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MSc Health Psychology - 1 yr(s)

Health psychology is the educational, scientific, and professional contributions of psychology to: understanding the promotion and maintenance of health and the aetiology of illness, the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of physical illness, the study of psychological, social, emotional, and behavioural factors in physical illness, the improvement of the health care system, and formulation of health policy. This masters in health psychology programme aims to train people who will become scientist-practitioners working in a range of health settings.

Introducing your course

Human behaviour is a root cause of much physical illness. Take the MSc in Health Psychology and explore how psychological knowledge can improve wellbeing and manage chronic illness.  Studying biopsychosocial aspects of health and illness, you will learn to develop and evaluate cutting-edge interventions to promote healthy lifestyles and effective coping with illness.  Apply for our masters degree in Health Psychology and gain the knowledge and skills to use psychology to really make a difference to people’s lives.

Overview

The BPS-accredited MSc Health Psychology programme extends over one full calendar year for full-time students and two years for part-time students

On this masters in health psychology the core taught component of the programme extends over two semesters. There are seven core modules, covering health psychology and research methods.  In addition to the core modules, you will be expected to take one optional unit and attend a bespoke series of generic skills workshops during your MSc Health Psychology studies.

The MSc Health Psychology Programme Director is Dr Felicity Bishop.  The Deputy Programme Director is Dr Daniel Schoth.

Visit the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You should apply for this health psychology masters degree using the University's online application form.

Closing date for 2016/17 (for fully completed applications): 31st July 2016.

Funding

For information on tuition fees, funding and related topics visit the Postgraduate Fees and Funding page

Accreditation

This MSc Health Psychology programme is BPS accredited

Good Clinical Practice

Any student doing NHS research needs to take a Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course as well as get a research passport.

Key Facts

  • Core health psychology modules cover Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health; Psychosocial Aspects of Illness and Disability; Psychology and the Delivery of Health Care
  • Specialist optional modules include Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Clinical Psychology; Ageing, Health and Wellbeing.
  • Programme staff are active leading researchers with diverse interests and expertise across health psychology and qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Students are encouraged to attend regular seminars from leading researchers at the Centre for Applications of Health Psychology

Improving health and wellbeing

Dr Felicity Bishop, Programme Director and Dr Daniel Schoth, Deputy Programme Director, give an overview of the MSc Health Psychology.

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Cover to eHandbook for MSc Health Psychology
Programme eHandbook
The British Psychology Society
The British Psychology Society

Meet our academic team

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: 16

Average applications per place: 6

With effect from 2015/16, International applicants are required to have an overall IELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 6.5 in each sub-score (or equivalent).

Selection for this masters in health psychology programme is on the basis of online application form with:

  • Personal statement
  • Degree certificate/s (& translated version if necessary)
  • Degree transcript/s (& translated version if necessary)
  • English Language Qualification (if applicable)
  • Two academic references

Health psychology masters applicants may be interviewed.

The MSc Health Psychology programme is designed for graduates from BPS-accredited Psychology degrees, normally of first or upper second class (2.1).

Applicants will need a 2.1 in all statistics modules taken and preferably will have some knowledge of SPSS.

If your first degree is non BPS accredited you may still apply for this programme but you will not be conferred Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)* .  If you need GBC you may first need to take a further ('top-up') postgraduate diploma or accredited conversion course.

The British Psychological Society can advise you on how to proceed if you are not sure whether you will need GBC in the future.

* formerly Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR)  

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

This MSc Health Psychology programme extends over one full calendar year for full-time students and two years for part-time students.

The core taught component of this health psychology masters programme extends over two semesters. There are seven core modules, covering health psychology and research methods. In addition to the core modules, you will be expected to take one optional unit and attend a bespoke series of generic skills workshops.

You can find a description of each module in this masters in health psychology programme eHandbook

Year 1

All students take 7 core modules, 1 or 2 optional modules and a 10,000 word dissertation.

PSYC6022 MSc Dissertation

The dissertation forms the largest single component of the MSc, and consists of an original piece of research, designed, executed and written up according to programme guidelines, in a report of approximately (but not exceeding) 10,000 words (excluding references and bibliography). This work is carried out by students independently under individual supervision. Each year supervisors present their research expertise and opportunities to students to help them select a supervisor for the dissertation. Find out more about the health psychology research that our staff undertake at the Centre for Applications of Health Psychology.

Core modules

Semester One

PSYC6001 Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health

PSYC6003 Psychosocial Aspects of Illness and Disability

RESM6009 ARM-qualitative methods

RESM6012 ARM-planning and designing research

 

Semester Two

PSYC6002 Psychology and The Delivery of Health Care

RESM6010 ARM-group comparisons

RESM6011 ARM-correlational methods

 

Optional modules

You should select optional module(s) to the total value of 20 credits from the modules listed.

You are welcome to contact the programme director, deputy director, or personal academic tutor for advice on choosing your optional module(s).

If you have studied with the University at undergraduate level, you must not select an equivalent module.

 

Semester One

PSYC6104 Introduction to CBT Theory and Skills

PSYC6109 Concepts and Skills

PSYC6056 Social and Psychological Approaches to Understanding Sexual Health

PSYC6110 Current and Emerging Issues in Psycho-Oncology and Pain Research

RESM6001 Philosophy of Social Science Research (10 credits)

 

Semester Two

PSYC6128 Apprenticeship in Health Psychology

GERO6019 Demographic Change, Ageing and Globalisation

PSYC6055 Statistical Programming in R

PSYC 6106 Evidence based treatments for Anxiety Disorders

GERO6020 Ageing, Health and Well-being

PSYC6046 Advanced Statistical Methods in Psychology

N.B. For this module you will need to have a general knowledge of statistics. If you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification in Statistics, please contact your Student Office.

RESM6006 Qualitative Methods 2

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryPSYC 6022 Dissertation: Limited funding on successful application to the course director is available from the Psychology department to cover travel or other expenses for patients in research studies. Any student doing NHS research needs to take a Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course as well as get a research passport. You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksPSYC 6022 Dissertation: Limited funding on successful application to the course director is available from the Psychology department to cover travel or other expenses for patients in research studies. Any student doing NHS research needs to take a Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course as well as get a research passport. You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
EquipmentPhotography: Photographic and video recording equipment is available on loan from the Psychology department. Recording Equipment: Recording equipment is available on loan from the Psychology department.
Printing and copying£20 is available from the Psychology department to cover printing and photocopying of survey material for research studies.
FieldworkPSYC 6022 Dissertation: Students need to self-fund any travel expenses incurred in collecting data.
Any student doing NHS research will be required to complete a DBS check, the cost of which students are expected to self-fund.
Conference expenses Should students wish to attend any conferences during their study they would be expected to fund this themselves.
OtherOptional Visits (e.g. museums, galleries) For any optional visits organised by the course students are expected to self-fund travel costs. Parking Costs: Should students wish to apply for a parking permit at UoS they would be expected to fund this themselves.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Highfield Campus, Shackleton Building (B44)

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