The course will give you an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and applied bases of health, illness and disease. The main aim is to help you to develop the theoretical and methodological skills essential for conducting independent research and applying health psychology in practice. We provide a coherent programme of study covering the content, methods and application of health psychology as defined by the core Stage 1 curriculum of the BPS, Division of Health Psychology. In particular, the course emphasises the importance of an evidencebased approach to health psychology, and develops the core skills you will need for Stage 2 training. Although all modules are core, there is considerable flexibility within the module structure for you to choose particular areas of study of interest.
Normally you should have a good Honours degree that confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. However, we will consider candidates without GBC with some evidence of interest in the discipline. This can be demonstrated by your choice of undergraduate modules, undergraduate project area, or your work experience within health psychology or a related field. You may be invited for an informal interview. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. The University offers presessional Summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.
This course, established in 1995, was one of the first Masters in Health Psychology, and has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 1999. It includes an innovative portfolio of assessments – which have been consistently praised by external examiners – geared to developing your transferable skills, and relating directly to the world of work. Our assessments include critical reviews, grant application preparation tasks, presenting your work in an end of module conference, designing and implementing a behaviourchange intervention, and writing your research project as a short paper suitable for submission to a peer review journal.
Successful completion of the course (Stage 1) is a prerequisite for the further training (Stage 2) you will need to be able to register with the Health Professions Council (HPC) as a Health Psychologist. The course is taught by a core team of research-active staff, with collaborative links to external institutions in London and beyond.
Data Handling and Research Methods for Applied Psychology
Health Psychology: A Lifespan Development Perspective
Individual Differences, Health, Stress and Illness
Research Based Project: Health Psychology
Specialist Topics for Applied Psychology
Theories and Perspectives in Health Psychology
The course is a prerequisite for those wishing to pursue Stage 2 training leading to Registration with the HPC as a Health Psychologist. However, it also serves as a precursor to those wishing to pursue a PhD in Psychology, and other areas of applied psychology such as clinical or counselling. The majority of our graduates work in the health-related professions.
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