About this course
Human behaviour is a leading cause of physical illness worldwide. MSc Health Psychology teaches you how psychology can be applied to improve well-being and prevent and manage long-term conditions.
On this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree, you’ll be taught by expert lecturers who are currently developing and testing interventions and theory in the field.
Health psychology master’s graduates will be prepared to progress towards becoming a registered, chartered health psychologist.
This UK postgraduate health psychology master’s will help you become a scientist practitioner in a health care setting.
Health psychology applies the educational, scientific and professional psychological principles to:
- promote and maintain health
- study the cause of illness
- prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate physical illness
- psychological, social, emotional and behavioural factors in physical illness
- improving health care
- the formulation of health policy
In Msc Health Psychology your taught study will focus around three themes:
- biopsychosocial aspects of health
- psychosocial aspects of illness and disability
- psychological aspects of the delivery of health care
On this master’s in health psychology, you’ll select optional modules to tailor the course to suit your career goals. Popular module choices include the study of CBT, sexual health and gerontology.
You have the opportunity to experience practical learning as an apprentice to a health psychologist over 12 weeks and develop your reading of research papers and discussing them in a journal club with students on the course.
Our health psychology master’s degree is taught by active leading researchers and experts across the different areas of health psychology, interventions and research methods. You’ll have the opportunity to attend seminars from researchers at the Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology.
Previous students have pursued careers in the public, private and third sectors, working as psychologists in research, education and professional practice.
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Dr Felicity Bishop is the course leader. She is a health psychologist working on an interdisciplinary programme of mixed methods research around complementary therapies and placebo effects in health care. Find out more about Dr Bishop’s work and research by visiting their staff profile.
This course is accredited by:
MSc Health Psychology at Southampton
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in Psychology or in a closely related subject.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is a full-time master’s course. You’ll study for 12 months, from September to the following September.
You'll study the taught part of your course over semesters 1 and 2. This is made up of modules that everyone on the course takes, and 1-2 modules we’ll ask you to choose from out of a list of 10, these include topics include:
- cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- apprenticeships in health psychology
- ageing societies
- social policy
You’ll also attend bespoke skills workshops, focusing on:
- psychological interventions
- research skills (including interviewing)
- communication to support behaviour change
- practicing professional skills
During semester 2 you’ll also begin preparing for your dissertation.
For the last 3 months, over the summer, you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
The part-time study option of this course runs for 27 months, starting in September and running to December the following year.
You’ll study the taught part from September to May of year 2, and the remaining months are spent on your dissertation.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
You’ll learn through lectures and seminars, both with active class discussion. You’ll take part in individual, paired and group activities, debates and presentations.
As part of this project management MSc you’ll take part in interactive workshops to help you develop your practical skills.
You’ll be encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and grow your knowledge on topics.
We'll assess you through:
- a behaviour change diary
- a mini systematic review
- 3 skills portfolios; containing professional development plans and training logs
- research methods reports on your own mini qualitative project and the analysis of quantitative datasets
As part of this course, you’ll complete a 10,000-word dissertation project.
Expert supervisors will present their research expertise and opportunities to you so you can select a supervisor for the dissertation.
You'll choose from a wide range of subject areas under the supervision of an expert in the field. Find out more about the health psychology research that our staff undertake at the Centre for Applications of Health Psychology.
Students have also been supervised by colleagues from other subject areas in The University of Southampton, including:
- Macmillan Survivorship Research Group
- psychologists based in medicine
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
MSc Health Psychology graduates work in a variety of settings such as the NHS, Higher Education, health promotion, schools or industry.
Our graduates progress to a diverse range of employment and further training in the UK and overseas, including working in universities and other educational settings, human health activities including specialist medical and hospital-based activities, care work, and business.
Many of our graduates have also been successful in securing funding for PhD study.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
You must get your application to us by the end of the day on 31 July 2021. You must supply all supporting documentation at least 2 weeks before starting your course.
We cannot guarantee you'll be able to start your course if you do not meet these deadlines.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000