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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Psychology Specialisations

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

If you want to build on your health psychology knowledge to more fully understand health and health behaviours; to better help patients better manage their long-term illness or recovery; or to help healthcare professionals improve their provision – then our MSc Health Psychology course is for you.

On this course, you'll get a thorough grounding in the main areas (practice, theory and research) of health psychology. You'll learn how mental, emotional and social factors can affect physical wellbeing, and how to prevent them doing so. You’ll also learn how a patient's mental and emotional state is affected by an illness and their recovery from it – and develop the skills and knowledge to support them.

We recognise the value of work experience and so a work experience placement is a central part of the course. We expect students to complete 100 hours of work placement activity and will support students in identifying suitable opportunities.

And if you'd rather dive straight into your career once you graduate, you'll also be ready for work in areas such as commercial research, smoking cessation, health promotion and chronic illness management.

Accreditation

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), our Master’s degree is recognised as a Stage 1 course, which is a prerequisite step towards gaining chartered status as a health psychologist. On successful completion of this course you’ll be able to apply onto Stage 2, whereby trainees work towards achieving status as a Chartered member of the BPS (CPsychol) and a Registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn in small groups from experts in the field of health psychology
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a competitive placement or be supported to find your own placement and achieve unique and valuable workplace experience, whilst supported by a placement tutor.
  • Learn about the role of health psychology in the NHS/world, health psychology theories, intervention development, develop your professional competence/ development
  • Be taught in accordance with the academic requirements of the Division of Health Psychology and the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Have access to our wide range of Research Suites and Laboratories and attend regular research seminars.
  • Receive expert guidance on the application of over 300 psychometric tests including those designed for adults, children, education and post-traumatic stress as well as over 50 specific to the Health Psychology field.

Through our existing networks, students will forge many useful links with the local community whilst they are studying. For example, the University of Portsmouth is in Partnership with local NHS Trusts which allows us to work collaboratively with local healthcare providers. We also have active networks linking the University with the local community and wider, for example, the University of Portsmouth Ageing Network (UPAN).

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Health Psychology degree?

After the course you could:

  • work in the NHS or other healthcare-related services – for example, smoking cessation, health promotion, mental health and chronic illness management
  • undertake research or take a teaching position in Higher Education
  • do a PhD in a related area
  • join a clinical research organisation and get involved in setting up and carrying out research projects
  • get a place on a clinical training course or other related training such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Treatment)

Modules

Applied Health Psychology and Placement (30 Credits)
Psychobiological Aspects of Health (30 Credits)
Health Research Methods, Measurement and Analysis (30 Credits)
Health Psychology Research Project (60 Credits)
Theories and Intervention Approaches in Health Psychology (30 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£9,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£16,400

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have or expect to obtain at least a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology or closely related subject that is recognised by The British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). Applicants from other degree subjects containing a significant element of psychology, may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

University information

Over 4,000 postgraduate students call the University of Portsmouth campus home. An ideal choice for postgraduate students, the university has great research credentials, excelling in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science. 89% of its research in physics, and 90% of its research in allied health professions was rated as either ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework in...more

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