Master Health Psychology

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  • Objectives
    This course is designed for those holding the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The course provides a professional postgraduate qualification that meets Part One of the BPS requirements for Chartered Health Psychologist Status.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a good (at least a lower second) Honours degree in psychology or equivalent subject that confers Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Proficiency in the English language is essential. If English is not your first language, you will require an IELTS 6.5 minimum with a minimum score of 6 in all components, TOEFL (old examination) 630, TOEFL (new examination) 267 or equivalent. All successful applicants are interviewed.
  • Academic title
    MSc, Postgraduate Diploma Health Psychology
  • Course description
    Course structure

    The course comprises seven core modules. Each module is taught on two days per week over 12 weeks and has an item of coursework associated with it. The core modules are:

    -Placement and Practitioner Skills
    -Cognitive and Emotional Influences on Health
    -Health over the Life Span
    -Research Methods in Health Psychology
    -Responses to Illness
    -Context and Applications of Health Psychology
    -Health Psychology Project

    The course also involves a work placement within a professional setting.

    Assessment is by examination and a wide range of coursework. There are seven items of coursework, one for each module. You submit one 2,000-word essay, a 3,000-word systematic review, a critical review of 2,000 words and a 3,000-word case scenario. You also complete a practical data analysis exercise, make a short presentation to class about your placement, and submit written reports of your placement and research project. The project is triple-weighted by comparison to other parts of the assessment, and counts for one third of the overall grade.

    Career opportunities
    Graduates from the MSc course will be eligible to work towards part two of the BPS Chartered Health Psychologist requirements. They may also go on to PhD research, and are well placed to obtain employment in a range of health settings.

    Attendance & duration

    Full-time: one year (two semesters), two days a week
    Part-time (day): two years (four semesters), one day a week

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