MSc Health Psychology


We are no longer accepting applications from international students. This is due to high demand. Places are still available for UK and EU students.

If you are an international applicant and you would like to apply to study in 2018/19, you will be able to from September 2017. We recommend that you apply early because of the high level of competition for places.

Qualifications and durations
  • Full-time MSc (1 year)
  • Part-time MSc (2 years, allowing three months for the final dissertation*)

 *At the discretion of the Director of Studies, part time students may be able to have an extension of three months (giving a total of six months for the dissertation and an overall total registration period of 27 months). Students extending into their 3rd academic year may be liable for a pro-rated continuation fee.


Dr Sally Adams (Admissions Tutor for the course) and students Axel Vitterso, Grace Moorton and Elise Wijk give an overview of the course and share their experience of studying on the MSc Health Psychology.

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This BPS accredited course, 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 degrees offering a placement. Our placement is 4-months in duration, and students are fully supported before and during their placement. Our dedicated placements team ensure students are not only allocated placements, but are prepared before starting their placement through seminars and meetings with their placement tutor. This support continues over the 4-months, making sure students are happy and getting the most from their placement experience. Watch our placement video to find out more about the MSc Health Psychology placement and what our students think.

Recent students Tamsyn Hawken, Jasmine Khouja and Kayleigh Easey talk about their experience during the placement on the MSc Health Psychology course.

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Units include: introduction to health and health beliefs; biopsychosocial mechanisms in health; communication in health; 21st century public health; informing interventions with health psychology; advanced research design in health; multivariate and advanced statistics for use in health contexts; advanced qualitative design; and dissertation.

Further information can be found in the Programme & Unit Catalogue.

You can find more about this course by viewing our webinar.


Graduates of the MSc Health Psychology have worked, or currently work, for the following organisations:

  • 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

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Typically a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree in psychology (or its international equivalent). The degree should be recognised by the British Psychological Society (The Graduate Basis for Chartership), and overseas applicants with equivalent qualifications must seek approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can be admitted.

A strong personal statement (typically 500-1,000 words) that provides evidence of:

  • how your academic, professional and personal experiences equip you to meet the demands of the course
  • your reasons for wanting to study on the course at University of Bath
  • how your studies may fit with your subsequent professional/academic intentions 

English language requirements

  • IELTS 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in each component

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the course of study.

There is further information about meeting the English requirements.

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.

You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the master’s degree.

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Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.

How to apply

You must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.

Financial information


Potential sources of funding

This course is recognised as being part of the Psychology Discipline Pathway, in the ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). Details of funding opportunities to follow in October 2016.



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Main areas of research

For further details about individual staff research interests check out their profiles at 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.