Taught course

Health Psychology

The University of Manchester · Psychology

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) with evidence of attaining a minimum of an Upper Second in all BSc research units and dissertation, or overseas equivalent, in psychology.

For the MSc to be recognised by the BPS as the Stage 1 qualification for becoming a Health Psychologist, you need to hold Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). You can join the MSc without holding GBC, but for the MSc to be recognised as a BPS-accredited Stage 1 qualification, you will need to gain GBC. This can be completed later. See the BPS website for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc in Health Psychology is designed for students interested in a career in health psychology and has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Health psychologists are interested in the psychological processes underlying health, illness and healthcare. They seek to develop interventions that enable people to maintain good health, as well as improve outcomes for people with health conditions and improve the experience of undergoing diagnostic and healthcare processes.

On successful completion of a BPS-accredited MSc in Health Psychology, students who hold BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership can continue to Stage 2 training to become Chartered Psychologists with the BPS and to become registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Health Psychologists.

You will learn from staff at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology , covering topics such as:

  • Key theories in health psychology and how to apply them;
  • Current approaches to changing health-related behaviour at individual, population and regulatory levels;
  • The interaction between psychological processes (cognitions, emotions, behaviour) and disease and illness;
  • The ways in which social-cultural factors contribute to health;
  • Advanced research methods and analysis techniques in both quantitative and qualitative research;
  • The role and scope of health psychology within academic and healthcare settings.

Information for international students

Students who have not studied in a predominantly English-speaking country are required to hold IELTS 7.0, including 7.0 in the written section, or TOEFL 100, including 25 in the written section.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

All students who enrol on this course may be eligible for a bursary. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For information about this bursary, please contact pgtaught.psychology@manchester.ac.uk .

The University of Manchester also has a number of bursaries aimed at removing barriers to master's study for students. Find out if you are eligible .

Please note, applications are considered at intervals throughout the year, following which places may either be full or an additional date for consideration of further applications will be set. The deadline for the next panel of applications is 16th April.

Conference award scheme

We are dedicated to supporting you to develop your career and professional networks. As a student on this course you will be able to apply to our conference award scheme. The student with the best abstract will be awarded funding to attend a national conference.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 0270