MSc Health Psychology

  • Programme duration: approximately 2.5 years (part-time and online)
  • Programme start: January 2021

Learn how to improve others’ wellbeing through behaviour change interventions.

Start on the pathway towards researching and understanding the psychological and emotional aspects of health, physical illness, and wellbeing.

This programme* will give you the specialist knowledge required to support behavioural changes in those with illness, long-term health conditions or people physically well but wanting to improve their health. You will develop your confidence when leading a range of interventions, which might vary from promoting an increased level of exercise, recommending a healthier diet, or leading smoking cessation groups. You will also build on your existing research and consultancy skills, learning best practices to improve your ability in this area.

You will study core modules focusing on topics such as health-related behaviour, the application of health psychology to long-term conditions, and lifespan and socio-cultural perspectives.

Download a brochure for more details on this programme including module information.

* This programme is currently in the final stages of our validation process. This means that details of this programme, including modules and start date, are subject to change. The majority of programmes with this status are approved, however in the case that the programme is not validated by your start date, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund. We will communicate any changes to the programme as early as possible.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess either:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in psychology, equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree.

All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 7.0.


Fees and funding

The full tuition fee for the MSc Health Psychology is £18,000* (2020/2021 academic year). This fee is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.

Students living in England may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the costs of your degree.

If you are not eligible for a student loan, we offer a simple monthly payment plan to spread the cost of your tuition over the duration of your studies. If you choose to pay the full tuition fee upfront, you will receive a 5% discount.

We also offer a scholarship of up to 15% of your tuition fee. For more details, please speak to our admissions team.

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.



Apply for this course by completing a simple online form.

In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation:

  • School or college transcripts/certificates
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable
  • Degree certificates
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (EU and international applicants only)
  • Personal statement
  • Two references (on letter headed paper, signed and dated).

Acknowledgement of your application

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration.

Students with disabilities

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support.


We have regular start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they have special requirements.


Career Prospects

This programme is the beginning of the pathway to Chartered Health Psychology status, if students want to later complete Stage Two of the health psychology training route (through the BPS or accredited provider). This Masters is also well received in other psychology areas: for example, for students wanting to complete Clinical Psychology training. Typically, students will be able to pursue careers in health promotion, public health, policy environments or research, teaching and academia. Many students will go on to further study.

You may go on to complete the Stage Two of the healthy psychology training route in order to become a Chartered Health Psychologist. If a student does not have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership then this MSc will not be Stage 1 of Health Psychology pathway unless they acquire this during the programme.

Please note: this programme does not provide a route into clinical or mental health settings where you would be undertaking clinical assessments and providing advice and/or treatments in mental health issues such as anxiety, depression or learning difficulties.

Alongside subject-specific knowledge you gain during the programme, you will also develop professional skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking and leadership. These will enhance your CV, allowing you to improve your career prospects and access more senior roles.