Taught course

Health Psychology

University of Stirling · Faculty of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

A single or combined upper second class Honours degree in Psychology and eligibility for graduate basis for chartership with the British Psychological Society. Non-Psychologists or those without graduate basis for chartership with the British Psychological Society please see Psychology Applied to Health.

Months of entry


Course content

Although people live longer and are currently ‘healthier’ in many ways than before, this has not led to a sense of improved health or wellbeing for all members of society. Health Psychology aims to improve wellbeing by applying psychological theories, methods and research to the promotion of health, prevention and treatment of illness and disability, analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy formation. A small number of NHS-funded bursaries are available to cover tuition fees and other expenses.


British Psychological Society

Successful completion of this course fulfils stage one of the requirements towards Chartered Membership of the Society and full membership of the Division of Health and Psychology.

Course Objectives

Students on this course will understand and critically evaluate the theoretical basis of health psychology and apply this knowledge to understanding health, health behaviours and health care issues.

The course has a strong experiential focus – it includes contributions from health care practitioners and allows you to carry out a brief placement in a health care setting. You are encouraged to carry out research in health care settings where possible.

This MSc is designed to meet the British Psychological Society’s requirements for Stage One training towards Chartered Health Psychology status. Via formal teaching and practical experience, you will acquire relevant skills and core competencies as a basis for professional training in health psychology (Stage Two), or other applications of psychology to health issues.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Fees and funding

A small number of NHS-funded bursaries are available to cover tuition fees and other expenses.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
6 months
part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)

Course contact details

Nicola Hunt
+44 (0) 1786 466258