MSc Health Psychology

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.


Laurence Regan and Irini-Alexia Terzakis talk about studying the Health Psychology programme.

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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, 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 programme.

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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.

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

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree in psychology (or international equivilent) recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC).
  • Overseas students with equivalent qualifications must seek approval for their course from the British Psychological Society before they can be admitted to the programme.
  • Applicants should also submit a strong personal statement that provides evidence of how their academic, professional and personal experiences equip them to meet the demands of the programme, outlines their reasons for wanting to study on the programme at University of Bath, and indicates how their studies may fit with their subsequent professional/academic intentions. (Typically 500-1,000 words)

English Language requirements

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

  • IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component

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.


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

How to apply

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

Financial information


Potential sources of funding


  • 30 June 2016 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa).
  • 31 August 2016 for Home/EU students.
  • Funding deadlines for Studentships and Scholarships.


Admissions Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6753

Related links


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.

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).

Careers Information

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 or telephone them on +44 (0)1225 38 6753.

The date of the next University Open Day is to be confirmed see : 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.