If you’re a professional wishing to underpin your work with theory and practical ways forward, or a graduate wishing to specialise in behaviour change or add social science to your skill set, this course is for you.
Our MSc Behaviour Change is the first masters course of its kind. The course will provide you with psychological theories and models so that you can develop a greater understanding of human behaviour and behaviour change. You’ll acquire the knowledge and transferable skills required to critically evaluate and design interventions that provide opportunities for people to change in a variety of practical contexts.
You’ll be taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team of research-active psychologists and ergonomists. We share a passion for promoting applied evidence-based science relevant to the understanding and promotion of behaviour change.
We offer three pathways to a masters award in Behaviour Change. These are:
MSc Behaviour Change (Health and Wellbeing)
MSc Behaviour Change (Occupational Health and Safety)
MSc Behaviour Change (Environment and Conservation)
If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.5.
You will need a 2:2 undergraduate degree or substantial professional experience.
This course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc.
Postgraduate Certificate in Behaviour Change
In year one, you’ll undertake these three modules:
Psychology for Behaviour Change
Theories and Models of Behaviour Change
Applied Behaviour Change Interventions
Postgraduate Diploma in Behaviour Change (in named pathway)
In your second year, you’ll study a further three modules:
Research and Evaluation
Practice and Context in Behaviour Change.
The third module in year two, is specific to your chosen pathway:
Positive Psychology, Health and Wellbeing
Occupational Health and Safety and Behaviour Change
Environment and Behaviour
MSc in Behaviour Change (in named pathway)
In your third year, you’ll undertake a masters research project module, which runs over three terms:
Research Project in Behaviour Change
Under the supervision of a member of the programme team, you’ll identify a research issue related to behaviour change in your chosen pathway, review existing literature, formulate novel research questions and test these questions through the application of contemporary psychological methodologies and appropriate data analysis and scientific report writing.
The MSc provides a range of employment opportunities in a number of applied markets, such as:
The Health Sector
Occupational Health and Safety.
The course also provides a suitable qualification if you´re working in allied areas, to progress and broaden your skills. For example, if you´re a physiotherapist wishing to focus on behaviour change, or an occupational health and safety professional wishing to have a broader skill set.
The MSc is also a good basis for further study in the form of a PhD at Derby or elsewhere.
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