Northumbria University Newcastle - Health Psychology MSc

Northumbria University Newcastle

Health Psychology MSc

Our MSc in Health Psychology covers the application of psychological theories, research and methodologies to the study of health and disease processes. This British Psychological Society accredited, master's course is ideal for those looking for a career in health psychology.

Using a blend of research-led teaching and practical experiences, on this course you will explore:

  • The theoretical models of health psychology and how they are applied in practice
  • How individual differences influence health through the lifespan
  • The management of health from individual to a societal level
  • Show psychological factors get inside the body and lead to illness

You will learn from an expert team with a variety of health-related backgrounds and excellent research records. Through our experience and networks, we will ensure that you and your learning are at the cutting edge of health psychology.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology (or MSc equivalent), or a minimum of a 2:1 in another subject including relevant work experience.

Applicants must produce a personal statement detailing their reasons for applying to the Health Psychology course at Northumbria University. In some cases, applicants will be required to answer additional questions related to research methods and background knowledge into Health Psychology.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

  • Northumbria University's accredited Stage 1 British Psychological Society (BPS) Health Psychology Masters ensures graduates complete the course with a real understanding of research and practice in the world of health psychology. You will gain a thorough knowledge of cutting-edge issues in the sector and develop a range of transferable skills.
  • Our career focused course prepares you for roles in the areas of health promotion, healthcare delivery, illness management and rehabilitation. Previous graduates have gone on to work across the spectrum of health-related psychology disciplines locally, nationally and globally. Some work as assistant psychologists in the NHS, charitable organisations and the private sector, some have moved on to research posts, and others are undertaking PhDs.
  • The broad skills-base means that health psychologists are also attractive to consultancy companies looking for expertise in training, research or intervention.

Course Details

  • The MSc in Health Psychology is a careful blend of research-led teaching and practical experience. You will cover the core areas of Health Psychology, as identified by the British Psychological Society.
  • While our teaching methods include traditional lectures, seminars and discussion groups, we place a strong emphasis on non-traditional methods of learning. These include interactive and practical learning sessions. This approach has been developed around the techniques that you will need in the workplace after graduation.

Year One

Academic Language Skills (ALS) for PG Psychology Students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Health Psychology in Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
Lifespan, Individual and Cultural Perspectives on Health Psychology (20 Credits)
Psychosomatic Pathways to Health and Illness (20 Credits)
Systems Approaches to Understanding Health and Disease (20 Credits)
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (20 Credits)
Professional Skills (20 Credits)
MSc Thesis (Core,60 Credits)

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