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Full time | Frenchay Campus | 1 year | 01-SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Psychology Specialisations

Course type


Course Summary

Ideal for students with Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), the MSc provides Stage 1 training towards Practitioner Health Psychology status.

Accreditations and partnerships: The British Psychological Society

Interest in health psychology is growing rapidly among psychologists and other health service and occupational health professionals mostly thanks to the shifting emphasis in provision and governance of healthcare in the UK, and changes to the NHS' organisation and mission.

Excellent teaching and research

As a health psychologist, you'll provide valuable insights to a range of activities, and your skills will be highly sought-after in roles across the NHS, in private practice and in the charitable sector.

You may be providing psychological assessment and support in acute care situations, managing the psychological care and rehabilitation of people with chronic illnesses, or getting involved in health promotion activities including smoking cessation and dietary management.

There are also opportunities, after the MSc Health Psychology, to go on to academic teaching and research positions.

Psychology at UWE Bristol has particular strengths in teaching and research in the area of health psychology, and provides Masters and PhD programmes.

The faculty is also home to the world-leading Centre for Appearance Research, the Centre for Health and Clinical Research, and the Centre for Understanding Social Practice as well as the Institute for Sustainability, Health and the Environment.

You'll be among experts whose knowledge and experience feeds directly into the course's taught modules and supporting resources.

Transferable skills

If you hold Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), the MSc provides Stage 1 training towards Practitioner Health Psychologist status.

As well as covering the BPS' core curriculum, this course has a particular emphasis on transferable practical, professional and employment-related skills, and the opportunity to gain course credit through practical work in health psychology settings.

For more information, and to check whether you may be eligible for a bursary for this course, see the listing for the course on the UWE Bristol website, by clicking on the 'visit website' button to the left of this page.


This module helps to learn about health and illness perceptions and how these influence stress and coping behaviours.

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Entry requirements

You must have a minimum 2:1 honours degree in Psychology or a closely related discipline. In exceptional circumstances, applicants with substantive relevant work experience or further training and a strong academic background will be considered, however we are unable to accept applicants without an undergraduate degree in psychology or a closely related discipline. We particularly welcome graduates with appropriate experience in health psychology, and those who have been employed as health or related settings are encouraged to apply. Previous successful applicants have had a wide range of health-related experience including working as nurses, health care assistants, admin in a health setting, health promotion, psychology assistant posts, research assistants, teaching. Newer graduates with an academic background incorporating health psychology with a plan for acquiring health-related work experience alongside the programme are also welcome to apply. Applicants should be able to demonstrate: Some experience with statistics, e.g. T tests, ANOVA, correlation, regression Experience of completing a dissertation or research project An understanding of experimental methods in psychology the scientific method, between subject designs, within subject designs, confounding variables, psychological measurement etc An understanding of basic cognitive processes memory, attention, schema An understanding of basic psychobiology the stress response, sleep An understanding of human learning operant and classical conditioning, social learning theory An understanding of depression, anxiety, other psychological disorders. For more information, including with regard to Disclosure of Criminal Background, please see the listing for this course on the UWE Bristol website, by clicking on the 'visit website' button to the left of this page.

University information

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