Taught course

Health Psychology

University of Gloucestershire · School of Natural and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in psychology
  • Eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership of the BPS
  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview to assess suitability
  • A strong academic reference
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

Health Psychologists apply psychological knowledge and skills in clinical and community settings. They contribute to the prevention of illness and the promotion of health and wellbeing, design and implement interventions to improve the experience and outcomes for those who are ill or disabled and for their carers, and help to shape policies and systems which impact on healthcare.

This course covers the range of theory and knowledge that will underpin your understanding of the role of psychology in health care, as well as developing the personal skills that are required for professional work in the sector. It takes evidence based practice as a framework for advancing your research skills with a focus on assessing issues, designing interventions and evaluating outcomes. You'll also analyse public health issues using large data sets, and using narrative and other qualitative methods in health psychology research.

Our particular ethos is to adopt a critical and holistic understanding of the experience of health and wellbeing, recognising the importance of social, cultural and economic factors. The significance of our psychosocial world has been highlighted during the COVID-19 crisis when we have witnessed the importance of social support networks and economic assets to the physical and mental wellbeing of different demographic groups. The pandemic has also shown the impact of national policy and community attentiveness on the health of frontline workers themselves.

Recognising the potential of health psychology to contribute to the reduction of health inequalities, the course examines the role of the inclusive, collaborative and reflective practitioner. This includes interventions to support populations facing intersecting forms of structural discrimination. You will explore contemporary developments which shift the focus from the direct relationship between patient and professional, towards community-level interventions such as social prescribing; the importance of the ‘healthy community’ of family, carers and wider networks in sustaining wellbeing; and the value of non-mainstream approaches including indigenous perspectives.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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