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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)

Top 10
University for Psychology
for research intensity out of 101 UK Psychology departments
in Psychology for overall satisfaction
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. Complete University Guide League Tables 2021 | 3. NSS 2020

Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements:

  • The programme is suitable for those who are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society, or a recognised international equivalent. A lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree or equivalent may be accepted with evidence of further study or relevant work experience.
  • To join as a Graduate Member, you'll need to have achieved at least a 2:2 and passed the empirical project in an undergraduate degree accredited by the society or to have completed an accredited conversion course. 
  • Alternatively, a postgraduate conversion diploma in psychology following completion of another degree subject. 
  • If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall. 
  • Applicants are encouraged to have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society if they want to pursue a career as a Chartered Health Psychologist in the UK.  



Course content

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.

It is a research-based course with a good level of statistics and different research methods included,

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 research 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).

Accredited course

The course meets the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means you will be eligible for a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS. This will help you stand out from the crowd by gaining a professionally recognised degree.

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.

Specialist psychology facilities

Psychology labs and equipment

Our specialist psychology facilities and equipment include:

  • Brain Imaging Unit
  • Virtual Reality Unit
  • Psychological Test Centre for psychometric assessments
  • Individual testing cubicles
  • Interview and Observation Suite
  • Eye tracking software
  • Biopac software to measure brain, heart and motor neuron activity
  • Inquisit –  an extensive library of psychological testing paradigms for measuring and manipulating a broad range of psychological constructs
  • aLIAS - an affective immersive emotional Virtual Reality stimuli package which allows researchers to create ‘different worlds’
  • NIRScout - a cutting edge 3D scalable neuroimaging platform with a dedicated ultra-high-density near-infrared spectroscopy system which measures changes in the cerebral cortex

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 a 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.

Course accreditations

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Indicative modules

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.  

Stress and 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. Attention will also be given to issues relating to terminal illness, palliative care and bereavement in the broader context of the experience of death and dying. 

Advanced Applied Social and Health Psychology

This module aims 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). 

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.  

Clinical Psychology, Life Coaching and Technological Applications

The module will look to further develop an 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 Research Methods and Approaches 1

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


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


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

Meet the lecturers

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you.


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

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 


Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Please email Dr Sue Churchill or our Admission team for more information.