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Faculty of Health Sciences

MSc in Health Psychology

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2018/19

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

About the course

In this vocational programme you will learn about psychological principles used to research and promote changes in people’s attitudes, behaviour and thinking about health and illness.

The course is led by chartered psychologists and teaching staff who are active in research. It is further enhanced by our close working relationships with health and social care providers which enable us to offer placement and research opportunities providing key experience and improved career prospects.

Students are taught how to design, plan and conduct health-related research and how to evaluate papers, theories, findings and methods used within health psychology. Learning takes place in lectures, seminars, laboratories and through directed personal study. There is also an opportunity to undertake a placement. All students are supported through the design, conduct, analysis and write-up of an empirical research project.

The MSc is studied full-time over one year starting in September and comprises two semesters of taught modules followed by an individual research project.

Where you'll study

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,275

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £16,000

What you'll study

You will learn how to carry out health-related research and understand the nature of evidence-based practice in health psychology. You will also develop the knowledge and skills underpinning professional practice as a psychologist – including the ability to reflect on practice – and ethical and confidential practice. There will also be the opportunity for you to increase your experience and skills relating to working with people within a health and social care setting.

You will also have group and individual based Academic Support Tuition (AST) where you further develop your professional training as health psychologists. Topics covered include ethics for practitioner psychologists, specific qualitative research methods (e.g. focus groups, observational techniques and sequential analysis), and self-evaluation of your professional development.

Core modules

  • Research Methods for Psychology

  • Changing Health Behaviours

  • Professional Practice and Communication Skills

  • Contexts of Health and Illness

  • Health Psychology in Practice

  • Philosophical and Theoretical Issues in Health Psychology

  • Empirical dissertation

    This module aims to enhance students' independent research skills for designing, planning, conducting, analysing and writing up a research project relevant to clinical psychology; develop your critical, in-depth knowledge of a specific area of clinical psychology; and increase your academic analytical and writing skills.

Our postgraduate programmes allow you to develop practical and technical skills under professional psychologists.

Research has wide links to local organisations, public representatives, charities, artists, clinicians and industry and is part of the White Rose Consortium.

Psychology has been a leading discipline of study at Hull since 1928.

Our cutting-edge facilities include electroencephalography (EEG) for measuring activity in the brain, a brain simulation laboratory, an eye-tracking laboratory, an audiometric laboratory, and much more.

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Entry requirements

You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology or closely allied discipline. You should also have a minimum of 30 hours of paid or voluntary work experience relevant to the content of the programme. 

Please note that if you wish the Programme to confer a Stage 1 qualification towards becoming a UK Health Psychology Practitioner, then the British Psychological Society (BPS) requires candidates to have a BPS accredited degree in Psychology or to have obtained the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by the special case route. However, if you currently do not meet this requirement, you can still take your MSc and achieve this Stage 1 by taking a BPS accredited conversion course afterwards.

If you do not wish to qualify as a Health Psychology Practitioner in the UK, because you have a different career or plan to work in another country, then you may still take the programme and obtain an MSc but you will not obtain the Stage 1 qualification.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

This MSc will provide psychology graduates with a structured career pathway towards becoming a chartered psychologist (BPS-accredited) or a health psychologist (HCPC-accredited).

The mixture of applied and practical learning experience also provides a solid basis for developing other careers in psychology, or elsewhere in the health and social care sector, where the psychology of health is coming to play a pivotal role.

The programme has been designed to help to address a gap in services in the East Yorkshire region and to help tackle issues of deprivation and inequality by providing MSc graduates with the skills and knowledge to contribute to a wide variety of health and social care services.