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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Psychology Specialisations

Course type


Course Summary

The first course of its kind to be accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS), our MSc Health Psychology provides the initial step towards gaining Chartered Psychologist status and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Health Psychologist.

The Health Psychology MSc is for individuals seeking advanced training in the application of psychological theories, methods and research to the understanding of health, illness and healthcare. It’s the first stage of accreditation towards becoming a Health Psychologist and follows the BPS Division of Health Psychology framework for teaching.

Taught in our multi-million-pound Science Centre, the course will help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the core issues and debates within health psychology theory, research and application. This includes exploring models and theories of health behaviour, considering the impact of living with long-term conditions, contemplating communication issues in healthcare settings – and investigating how psychology can impact on practice through areas such as health promotion and behavioural change.

In addition to support from the teaching team, our award-winning technicians will assist you. One has been awarded HEA Psychology Technician of the Year Award. Another achieved the ‘Best MSc Health Psychology Thesis’ by the Division of Health Psychology (DHP) and the BPS Technical Support in Psychological Teaching Award and is the current chair of the Association of Technical Staff in Psychology (ATSiP).

Our technicians provide high quality support, particularly in terms of research. Support is also available from our subject-specific librarian. A student-led journal club helps enhance critical evaluation skills.

We’ve recently introduced a new module to the course – Introduction to Applied Therapeutic and Clinical Skills.

Full-time students are required to attend the University on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term-time.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Health Psychology.


Graduates from the course have continued with further training, including the Professional Doctorate (Stage 2) in Health Psychology or a PhD. Graduates have also gone on to pursue a range of careers including:

Careers include:

  • Research assistants
  • Systematic reviewers
  • Assistant psychologists
  • Roles in drug and alcohol support
  • Stop-smoking advisors
  • Roles in public health / health promotion.


Assessment includes both informal (formative) and formal (summative) methods, including tutor and peer feedback and self-evaluation. You’ll receive clear guidance on the submission and marking of assessments and be given both verbal and written feedback.

Assessment methods are varied and will provide the opportunity to develop transferable skills. In addition, assessments are designed to include elements linked to real-word tasks to enable you to develop skills essential for a future career in health psychology.

To encourage you to achieve the highest grades, you’ll be required to demonstrate creativity, innovation, excellent research and critical evaluation skills. You must present your work in a compelling and authoritative style that illustrates your ability to synthesise evidence to support new ideas.

Summative assessment is included in each module and will be accompanied by detailed and constructive feedback to support you in identifying areas for improvement. There are no exams on this course and all summative assessments take the form of coursework and presentations.

Different course options

Full time | Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) | 13 months | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


13 months

Start date



Introduction to Applied Therapeutic and Clinical Skills - Core
Psychology Research Methods - Core
Communication Issues in Health Care Settings - Core
Impact and Experience of Long-term Conditions - Core
Dissertation - Core
Health Psychology Core Issues - Core
Applications of Health Psychology - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You’ll need: • A First or 2:1 (Hons) degree (or equivalent) in Psychology as recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). • An academic reference. • A personal statement outlining your interest in Health Psychology. Additional requirements for overseas applicants: • If you have not completed a British Psychological Society-accredited BSc at a UK university, you must obtain Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) from the BPS and include evidence of this with your application. If you don’t meet our entry criteria: • If you have a BSc (Hons) Psychology at a 2:2 level and recent relevant experience or other relevant qualifications, you may be eligible to register for the Certificate in Health Psychology, with the potential to progress to the MSc. In such cases, admission normally follows interview with the course director, and is at the discretion of the course team.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University offers many different postgraduate courses across a wide range of different subject areas and study options. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education located in Stafford and Shrewsbury. Students can study Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters, PGCE or PhDs at the University, and these...more