Taught course

Health Psychology

De Montfort University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

  • Applicants are usually expected to possess (or be predicted to obtain) a First or 2:1 award from a BPS-accredited psychology course. Students with a 2.2 award will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider applications from students with non-Psychology undergraduate awards of 2.1 or above where candidates can justify significant experience in a health context and/or knowledge of health practices, policies and systems
  • You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) disclosure application form (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. If you are unable to attend, alternative arrangements may be made

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

Designed and delivered in collaboration with researchers and practitioners within the field, the Health Psychology course will give you the opportunity to explore the many ways in which psychology can be applied to an understanding of health and illness and to modern healthcare systems.

Reasons to study Health Psychology at DMU:

  • Enhance your employability across a range of career paths within health and social care

  • Professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) the course has been commended on the quality of student support, management of practitioner input, research methods training, range of assessments, links with local communities and services, and the development of inter-professional skills

  • Suitable for recent graduates and experienced professionals looking to enhance their specialist skills and career opportunities

  • Develop your practical and professional skills through multi-disciplinary hospital and community-based learning experiences

  • Benefit from inter-professional learning and develop a range of transferrable skills, alongside individuals from a range backgrounds

  • Our experienced academic staff and many of our recent graduates have presented their innovative research at national and international conferences

Health Psychology benefits from two distinctive strands especially pertinent to working as a contemporary health psychologist; social and cultural diversity and inter-professional relationships.

“A postgraduate degree helps you to better understand your subject, and also further your knowledge of the career options available to you. My experience at DMU has been really enjoyable. I’ve learnt a lot about the course and what it takes to be a Health Psychologist, and it has helped me decide this is the career I want.”

Nadine Wood, Health Psychology MSc graduate

Course modules

The MSc consists of theoretical, work-related and research-based modules which are described below. Please note that ALL modules are compulsory for successful completion of the award and for recognition by the accrediting body. There are no optional modules

  • Theories and Perspectives in Health Psychology (15 credits) - explores the biopsychosocial model of health and evaluates the ways in which lifestyles and health-enhancing and health- compromising behaviours (such as exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption) impact on our well-being
  • Mind, Body and Health (15 credits)- investigates the ways in which mind and body interact to affect health, and also explores the role of personality factors and social support
  • Understanding and Managing Chronic Health Conditions (15 credits) - develops a detailed understanding of how living with a long-term health condition affects the individual, their caregivers and family members
  • Critical and International Perspectives on Health Psychology (15 credits) - integrates psychological and sociological perspectives to develop understanding of health and illness among disadvantaged communities in the UK and around the world
  • Psychology of Health and Food through The Lifespan (15 credits)- focuses on adaptive and maladaptive eating behaviours through the human lifespan
  • Health Psychology in Theory and Contemporary Practice (15 credits) - explores the theoretical perspectives that inform the work of modern day health psychologists and discusses how these are applied in practice. There is a particular focus on working in inter-professional and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis for Applied Psychologists (30 credits) - introduces you to a range of ways of collecting, analysing, and presenting research data
  • Advanced Applied Psychology Dissertation (60 credits) - is an independent research project in a health-related topic area of your choice

Information for international students

Please refer to our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

HLS Admissions
0116 257 7700