Health Psychology

Health Psychology

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: April 30
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: September
International tuition: £16,950
Domestic tuition: £7,000

Program overview

You’ll learn to use your knowledge of psychology to promote general wellbeing and understand physical illness. We will teach you the skills needed to help people deal with the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness, and to support people who are chronically ill. This MSc Health Psychology has a strong experiential focus and emphasises the application of health psychology to real world settings. The course includes contributions from healthcare practitioners. You will carry out a brief placement in a healthcare setting, which can include the NHS, third sector (charities) or industry, and you’ll usually arrange this placement yourself with support from the course team. You are encouraged to carry out research in healthcare contexts where possible. This Masters in Health Psychology is designed to meet the British Psychological Society’s requirements for Stage One training towards professional Health Psychologist status. Through formal teaching and practical experience, you’ll acquire relevant skills and core competencies as a basis for professional training in health psychology (Stage Two) or other applications of psychology to health issues.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
A minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in Psychology or related subject. A qualification recognised by British Psychological Society giving Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership is preferred. English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic) 54 overall with a minimum of 51 in each sub-skill; IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.

Career opportunities

Health Psychology is one of the fastest growing areas of applied psychology and our Masters provides you with the first stage of professional training towards becoming a health psychologist. Students intending to go on to become registered Health Psychologists can achieve this by working in healthcare or in academic posts. Scotland is unique in offering a two-year NHS-funded training course for Stage Two health psychology trainees. Health Psychologists are employed in various settings: health assessments and management strategies for chronically ill patients, for example, those with cancer or chronic pain rehabilitation programmes, e.g. for patients with coronary heart disease working with patients and carers in palliative care working with primary health care teams in the community health education and health promotion in educational or industrial settings conducting evaluative research in order to provide a research evidence base for health policy decisions. influencing health behaviours, for example in smoking cessation programmes, weight reduction, or sexual health carrying out teaching and research in academic settings teaching and training health care providers

Campus location

Stirling , United Kingdom

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