Taught course

Psychological Approaches to Health

Institution
University of Leeds · School of Psychology
Qualifications
MScPGDip

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in psychology or related subject.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme applies psychological theory and research to improve health and healthcare delivery.

We draw on theories derived from cognitive, social, clinical and health psychology. Approaches studied are informed by research methodologies that provide an evidence base for their implementation. Issues addressed at the individual level include obesity, medical error, behaviour change and psychological wellbeing. At group level, the interactions of different professional groups, impacts of new health interventions and the effects of multidisciplinary teamwork are examined. Concerns at the healthcare delivery level include evidence-based practice, patient safety, government policy and economics.

This rich programme draws on many levels of analysis, aspects of psychological theory, research, practice and policy. You’ll be taught by subject experts, who actively research and publish in their area, and work with the NHS, food industry, charities and other organisations to improve health outcomes.

Course Content
The modules you study initially lay firm foundations for your later study and dissertation. You’ll consolidate your research skills and consider the broader issues in psychological approaches to health.

Later modules introduce a unique combination of applied perspectives.

Career Opportunities
The majority of our former students have gone on to work in healthcare, as assistant psychologists, research assistants and clinical psychologists. Others have developed careers in training departments, health promotion and health and safety roles in both public and private sectors.

A substantial proportion of our students further develop their research interests and academic careers by choosing to study for a PhD.

Department
The School of Psychology is a large and thriving department which has expanded rapidly over the last five years. There are now over 70 members of academic, research and support staff, including nine professors. We offer high quality research-led teaching and you’ll be actively encouraged to engage in ongoing research. Much of this research is collaborative with government departments, research councils, the NHS and industry.

We offer a lively learning environment with modern facilities for teaching and research, which aims to produce graduates equipped with current knowledge and the ability to apply this to key health issues.

Information for international students

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Psychology Taught Postgraduate Admissions Team.

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,000
International students
£19,750

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The School of Psychology offers a bursary of £1,000 towards fees to one UK/EU student on the masters course. There is no application process for this award. For more information contact Louise Gill, the MSc Course Administrator.

All students who pay fees at the international rate are offered £2,000 towards fees if they do not have any other source of funding.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGDip

full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment35
Dissertation40 (25000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Louise Gill
Email
j.l.gill@leeds.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)113 343 5721