Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) To be admitted to the course you are normally required: to have attained at least a second class honours degree in psychology to provide evidence of the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).


Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This course is for students who want to study how psychology helps us to understand health-related behaviours, and how it can have a positive impact on wellbeing. It forms stage one of the training you need to become a charted psychologist member of the Divisiohn of Health Psychology within the BPS.

Key features

  • Study important topics facing society such as obesity, lifestyle and stress, and examine them from the viewpoint of staff currently researching these topics
  • Explore the explicit links between scientific theory and practice by showing how a critical understanding of theory may guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data within a given context
  • Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems, and acquire new insights into the theory and practice of health psychology
  • Gain a high level of knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods that will allow you to perform complex data analysis, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis, and develop your competence in a range of techniques including multivariate analyses
  • Benefit from the development of a strong sense of personal responsibility and professionalism that will enable you to practise or conduct research within ethical guidelines

Career opportunities

The success of our MSc programme is represented in the successful careers of our previous students. In previous years, a number of students have gained PhDs. Others have entered jobs that include: smoking cessation co-ordinator for an NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT), Shared Care support worker, Research Assistant in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Health Psychologist in Specialist Obesity Services, Lecturer in Health Psychology, Academic Researcher, Assistant working in the Clinical Health Psychology Unit of a General Hospital, Psychological Well-being Worker.

Areas of study include

  • Advanced Research Methods for Health Psychology
  • Perceptions and Actions
  • Lifestyle and Individual Differences
  • Public Health
  • Health Psychology in Context
  • Mechanisms of Health and Disease
  • Stress, Coping and Chronic Disease
  • Professional Skills for Health psychologists
  • Dissertation (Health Psychology)

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit our website: www.beds.ac.uk/pgfunding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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