Taught course

Psychological Approaches to Health and Management

University of Bedfordshire · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

You should have an undergraduate Honours degree and/or experience in a health setting or an equivalent qualification. Non-native English speakers will need to have an English proficiency level of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Applications will be assessed using UKBA and University of Bedfordshire policy. Check English language requirements at: www.beds.ac.uk/english-language.


Months of entry

September, March

Course content

About the course

Specifically designed for health professionals, students with a health-related academic background or graduates from other disciplines who want to pursue a career in primary mental health, this course will equip you with a range of managerial skills and clinical knowledge. You will also develop an understanding of the man models and theories in the field of occupational and health psychology, gain insights into the relationship between pyschology and other disciplines in the human sciences, and deepen your knowledge of the research skills required by people working in a practice setting.

Key features

  • Study advanced communication and counselling skills, learn to assess the needs of patients and clients in primary care settings, and discover how to meet the training and development needs of other professionals who work in health settings
  • Explore the role of psychology in health contexts and other work environments, and see how psychologists work in relation to other areas of applied psychology and other professional groups
  • Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the different theoretical and methodological approaches relevant to perceptions and behaviour related to health and mental health
  • Gain skills in sophisticated research methods, statistical analysis techniques and the reporting of results using both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Benefit from advanced management skills and acquire the ability to take on highly responsible health-based administrative roles.

This course encompasses both psychology and aspects of human resource management coverings important issues in health psychology and organisations such as occupational health, psychometric assessment and stress. This curriculum also addresses the guidelines for the mental health related health and safety initiative by the Health and Safety Society (HAS).

The course deals with a range of topics in health psychology and aspects of management taught by published researchers in the field.

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 applied or gained PhDs from number of universities including the University of Bedfordshire. Others have entered jobs that include: university academic researcher (including Cambridge University), managerial post in an NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT), Care Support Worker, Health Advisor in Turning Point working for Probation Services, IAPT post in Primary Care, Well-being Worker and Mental Health Advisor to the UK Health Ministry

Areas of study include

  • Health psychology models
  • Psychological assessment
  • Research methods
  • Occupational health psychology
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Management of other mental health problems in primary settings
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit our website: Postgraduate Fees & Funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

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