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MSc Health Psychology*

*New course for September 2021

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

Full-time (one-year) / Part-time (two-years) Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements:

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in Psychology or a recognised international equivalent
  • Alternatively, a postgraduate conversion diploma in psychology following completion of another degree subject
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.0 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification 

Fees:

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,900

University of Chichester alumni receive a 20% fee discount for 2021 entry.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Course content

  • Top 10 UK university for Psychology (The Guardian League Tables 2021)
  • 1st for research intensity (Complete University Guide League Tables 2021)
  • 1st for overall satisfaction, learning community, teaching on my course and academic support (NSS 2020)

The MSc Health Psychology course provides the initial step towards gaining Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Health Psychologist.

You’ll gain theoretical and empirical knowledge in all the major fields as required for Stage I training in Health Psychology. Following successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to progress to Stage 2 doctoral level training, leading to becoming a Chartered Psychologist and HCPC registered Health Psychologist.

By the end of the programme, you'll have an extensive overview of the field of Health Psychology, the skills and knowledge to enable you to carry out research in the domain of Health Psychology, and an awareness of different disciplinary perspectives on health and health-related issues.

The programme also provides the theoretical tools and methodological techniques necessary for those wishing to conduct Health Psychology research (including doctoral-level research).

 

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

Book an Open Day or Campus Tour to discover the campus and the facilities it has to offer. 

Where this can take you

  • The MSc Health Psychology course at the University of Chichester is designed to confer BPS Stage 1 training towards Chartered Psychologist status for those holding Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). MSc Health Psychology is a mandatory qualification for those wishing to continue to Stage 2 training and subsequent registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist: Health Psychologist.
  • This course is suitable as preparation for undertaking a PhD in Psychology and preparation for other areas of postgraduate training in general.
  • It provides a strong foundation for working in sectors outside psychology including academia, research, human resources, management, market research, communications, counselling, government, police work, the prison service and social research.

Indicative modules

Advanced Applied Psychology

The aim of this module is to enhance an in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary psychological issues that are central to the conduct of everyday life (e.g. persuasive health communications; health behaviour change; interventions in childhood). 

Advanced Applied Professional Skills in Psychology

The module will look to further develop understanding of underlying theory and enhance experience with practical skillsets across a wide range of professional psychology careers, including advanced research.  You’ll cover aspects of psychotherapy and clinical diagnosis, life coaching/mentoring skills, and will work with a wide range of technical equipment with psychological applications. You will critique approaches to psychotherapy and clinical diagnosis, and evaluate coaching/mentoring. 

Advanced Applied Research Skills 1 & 2

These modules are designed to equip you with a wide range of methodological skills to conduct research of high quality and impact in your chosen field, enabling you to become a successful professional researcher in psychology. 

Health Psychology in the 21st Century

You will be introduced to the sub-division of Health Psychology and to discuss fundamental theoretical and empirical issues that require attention and consideration by researchers working in this field. Having completed the module, you’ll possess a broad understanding of the scope of the discipline of Health Psychology.  

Understanding and Managing Long-term Chronic Health Conditions

This module provides you with advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice relating to the management of long-term health conditions.  Having completed the module, you will have a broad understanding of the psychological, social and cognitive influences on chronic illness and people’s management of chronic health conditions.  

Stress & Health

You will focus on the theories of stress and coping in relation to health and illness-related outcomes. Stress and coping will be addressed in the context of a variety of illnesses and life events from the perspective of the patients and their friends, family and carers. Treatment interventions will also be considered. In addition, attention will be given to issues relating to terminal illness, palliative care and bereavement in the broader context of the experience of death and dying. 

Dissertation

The Dissertation provides an opportunity to show evidence of ability to: identify problem areas, locate issues within a wider context, obtain relevant data, analyse findings, work within relevant theoretical/conceptual frameworks, synthesise complicated material, employ relevant and innovative research approaches, and present findings in an accessible manner. 

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Course modules are taught by a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, student led learning, and one-to-one supervision as appropriate.

Assessment

There will be a mix of assessment methods including essays, scientific reports, presentations and literature reviews.

Additional Costs

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