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Entry requirements

You will need to have a good undergraduate degree in Psychology (Upper Second Class or above) that is recognised by the British Psychological Society as providing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Your academic references and your personal statement regarding your commitment to health psychology will also be considered. If you have a 2:2 you may be eligible to register for the certificate in Health Psychology, with the potential to go on to the MSc.

Months of entry


Course content

Health psychologists apply psychological research and methods to:

  • promotion and maintenance of health

  • prevention and management of illness

  • identification of psychological factors in contributing to physical illness

  • improvement of the health care system

  • formulation of health policy.

Health Psychologists work in health and academic settings:

  • teaching students and health professionals

  • conducting research

  • assessing patients

  • managing clinical interventions

  • informing health promotion and public health policy.

Health Psychology is one of the latest branches of Psychology to be given professional status by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means that you will need to complete an accredited MSc in Health Psychology as the first step towards gaining Chartered Health Psychologist status and registration with HPC as a Health Psychologist. For more details, see the Division of Health Psychology web pages.[]

Fees and funding

See: Postgraduate funding @ Staffordshire University

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    Accredited by BPS, and provides Stage 1 of Chartered Health Psychologist qualification.

Course contact details

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