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MSc Health Psychology at The University of Manchester
MSc Health Psychology
Prepare for a career as a health psychologist, looking at the psychological processes behind health, illness and healthcare.

MSc Health Psychology / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

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

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) with evidence of attaining a minimum of an Upper Second in all BSc research units 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 the BPS website for more information.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approximately 15 places
How to apply

Complete and submit our online application form to apply for this course. See the 'Advice to applicants' section in the 'Application and selection' tab for information on the supporting documents we require with your form, including two academic references and a research proposal.

Please note that the part-time option is only available to home/EU students. The full-time option is available to all.

Applications are assessed at periodic academic review panels. A small number of places are still available so if you're interested please apply as soon as possible. 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.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

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This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Begin training as a health psychologist through our BPS-accredited Stage 1 course, enabling you to continue to Stage 2 training upon graduation.
  • Study at one of the top 10 universities in the UK for psychology, according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings.
  • Take a course that has been commended by the BPS for approachable and enthusiastic staff and innovative assessments.
  • Learn from experts at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology.
  • Study alongside students on our MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology in Semester 1, enabling you to switch courses if you wish.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,750
    International students (per annum): £22,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,875

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.


We have a number of scholarships and bursaries aimed at supporting your studies:

Centenary scholarship

To celebrate over 100 years of psychology at Manchester, we are offering centenary scholarships on our MSc Clinical and Health Psychology and MSc Health Psychology courses.

Scholarships worth £2,500 each are available. To be eligible for the scholarships you will need to be a home/EU student and to have accepted a place on one of these courses starting in 2018. The recipients will be chosen by the respective course directors on the basis of academic excellence judged by grades and where applicable the research proposal.

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2018.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the Alumni Bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Conference award scheme

We are dedicated to supporting you to develop your career and professional networks. As a student on this course you will be able to apply to our conference award scheme. The student with the best abstract will be awarded funding to attend a national conference.

Widening participation

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

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 0270
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health