Many congratulations on securing your place to study at the University of Bath; I wish you every success during your time with us. As Director of Studies (DoS), responsible for the academic and operational management of the MSc Health Psychology programme, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the University and to the Department of Psychology. Below you will find some information about the induction programme that has been arranged for you.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week runs from Monday 24 September to Sunday 30 September. On Thursday 27 September you will have an introductory meeting for all new students on the programme. This will give you the opportunity to meet members of the academic team and professional support staff, as well as your fellow students.

During Welcome Week we will be offering drop-in sessions in our departmental computer laboratory for students to familiarise themselves with basic statistic concepts and the software that is used in teaching, the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). If it has been some time since you completed your first degree, or you have never used SPSS, we would recommend that you avail yourself of these drop-in sessions. Information about timings, location and how to sign-up for these sessions will be available shortly.

Support available in your Department

Although exciting, many students find that the transition to study at a new institution can be challenging. We are here to support you so please let us know if you are having any difficulties or have any concerns and we will do our very best to assist you through this transitional period. You can contact:

All incoming students will also be allocated a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for providing pastoral and academic support.

Department pre-arrival information

Pre-arrival reading

We recommend some introductory health psychology texts that you might like to look at over the summer prior to starting your studies with us to familiarise yourself with the areas that are important in health psychology:

  • Marks, D.F., Murray M., Evans B., & Estacio E.V. (2018) Health psychology: Theory, research and practice. 5th ed. London. Sage. This is a critical health psychology text with a focus on a public health approach.

  • Sarafino, E. & Smith T. (2014) Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial interactions. 8th ed. Wiley. This text provides a basic biopsychosocial approach introduction to issues in health psychology.

  • Forshaw, M., & Sheffield, D. (2013). Health Psychology in Action. Oxford. Wiley-Blackwell. This text provides lots of real-world examples of how practitioners have applied health psychology in practice in a wide range of health settings.

Please note that these texts are only a recommendation and you are not required to purchase or read the full list. You can find more information about Welcome Week and things you can do in preparation for your arrival at Bath. These pages will be updated as the time draws closer to Welcome Week (particularly during September). Therefore, please do continue to visit these pages ahead of your arrival.

I very much look forward to meeting you at the end of September. In the meantime, if you have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With very best wishes

Dr Paula Smith

Director of Studies, MSc Health Psychology