Taught course

Health Psychology

Institution
University of Portsmouth · Department of Psychology
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in Psychology that is recognised by The British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Entry Requirements for EU/international students: As above (or the equivalent international qualification). If English is not your first language, you will need to hold a minimum of IELTS band 7.0, with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

September

Course content

If you want to build on your health psychology knowledge to more fully understand health and health behaviours; to better help patients better manage their long-term illness or recovery; or to help healthcare professionals improve their provision – then our MSc Health Psychology course is for you.

On this course, you'll get a thorough grounding in the main areas (practice, theory and research) of health psychology. You'll learn how mental, emotional and social factors can affect physical wellbeing, and how to prevent them doing so. You’ll also learn how a patient's mental and emotional state is affected by an illness and their recovery from it – and develop the skills and knowledge to support them.

We recognise the value of work experience and so a work experience placement is a central part of the course. We expect students to complete 100 hours of work placement activity and will support students in identifying suitable opportunities.

And if you'd rather dive straight into your career once you graduate, you'll also be ready for work in areas such as commercial research, smoking cessation, health promotion and chronic illness management.

What you'll experience:

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn in small groups, frome experts in the field of health psychology
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a competitive placement or be supported to find your own placement and achieve unique and valuable workplace experience, whilst supported by a placement tutor.
  • Learn about the role of health psychology in the NHS/world, health psychology theories, intervention development, develop your professional competence/ development

  • Be taught in accordance with the academic requirements of the Division of Health Psychology and the British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Have access to our wide range of Research Suites and Laboratories and attend regular research seminars.

  • Receive expert guidance on the application of over 300 psychometrics tests, including those designed for adults, children, education and post-traumatic stress, as well as over 50 specific to the Health Psychology field

Through our existing networks, students will forge many useful links with the local community whilst they are studying. For example, the University of Portsmouth is in Partnership with local NHS Trusts which allows us to work collaboratively with local healthcare providers. We also have active networks linking the University with the local community and wider, for example, the University of Portsmouth Ageing Network (UPAN).

Work Experience and Career planning:

This course is one of few courses nationally to offer credit-bearing placements, giving you the advantage of completing 100 hours of work experience working with either a healthcare professional or academic psychologist. As well as providing you with a great professional experience, you'll also enjoy networking opportunities which could lead to future employment.

Previous placement providers include:

  • Headway
  • Macmillian Cancer Support
  • Portsmouth Hospitals Trust
  • Southern Health NHS Trust
  • Sussex NHS Trust
  • St Wilfred's Hospice
  • Talking Change

Careers and Opportunities

After the course, you could go on to Stage 2 training to become a Chartered Health Psychologist. You could also:

  • Work in the NHS or other healthcare-related services- for example, smoking cessation, health promotion, mental health and chronic illness management
  • Undertake research or take a teaching position in Higher Education
  • Do a PhD in a related area
  • Join a clinical research organisation and get involved in setting up and carrying out research projects
  • Get a place on a clinical training course or other related training such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Treatment)

Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry, when you finish the course.

Other graduates have set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time £9,000,Part time Year 1 £3,000, Year 2 £6,000* All fees subject to annual increase
International students
Full time £16,400, Part time Year 1, £5,470, Year 2, £10,930* All fees subject to annual increase

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

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
02392845566