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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Psychology Specialisations

Course type


Course Summary

Health psychology is a rapidly growing discipline, which can make a huge contribution to some of the big health issues currently facing society. On this course, you’ll ask questions about the key health issues facing our communities, from our ageing population to pressurised health services, global health challenges and health inequalities. You’ll explore human behaviour, health behaviour change, neuropsychology and research methods. And, you’ll seek ways to improve health, illness and healthcare systems through applying psychological theory and practical methods. You might apply psychology to ensuring that children get enough physical activity, in understanding the experience of people living with a stroke, or how we can help people with diabetes to take their medications. You’ll also study the principles and practice of research and evaluation, applying these skills to a field-based dissertation. Usually, you’ll focus on applied research in a service that you have a link with, such as a health organisation, charity or community group. Your understanding of human behaviour, health behaviour change, neuropsychology and research methods gained on this course will enable you to apply for graduate roles in many sectors. You could find yourself working in an NHS team, or in a commercial, charitable or research organisation. Alternatively, you may want to go on to pursue a PhD or train to become a qualified Health Psychologist.

Different course options

Full time | Manchester Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Biological Mechanisms and Neuropsychological Health - Core
Research Principles and Methods - Core
Service Evaluation and Development Research Dissertation - Core
Individual differences, beliefs and perceptions - Core
Behaviour Change Approaches for Long-term Conditions - Core
Intervention Design and Evaluation in Health Psychology - Core
Contextual Issues and Professional Practice - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need to have an 2:1 or above in an honours degree course in psychology or a related subject, or an overseas equivalent in a related subject. You do not need a BPS-accredited psychology degree to study on this MSc, but you will need this to pursue further UK health psychology training following the course.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University is a great modern university located in the global city of Manchester, a city renowned for excellence, innovation, creativity and sport. Manchester Met has one of the widest range of postgraduate study options; from part-time to full-time, short courses to continuing professional development, Masters of Arts / Science and longer-term Research and PhD opportunities across many subject areas. Manchester is...more