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Health Psychology (MSc)

Our course will prepare you for a career as a health psychologist, looking at the psychological processes behind health, illness and healthcare.

Health Psychology Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Overview

Health psychologists work to develop psychological interventions that enable people to maintain good health and avoid illness, as well as improving outcomes for those with health conditions.

Our MSc in Health Psychology will provide you with the understanding of the relationship between psychological processes and illness that is crucial to succeeding as a health psychologist.

You will receive a strong grounding in:

  • key theories in health psychology and the ability to apply them;
  • current approaches to changing health-related behaviour at individual, population and regulatory levels;
  • the interaction between psychological processes (cognitions, emotions, behaviour) and disease and illness;
  • the ways in which social-cultural factors can contribute to health;
  • advanced research methods and analysis techniques in both quantitative and qualitative research;
  • the role and scope of health psychology within academic and healthcare settings.‌

This MSc has been accredited by the British Psychological Society. On successful completion of a BPS-accredited MSc in Health Psychology, students can continue to Stage 2 training to become Chartered Psychologists with the BPS and to become registered with HCPC as Registered Health Psychologists.

Our course also provides a strong grounding in research skills, producing students who are strong candidates for roles or training in research, eg PhD study.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
FT 12 months, PT 24 months
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (min 2:1) with evidence of attaining min 2:1 in all BSc research modules and dissertation or overseas equivalent in psychology.

For the MSc to be recognised by the BPS as the Stage 1 qualification for becoming a Health Psychologist, you need to hold Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). You can join the MSc without holding GBC, but for the MSc to be recognised as a BPS-accredited Stage 1 qualification, you will need to gain GBC. This can be completed later. See BPS website

In addition to two academic references and detailed academic transcripts you must:

1) Outline an idea for an original research project within the area of health psychology that has not have been previously conducted. This need not be a project that you would undertake within an MSc, but is intended to demonstrate your ability to identify a research question and appropriate methodology. When evaluating this we pay attention to your research question and methods (max 250 words)

2) List any relevant work or research experience (max 50 words)

Applications will be assessed at periodic academic review panels  (PDF). Depending on the number of offers made after the final review panel, we may continue to accept applications, impose a new closing date or place any late applications on a waiting list.

The panel will seek strong grades in research methods/statistics units (usually a min 2.1). If your course does not include dedicated research methods/statistics units, please provide details of the parts of your degree that included research methods and your grades.

Personal statements and CVs will not be considered - only fully completed applications with all the required supporting documents. International students must upload a scanned copy of their passport.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approximately 15 students will be accepted on to the course each year.
Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0) 161 306 0270
How to apply

You'll need to complete and submit our online application form to apply for a master's course at The University of Manchester.

Please note, applications are considered at intervals throughout the year, following which places may either be full or an additional date for consideration of further applications will be set.

This course is available full-time to International/Home/EU students. The part-time option is only available to Home/EU students.

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Course description

Health psychologists are interested in the psychological processes underlying health, illness and health care.

They seek to understand these processes and develop interventions that enable people to maintain good health and avoid illness, as well as improve outcomes for people with health conditions and improve the experience of undergoing diagnostic and health care processes.

Our MSc in Health Psychology is designed for students interested in a career in health psychology and has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). 

On successful completion of a BPS accredited MSc in Health Psychology, students who hold BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership can continue to Stage 2 training to become Psychologists with the BPS and to become registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Health Psychologists.

Our course will provide a strong grounding in:

  • key theories in health psychology and how to apply them;
  • current approaches to changing health-related behaviour at individual, population and regulatory levels;
  • the interaction between psychological processes (cognitions, emotions, behaviour) and disease and illness;
  • the ways in which social-cultural factors contribute to health;
  • advanced research methods and analysis techniques in both quantitative and qualitative research;
  • the role and scope of health psychology within academic and health care settings.
The University of Manchester has recently formed the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology , with the appointment of new staff adding to the already strong group of health psychologists at the University.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

All students who enrol on this course may be eligible for a bursary. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The University of Manchester also has a number of bursaries aimed at removing barriers to masters study for students. Find out if you are eligible.