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Health Psychology MSc (Online)

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18 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Psychology Specialisations Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Study our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited distance learning Health Psychology MSc with Aston University, and discover more about how biology, psychology, behaviour, and social factors influence health and illness.


Health psychology investigates how the way we behave influences health, illness and how we care for people living with long-term conditions.

A health psychologist uses their knowledge of psychology to understand health behaviours and to develop psychological interventions to support behaviour change. They perform a vital role in a variety of areas such as:

Assisting patients with their emotional and psychological needs.
Working alongside healthcare professionals to help them establish clear communication and productive relationships with patients.
Working with health and social care organisations to develop protocols to engender good health and wellbeing.

From health inequalities and public health, to psychobiology of illness and long term conditions, online Health Psychology MSc will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the theory underpinning health psychology. This course has been designed to give you an ideal base for a rewarding career in health psychology and related fields.

Distance learning

This course is delivered fully online via distance learning, and has been designed to allow you to fit your work and life commitments around your studies, wherever in the world you may be. You’ll have between 18 months and three years to complete the programme, depending on your chosen speed of study.

All teaching and learning materials are available online via Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. You’ll have access to teaching staff and tutors throughout and in addition, the Aston library provides a wide range of online services.

Professional accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers Stage 1 Training to become a Health Psychologist.

Career Prospects

Many of our graduates go on to complete further training (Stage 2) to become a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Health Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Stage 2 of the training involves developing and demonstrating competences in research, teaching and training, practice and consultancy.


Research Project - Core
Psychobiology of Illness and Long-term Conditions - Core
Health Behaviours and Behaviour Change Interventions - Core
Advanced Research Methods in Health Psychology - Core
Health Inequalities and Public Heath - Core

Tuition fees

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Applicants with an undergraduate Psychology Honours Degree, normally 2.1 or above, as this grade makes student eligible for Graduate Basis Recognition of the British Psychological Society (BPS) will be considered. Students who are applying from outside the UK, or who do not have a BPS accredited Bachelor’s degree in Psychology must check with the BPS to see if they qualify for Graduate Basis Registration (GBR). We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.