Taught course

Health Psychology

University of Aberdeen · College of Life Sciences and Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants will usually need to possess an upper second (2:1) class (or better) Honours degree in Psychology recognised as Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by the British Psychological Society. International students who hold Psychology degrees NOT accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), must contact the BPS Partnership & Accreditation Team (details available on the BPS website) to ask for written confirmation that their degree can be considered equivalent to a BPS accredited degree. Applicants should note that obtaining this confirmation from the British Psychological Society can take several weeks so students must contact the Society well before the application deadline for the MSc programme.

Months of entry


Course content

According to the British Psychological Society (BPS), Health Psychology is the fastest growing field of psychology in the UK.

The University of Aberdeen MSc in Health Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society, offers you the opportunity to expand on and apply your knowledge and skills to help solve some of the big health issues facing society today.

Although the topics covered are diverse, the main areas of interest are:

  • Health behaviours - understanding and changing participation in health damaging and health protecting behaviours
  • Psychological aspects of illness and disability - examining the psychological impact of illness on individuals, families and carers, promoting positive 'illness behaviours'
  • Health related cognitions and emotions - investigating the cognitive and emotional processes which explain health and illness behaviours
  • Processes influencing the delivery of health care - studying factors that influence how health care professionals and organisations deliver care
  • Professional practice - training in key skills such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing and health coaching
  • Health psychology in context - two days shadowing health professionals in the NHS

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Julia Allan
+44(0)1224 437096