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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Psychology Specialisations

Course type


Course Summary


Understand why our healthy new years’ resolutions always fizzle out despite our good intentions. Explore how our brains and bodies process stress and how psychology could help you fight off your next cold. Discover how to assess neuropsychological function.

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.

Some of the topics you’ll consider include the factors that make a person vulnerable to developing conditions like coronary heart disease and why where people live matters to their health outcomes.

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. You’ll complete a 70-hour work-based learning opportunity to apply your health psychology learning and build your work experience.


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.

To practise as a health psychologist in the UK, you’ll need to have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), having completed a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited undergraduate psychology degree or conversion course. Following your MSc Health Psychology at Manchester Met, you will need to complete doctoral-level health psychology training and register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Once you’re registered, you could work in a variety of health, social care and business settings. You might work at an NHS hospital or in a private practice, in marketing for a health-related commercial organisation or for stop smoking services.

Other areas you might develop your career in are local authorities, think tanks, charities or research departments in universities. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.

Different course options

Full time | Manchester Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

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Full time


1 year

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In this unit you'll critically appraise theories and models of health behaviour and learn key approaches to behaviour change intervention design, testing and evaluation particularly for use in promoting health.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need to have a 2:1 or above in an honours degree course in psychology or a related subject, or an overseas equivalent in a related subject. A BPS-accredited psychology undergraduate degree (or equivalent through a psychology conversion course) conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) is desirable but not essential to study on our MSc Health Psychology. However, please note that you would need GBC if, following your MSc, you intended to pursue further doctoral-level training to become a qualified Health Psychologist in the UK.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. The award-winning, inspirational campus in the heart of Manchester provides vibrant learning spaces and excellent facilities across modern and historical buildings that reflect their teaching excellence since 1824. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at...more