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Full time | Highfield Campus | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Psychology Specialisations

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Course Summary

About this course

Human behaviour is a leading cause of physical illness worldwide. MSc Health Psychology teaches you how psychology can be applied to improve well-being and prevent and manage long-term conditions.

On this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree, you’ll be taught by expert lecturers who are currently developing and testing interventions and theory in the field.

Health psychology master’s graduates will be prepared to progress towards becoming a registered, chartered health psychologist.

This UK postgraduate health psychology master’s will help you become a scientist practitioner in a health care setting.

Health psychology applies the educational, scientific and professional psychological principles to:

  • promote and maintain health
  • study the cause of illness
  • prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate physical illness
  • psychological, social, emotional and behavioural factors in physical illness
  • improving health care
  • the formulation of health policy

In Msc Health Psychology your taught study will focus around three themes:

  • biopsychosocial aspects of health
  • psychosocial aspects of illness and disability
  • psychological aspects of the delivery of health care

On this master’s in health psychology, you’ll select optional modules to tailor the course to suit your career goals. Popular module choices include the study of CBT, sexual health and gerontology.

You have the opportunity to experience practical learning as an apprentice to a health psychologist over 12 weeks and develop your reading of research papers and discussing them in a journal club with students on the course.

Our health psychology master’s degree is taught by active leading researchers and experts across the different areas of health psychology, interventions and research methods. You’ll have the opportunity to attend seminars from researchers at the Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology.

Previous students have pursued careers in the public, private and third sectors, working as psychologists in research, education and professional practice.


MSc Health Psychology graduates work in a variety of settings such as the NHS, Higher Education, health promotion, schools or industry.

Our graduates progress to a diverse range of employment and further training in the UK and overseas, including working in universities and other educational settings, human health activities including specialist medical and hospital-based activities, care work, and business.

Many of our graduates have also been successful in securing funding for PhD study.


This module introduces you to the scope of health psychology as an academic and applied branch of psychology. We explore patterns and causes of health and ill-health and examine a selection of major theoretical models. Key questions that we examine include: What is health psychology and why is it important? What is health and how can we measure it? How do psychological factors such as behaviour, personality, and social support influence health?

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Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree in Psychology or in a closely related subject.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more