Taught course

Health Psychology

Institution
Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above in an honours degree course or overseas equivalent in a related subject. You do not need a BPS-accredited psychology degree to study on this MSc, but you will need this to pursue further UK health psychology training following the course.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Understand why our healthy new years’ resolutions always fizzle out despite our good intentions. Explore how our brains and bodies process stress and how psychology could help you fight off your next cold. Discover how to assess neuropsychological function.

Health psychology is a rapidly growing discipline, which can make a huge contribution to some of the big health issues currently facing society.

On this course, you’ll ask questions about the key health issues facing our communities, from our ageing population to pressurised health services, global health challenges and health inequalities.

You’ll explore human behaviour, health behaviour change, neuropsychology and research methods. And, you’ll seek ways to improve health, illness and healthcare systems through applying psychological theory and practical methods.

Some of the topics you’ll consider include the factors that make a person vulnerable to developing conditions like coronary heart disease and why where people live matters to their health outcomes.

You might apply psychology to ensuring that children get enough physical activity, in understanding the experience of people living with a stroke, or how we can help people with diabetes to take their medications.

You’ll also study the principles and practice of research and evaluation, applying these skills to a field-based dissertation. Usually, you’ll focus on applied research in a service that you have a link with, such as a health organisation, charity or community group.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries Team
Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 161 247 6969