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MSc Health Psychology

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

This course is designed to give you an advanced knowledge and understanding of Health Psychology theory and practice, and of the application of health psychology across all aspects of health, illness and disability. 

Our MSc Health Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), providing the first stage of training for becoming a Health Psychologist, and equipping students with the necessary qualification to undertake stage two training in Health Psychology accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for those wishing to pursue a career as a Practitioner Psychologist in Health.

On our MSc, you will undertake a work placement as part of the course. We are well-placed to offer a variety of placements, having good links with external placement providers such as NHS Trusts and clinicians, schools, and public health domains, and we also offer the opportunity for our students to gain experience as research assistants, working on academically led research.

Uniquely, we offer expertise in the area of stress and resilience across the lifespan. This child health psychology focus is not currently offered on any other MSc in the UK.

The course also provides a sound, broad training in health and psychology-related skills suitable for entering a number of professional avenues across academic, healthcare, and public health settings. You could alternatively consider a career in research, including research psychologist positions, or PhD or Doctoral level study and postdoctoral research in health psychology, or in a variety of medical settings.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Accreditations:

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage 1 Professional Training in Health Psychology

Required subjects:

Psychology

Entry requirements:

For September 2019 entry: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Equivalent undergraduate training or work experience may be acceptable for students with a Psychology degree taken outside of the UK.

​For September 2020 entry: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Equivalent undergraduate training or work experience may be acceptable for students with a Psychology degree taken outside of the UK.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading. For more information see our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Download the programme specification (pdf 174kb)

Your application

Entry requirements

Careers

The MSc Health Psychology course provides our graduates with a sound training in health and psychology related skills to enable you to enter a number of professional avenues across academic, healthcare, and public health settings, including research psychologist positions, postdoctoral research in health psychology, and in a variety of medical settings. It also provides a potential route to undertake a PhD or Doctoral level study in Health Psychology or related area and is a good grounding for increasing success in obtaining a place on a Doctorate Training Programme in Clinical Psychology.

This course is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and will provide the first stage of training for becoming a Health Psychologist, equipping you with the necessary qualification to undertake stage two training in Health Psychology accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) should you wish to pursue a career as a Practitioner Psychologist in Health.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. 

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

You'll be learning from world-leading researchers in fields such as neuropsychology and clinical psychology and you will have the opportunity to get involved in various research projects. Many of our staff and students are involved in community or charitable trusts in addition to their academic practice or study, and we have close ties with the British Psychological Society. 

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. You can visit our Department of Psychology pages to read more about our staff. Please note that teaching staff can change.