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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Psychology Specialisations

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

This course is for students who want to study how psychology helps us understand health-related behaviours, and how it can have a positive impact on wellbeing.

It forms stage one of the training you need to become a charted psychologist member of the Division of Health Psychology within the BPS.

Why choose this course?

  • Study important topics facing society such as obesity, lifestyle and stress, and examine them from the viewpoint of staff currently researching these topics
  • Explore the explicit links between scientific theory and practice by showing how a critical understanding of theory may guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data within a given context
  • Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems, and acquire new insights into the theory and practice of health psychology
  • Gain a high level of knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods that will allow you to perform complex data analysis, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis, and develop your competence in a range of techniques including multivariate analyses
  • Benefit from the development of a strong sense of personal responsibility and professionalism that will enable you to practise or conduct research within ethical guidelines.

How will I be assessed?

The primary focus is to ensure build upon the core skills developed through successful achievement of the completed Graduate Basis for Chartered Status (via an approved undergraduate degree or conversion postgraduate course) and to move towards the competences required of a Health Psychologist as outlined in the Subject Benchmark statement for Psychology (QAA, 2016) and aims and objectives of a Stage 1 Qualification in Health Psychology as set out by the British Psychological Society (2017).

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Advanced Research Methods For Health Psychologists - Core
Dissertation (Health Psychology) - Core
Health Psychology In Context - Core
Lifestyle And Individual Differences - Core
Mechanisms Of Health And Disease - Core
Perceptions And Actions - Core
Professional Skills For Health Psychologists - Core
Public Health - Core
Stress, Coping And Chronic Disease - 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 should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. To be admitted to the course you are normally required: to have attained at least a second class honours degree in psychology; to provide evidence of the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

University information

Formed in 2006, the University of Bedfordshire is a modern university boasting innovative state-of-the-art facilities. These are: Luton Bedford Milton Keynes Aylesbury Putteridge Bury You can expect a high quality of teaching at the University of Bedfordshire, since the university was awarded silver in the very first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017, a significant achievement. The University is constantly...more

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