MSc Health Psychology
Qualifications and durations
- Full-time MSc 12 months
- Part-time MSc 24 months
This successful BPS accredited programme, drawing on a multidisciplinary approach to health, covers the main areas of sickness and health psychology, as well as the methodologies for conducting research in primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings.
The course is one of the only accredited MSc Health Psychology programmes offering a placement. Our placement is 4-months in duration. Units include: introduction to health and health beliefs; biopsychosocial mechanisms in health; health, communication and context; managing ill-health; health psychology in practice; research design and statistics in health; and a dissertation.
Watch current students Laurence Regan and Irini-Alexia Terzakis talking about the Health Psychology programme and their experience during the placement.
- First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), from a recognised university.
- Overseas students with equivalent qualifications must obtain GBC from the BPS
- A minimum of two weeks (full-time) experience of working in health settings.
English Language requirements
Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.
- IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 7.0 in each of the four components)
- TOEFL 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.
If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the English Language Centre.
- Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.
Read details for how to apply to study.
Potential sources of funding
- 30 June 2014 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa) and Home/EU students.
- Funding deadlines for Studentships and Scholarships
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6753
Main areas of research
The Department's research interests can be broadly defined under three headings:
Cognition, Affective Science & Technology Laboratories (CASTL)
Current research focuses on:
- autism Spectrum Disorders
- children and interactive technologies
- evaluation of pervasive systems
- human factors in decision making
- cognitive Neuroscience, multisensory integration, pain
- hormonal influence upon cognition and stress
Current research focuses on:
- stress and well-being
- psychosocial influences on aetiology and exacerbation of acute and chronic illness
- managing chronic health conditions
- child & adolescent health
- coping responses and social support
- pain and pain management
- palliative and end-of-life care
Social and Cultural Psychology
Research focuses on identity and discourse in social and cultural contexts, investigating beliefs, practices, representations and decision-making in everyday situations.
Current research focuses on:
- youth, consumption and identity
- identities, gender and body image
- organisational psychology and the management of risk
- attitude-behaviour relations
- behavioural and mental habits
- emotion regulation
- economic and environmental psychology
- personal relationships in cyberspace
- siblings and subjectivities
- identities and education
For further details about individual staff research interests check out their profiles at www.findaphd.com. Search for psychology in the ‘south west’ region.
The rapidly expanding Department of Psychology has a distinctive research profile and a long-standing record of cutting-edge, theoretically-informed research in applied aspects of psychology. It has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary work and collaborates with other departments in the University of Bath, local and national institutions, and international networks.
Facilities and equipment
The Department of Psychology is part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. We currently have 300 undergraduates and 90 postgraduates in our department who benefit from:
- an enthusiastic and approachable staff team with 21 academics, 9 administrative or technical support staff and 2 research officers;
- a lively research environment; and
- outstanding computing facilities;
- regular seminar programmes establish a sense of community.
The Department of Psychology (the main foyer, Department Office and Reception Hatch) is based in building 2 South where most lecturers and support staff have offices. Student pigeonholes, assignment submission boxes and noticeboards are also in this building. Some staff and our postgraduate research students are located in 6 West (mainly level 0), 5 South (not open to visitors) and 1 West 3.12 (for MPhil/PhD queries).
International and industrial links
The Cognition, Affective Science and Technology Laboratories (CASTL) group has collaborative links with human computer interaction groups within the UK (e.g. London Knowledge Lab and The Mixed Reality Lab at Nottingham) with education groups in America (at Harvard) and with industrial partners on collaborative research projects including Sciencescope (an educational sensor design company), Vodafone and BT.
The Social and Cultural Psychology group is allied with the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment and the National Children's Bureau. All groups are supported by research grants from research councils such as the ESRC and EPSRC.
The Health Psychology group benefits from both a theoretical, methodological and applied focus and has strong interdisciplinary research links with the Department of Pharmacy (research on psychoneuroimmunology and stress, pain and pain management, well-being and quality of life) and the Department of Social & Policy Sciences (work on coping responses and substance abuse). They are supported by links with: the Royal United Hospital (RUH); Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD); Transition to School Research Project-funded by the Economic and Social Reseach Council (ESRC); the WHO Field Centre for the Study of Quality of Life (WHO-QOL) (based within the department); Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research group; Centre of Death and Society; Department for Health (incorporating the Mental Health Research & Development Unit (MHRDU), the Centre for Pain Reseach (CPR) and the Division of Sport & Exercise Science).
For free information about careers and postgraduate training in psychology contact:
The British Psychological Society,
48 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7DR
You are strongly advised to become acquainted with the different career options in Psychology, so that you can make an informed choice about which degree programme, in which University, will best suit your interests.
Visiting the Department
The University of Bath campus is open to the public. Visitors are welcome in the Department of Psychology during the normal working week (Monday – Friday excluding Bank Holidays). Reception hours are 10 – 12 or 1.30 – 3.30 (the building is not accessible outside these hours).
If you are seeking specific information about one of our postgraduate research programmes you should e-mail the PGR Admissions Team at email@example.com or telephone them on +44 (0)1225 38 6753.
The date of the next University Open Day is to be confirmed see :http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/ug/opendays/index.html for further details or contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0) 1225 383019. Information on the full range of undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology programmes on offer at the University of Bath will be available at these events.