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Full time | Collegiate Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Psychology Specialisations

Course type


Course Summary

Course summary

  • Meet the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Stage 1 requirements for progression to becoming a Health Psychologist.
  • Gain knowledge, skills, values and academic approach to secure employment or career development within a variety of health-related settings.

Successfully completing the course provides you with the skills to progress onto Stage 2 Health Psychology training including the BPS accredited Doctoral Programme in Health Psychology, which confers eligibility for registration as a Practitioner Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

How you learn

The course content includes perspectives and contexts in health research and practice, introduction to research methods, health cognitions and behaviour, psychobiological determinants of health, applications and practice of health psychology, client groups and stakeholders, advanced research methods and a research project.

You learn through

  • online study
  • group work
  • problem solving
  • practitioner skills workshops
  • research conferences

Modules combine online learning with monthly on-campus study days. This provides flexible learning opportunities to enable a diverse range of students to study alongside employment and/or family commitments. Students attend a block week on campus in September, before typically attending one day per month thereafter.

Our course leaders are experts in clinical health practitioner work in private practice and in the NHS. The course includes an introduction to a range of applied skills that you will practice during on-campus study days.

Applied practitioner skills include

  • motivational interviewing techniques
  • conflict resolution skills relevant to working in multidisciplinary healthcare teams
  • consultation and collaborative treatment planning
  • solution-focused counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • the communication of bad news
  • critical self-reflection and ethical reasoning

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • psychology practitioner
  • psychology academic
  • public health
  • research
  • education
  • industry
  • health promotion.


Learning And Teaching For Practice (Distance Learning) (15 Credits) - Core
Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) (15 Credits) - Core
Client Groups And Stakeholders (60 Credits) - Core
Perspectives, Contexts And Issues In Health Research And Practice (15 Credits) - Core
Applications And Practice Of Health Psychology (15 Credits) - Core
Health Cognitions And Behaviour (15 Credits) - Core
Healthcare Contexts: Work Based Reflection (15 Credits) - Core
Introduction To Research Methods (15 Credits) - Core
Health Psychology Research Project (15 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

This course is not eligible for full-time Student visa sponsorship.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need one of the following: BSc or BA Psychology giving Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) with a 2.1 or above; GBC by an alternative route, for example by examination, or by BPS acceptance of an overseas psychology degree. Applications from students who have achieved a 2.2 psychology degree will be considered by the course leadership team. Where there is evidence that at least two of the following criteria have been met the applicant may be offered a place on the course. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam.

University information

When studying a postgraduate degree at Sheffield Hallam University, students will be working at the cutting edge using the latest techniques, ideas, practices, and insights to address contemporary issues in their discipline, professional practice and the workplace. There are over 30,000 students at Sheffield Hallam University, and just over 6,000 of those are studying at postgraduate level. The university places a particular focus on...more