Health Psychology MSc

1 year, starting in September 2018

Delve into the exciting field of health psychology on our BPS-accredited course, one of the only master's of this kind to include a compulsory 16-week placement.

Our MSc Health Psychology is designed to give you a solid grounding in all the main areas of health psychology.

Taking a multidisciplinary approach to the subject, we look at how psychology can be used to help us better understand health and health behaviours, looking at everything from preventing ill health to managing long-term conditions and developing effective healthcare provision.

You will gain hands-on experience of methods for conducting research in diverse healthcare settings before going on to apply those skills.

Choose Bath for one of the only BPS-accredited courses to offer a 16-week placement as an integral part of its master's. You'll be based in an academic, public health or clinical setting and will work on a piece of real research, using your knowledge of health psychology theories, models and approaches to tackle a particular issue.

As well as gaining invaluable experience, you'll see first-hand how health psychology can be applied in diverse contexts and ways. For example, you might be using research to inform policy around health promotion or disease prevention; or helping a service to use evidence-based models and approaches to develop more effective health interventions.

The Psychology Department at Bath is highly regarded. You will be working with internationally renowned tutors with expertise across the whole spectrum of health psychology subjects, including public health, addictive behaviours, mindfulness, palliative care and digital interventions.

You will leave this course with:

  • a thorough knowledge of health psychology approaches, theories and models
  • excellent research skills that can be applied to primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings, and will act as a solid foundation for going on to undertake a PhD, professional doctorate, clinical psychology training or work as a research assistant
  • the necessary competencies to meet stage 1 training in health psychology, which enables you to proceed to stage 2 doctoral-level training and register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) to become a registered health psychologist if you wish
  • valuable work experience from your placement to enhance your CV and help you secure work in this field

Graduate prospects

Studying this course will set you up well for moving into a wide range of health-related posts, whether you choose to go on to work at a university, within government, the private sector or in a charity.

Our graduates have good employment prospects. Recent students of this course have gone on to work in a wide variety of roles, including:

  • Health Psychologist in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford
  • Public Health Researcher at a local council
  • Senior Data Collection Methodologist at the Office for National Statistics
  • Research Fellow in the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England
  • Freelance Health Psychology Consultant at Terzakis Consulting
  • Research and counselling psychologist
  • Assistant Psychologist at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • PhD student at the University of Bath
  • Clinical Trials Manager in a clinical research unit at the University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of Bath

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2019. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Placement

Choose Bath for one of the only BPS-accredited courses to offer a 16-week placement as an integral part of its master's. You'll be based in an academic, public health or clinical setting and will work on a piece of real research, using your knowledge of health psychology theories, models and approaches to tackle a particular issue.

As well as gaining invaluable experience, you'll see first-hand how health psychology can be applied in diverse contexts and ways. For example, you might be using research to inform policy around health promotion or disease prevention; or helping a service to use evidence-based models and approaches to develop more effective health interventions.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Work-based placement
  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Seminar
  • Written examination
  • Other

Professional accreditations

By studying a course with a professional accreditation, you could have the chance to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body. You may also be able to apply for jobs in the industry without having to do any more exams.

“I think my degree is really going to help me in the future because it has led me to develop my research skills.”
Elise Wijk

MSc Health Psychology (2016)

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology. The degree should be recognised by the British Psychological Society as providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC).

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

France qualifications

A licence with a final overall score of at least 12 out of 20 (assez bien).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Germany qualifications

A bachelor’s degree, diplom or magister artium with a final overall score of at least 2 (gut).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Greece qualifications

A university bachelor degree (Ptychio) or diploma with a final overall score of at least 6.5 out of 10.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Norway qualifications

A bachelor degree with a final overall score of at least B (2.5 or laudabilis).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

China qualifications

A four-year Bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 80% depending on the institution attended.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Hong Kong qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (B or 2:1).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

India qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a First Class.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Nigeria qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1. We may also consider a final overall result of a high 2:2 from some institutions.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Pakistan qualifications

A four-year Bachelor’s degree from a high ranked (HEC) university with a final overall result of at least First Class (Division 1).

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Singapore qualifications

A bachelor's (honours) degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1 when studied at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) or Singapore University of Social Sciences.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Thailand qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall GPA of at least 3.20.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from graduates from all countries so if you can’t see your country in the list, please contact our admissions team for advice about your specific entry requirements.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications who receive an offer will need to obtain approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can register for the course.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for postgraduate courses.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Health Psychology
  • Final award
    MSc
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    THPS-AWM01
  • UK/EU application deadline
    31 August 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Admissions
pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225385115

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