Taught course

Psychology Applied to Health

University of Stirling · Faculty of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

A single or combined upper second class Honours degree in Psychology or a related subject without graduate basis for chartership with the British Psychological Society and therefore not eligible for the MSc Health Psychology. Applicants with equivalent academic or professional qualifications will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Effective delivery of health messages and health care in the 21st century necessitates a high degree of ‘psychological awareness’. It’s important to understand what drives and motivates people, if we are to achieve our aim to be a healthier society. Using a psychological approach to health adds another dimension to existing healthcare provision. It involves applying psychological theories, methods and research to understanding how to promote wellbeing, improve health, prevent and treat illness and disability, analyse and improve the health care system and formulate health policy.

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 practical focus. It includes contributions from health care practitioners and where possible, the opportunity to carry out a placement in a health care setting.

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 Natural Sciences (Psychology) funded bursaries are available to contribute towards tuition fees.


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


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

Course contact details

Nicola Hunt
+44 (0) 1786 466258