MSc Health Psychology

  • Programme duration: approximately 2.5 years (part-time and online)
  • Programme start: 6 April, 8 June, 10 August, 12 October
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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.

*An application for the BPS accreditation of this programme has been submitted to the British Psychological Society.


Course structure

This programme consists of the following modules. You are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full Master of Science, 120 credits to achieve the postgraduate diploma (PG Dip), 60 credits to achieve the postgraduate certificate (PG Cert) and 30 credits to achieve the postgraduate award (PG Award).

  • Fundamental Issues in Health Psychology (15 credits)
  • Research Methods I - Quantitative Methods (15 credits)
  • Health Related Behaviour and Cognitions (15 credits)
  • Research Methods II - Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
  • Lifespan and Socio-Cultural Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Health Promotion, Behaviour Change and Interventions (15 credits)
  • Professional Issues and Skills (15 credits)
  • Health Psychology and Long Term Conditions (15 credits)
  • Empirical Project (60 credits)

For more information on the modules, including syllabus and learning outcomes, please download our programme booklet.


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 tuition fee for the MSc Health Psychology is £18,000* (2020/2021 academic year).

However, we are currently offering a scholarship of 15%, reducing the fee to
. For more details, please speak to our admissions team.

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.

*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 or apply for a PhD. 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 health psychology training route in order to become a Chartered Health Psychologist. If you do not have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership then this MSc will not be Stage 1 of Health Psychology pathway unless you acquire this during the programme.

Alongside subject-specific health psychology knowledge you gain during the programme, you will also develop professional skills such as oral and written communication skills, critical thinking, research experience and evidence synopsis skills. You will also have a breadth of understanding around issues applicable to many health settings, for example, ethics and associated processes, the policy landscape of health (generally) and psychology (specifically) and skills in decision making in complex and unpredictable environments. These will enhance your CV, allowing you to improve your career prospects.