Health Psychology MSc

Health Psychology MSc

School of Psychology


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years

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Why study this programme?

MSc Health Psychology provides an advanced training in fundamental theoretical, methodological and empirical areas of Health Psychology. The course addresses key contemporary themes within health psychology such as the psychosocial models of disease and contemporary methodological approaches to health psychology research
the development and evaluation of health interventions

UCLan’s postgraduate Health Psychology is a British Psychology Society-accredited postgraduate professional training course. It fulfils Stage I postgraduate training requirements in health psychology. In conjunction with Stage II postgraduate training, it equips you for practice as a Registered Health Psychologist with the Health Professions Council and eligibility for Chartered status with the British Psychological Society.

Entry Requirements

Students should have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree in Psychology (or an equivalent Psychology qualification) recognised by the BPS as conferring GBC.

Students with a degree that does not confer GBC, but has a good match of curriculum, and/or with a relevant lower second class honours degree, but showing a good final year performance, including a good quality dissertation/research project, will be considered on an individual basis.

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent qualifications

Programme at a Glance

Modules Inlcude:

  • PS 4321 Health Psychology: Core Psychobiological Issues
  • PS 4322 Health Psychology: Core Psychosocial Issues
  • PS 4323 Health Psychology: Core Intervention Issues

  • PS 4324 Professional Issues In Health Psychology
  • PS 4325 Measurement Issues and Outcomes
  • PS 4700 Advanced Methods in Psychology
  • PS 4940 Advanced Health Psychology Project

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Monday 29th June, 2015.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Commended by the Division of Health Psychology Training Committee (DHPTC), this course has been recognised for its excellence in handling the core curriculum, investment in the infrastructure for health psychology research, very high level of student satisfaction, and for the enthusiasm of the teaching team.

MSc Health Psychology provides an advanced training in fundamental theoretical, methodological and empirical areas of Health Psychology. The course addresses key contemporary themes within health psychology such as the psychosocial models of disease (eg the link between stress and heart disease), the development and evaluation of health interventions (eg smoking cessation or nutritional education), and contemporary methodological approaches to health psychology research (eg salivary hormone assessment of stress, auditing daily life stress, advanced methods in research design). A substantial component of the course is the advanced research project. You are encouraged to develop your expertise in an area of special interest under the supervision of a member of the course team whose research experience complements your interests.

As part of the professional training route for Chartered Health Psychologists, the MSc in Health Psychology will develop your expertise in key health psychology competencies, and equip you to work in a range of academic and clinical settings. The training will prepare you to apply psychology research/methodologies in the prevention and management of disease, the promotion of health behaviours, the identification of risk factors for disease, the assessment of health care systems, or the development of health policy. This course is divided into three single-module courses, two half-module courses, one double-module course, and a three-module research dissertation. Two-thirds of the course is devoted to advancing students' knowledge in the core curriculum areas identified by the BPS. The remaining third is comprised of the advanced research project, an opportunity to conduct a major piece of empirical work in an area of special interest, and an exercise which gives the student the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in research design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

Programme Specification

To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme specification.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400



Full-time: £5,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £525 per module (UK/EU)

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Learning Environment and Assessment

We aim to provide the best possible facilities for our students. The School is based in the new multi-million pound Darwin Building. This was purpose-built for Psychology. There are specialist teaching and research rooms such as the Video Observation Suite, the Health Psychology Suite, and Cognitive and Sport Laboratories. These provide great space for equipment such as the movement analysis system and electronic physiological measures. The Building also includes a state-of-the-art lecture theatre and computer rooms. Teaching and research staff all have their offices in Darwin Building, along with the School Office and Technical Support. Students have their own resource room, and are encouraged to make use of the great facilities and test material in their own final year research project.

The course is assessed through a mixture of exams (22 per cent), statistical lab assignments (22 per cent), coursework (22 per cent), and an advanced research dissertation (33 per cent).


This is Part One of a two-stage postgraduate training in Health Psychology leading to Registration as a Health Psychologist with the HPC and Chartered status with the BPS. Registered Health Psychologists work in academic and health settings, teaching students and health professionals, research, assessing patients, managing clinical interventions, informing health promotion and public health policy.