefree Ealing to deliver health promotion events in the community and with Pyramid (http://www.uwl.ac.uk/pyramid/welcome)  where they can work on a children’s psychosocial intervention.

Career and study progression

Graduates have gone on to varied careers including:

  • Stop Smoking Advisor
  • PhD investigating psychosocial aspects of pregnancy¨termination
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • University Lecturer
  • Community Mental
  • Health Worker.

Study progression

When you have completed this course successfully, you will be eligible to apply for Stage 2 training in Health Psychology, which provides Chartered Health Psychologist status. You can also apply for further study at MPhil or PhD level, or apply for further training in other psychology professions.