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Health Psychology / Psychology and Health  MSc

Overview

Health psychology is the study of the psychological and behavioural processes in health, illness, and healthcare. Health Psychologists use their knowledge of theory and practice to promote well-being and healthier lifestyles, and understand physical illness.

Both the MSc in Health Psychology and MSc in Psychology & Health aim to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of health psychology, informed by current scholarship and research, including a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the field.

The courses are hosted by the Centre for Health Services Research and Management and are delivered by leading experts in health psychology, including Professors Stanton Newman, Jill Francis and Susan Ayers, each of whom manage a team of health psychology research staff who contribute to the design and delivery of the programme and assist in supervising dissertation projects.

The MSc in Health Psychology at City University London was established in 1988, one of the first of three such courses in London. The course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 1999 and at present meets the Stage 1 requirements towards becoming a Chartered Health Psychologist. We will be renewing our accreditation in 2016 as part of standard BPS requirements.

The MSc in Psychology and Health was set up in 1999 for applicants who do not have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS, but who have an interest in psychological issues related to health.

Scholarships

  • UK/EU students who apply for this course will be eligible to apply for a School of Health Sciences Dean’s Scholarship of £1,000 in the form of tuition fee waiver. Awards will be based on prior academic performance and/or relevant work experience, please follow the link for information about how to apply.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 per year
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Start Date:

September 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

When we review your application we would like to know why you would like to study health psychology, why you want to study at City University London, how your academic and professional experiences meet the requirements of the course and how you would like to use the qualification in your future career.

MSc Health Psychology

A minimum of an upper second (2.1) Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A lower second-class (2.2) or equivalent degrees may be accepted if evidence of further study or relevant work experience is provided.

Applicants must have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

MSc Psychology and Health

A minimum of an upper second (2.1) Bachelor’s degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to provide evidence of English proficiency.

We only accept the following English language qualifications:

  • GCSE - grade C or above
  • CSE - grade C or above
  • SEB - grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Pass
  • IELTS – Overall score of 7 or above and at least 6.5 in each subject.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

Please note that due to changes in the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) list of Secure English Language Teaching System Tests (SELT) we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS), as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Duration:
  • Full-time one year (classes timetabled Thursday and Friday)
  • Part-time – two years (classes timetabled Friday in year 1 and Thursday in year 2)

Additional study:

Full-time – Students are expected to commit at least 4 additional days per week to complete the course requirements

Part-time - Students are expected to commit at least 2 additional days per week to complete the course requirements

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

The course uses a range of teaching methods including class room teaching, seminars and workshops.

Assessment

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, examination and a significant piece of empirical research.

Research project

Students are required to complete a research dissertation, for submission at the end of their programme. Students receive the necessary teaching, training and supervisor to help plan, design and conduct the research project. It aims to provide students with a broad knowledge base and a range of skills relevant to health psychology and other health-related disciplines.

Academic staff

The School of Health Sciences employs one of the largest number of Chartered Health Psychologists, health psychology researchers and health psychology PhD students in the UK, many of whom are involved in the teaching, assessment and supervision of students on the programme.

Academic and Research Staff:

PhD students:

  • Brittannia Abdul-Aziz
  • Aliya Amirova
  • Marie-Rose Dwek (staff candidate)
  • Stephen McIntyre (staff candidate)
  • Mandy Sekhon
  • Manavi Tygai
  • Paul Williams

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 per year

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

  • UK/EU students who apply for this course will be eligible to apply for a School of Health Sciences Dean’s Scholarship of £1,000 in the form of tuition fee waiver. Awards will be based on prior academic performance and/or relevant work experience, please follow the link for information about how to apply.

Bursaries

Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Health Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City University graduates.

Career Prospects

Becoming a Health Psychologist

If you want to practise as a Health Psychologist in the UK, you will need to complete Stage 1 (MSc in Health Psychology) and Stage 2 training (doctoral level qualification in health psychology). You will then be able to apply for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Full membership of the Division of Health Psychology and you will also be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Chartered Health Psychologist. Only by registering with the HCPC, the statutory regulator, are you able to use the protected title Health Psychologist.

City University’s MSc in Health Psychology constitutes the first stage in becoming a Health Psychologist. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates are eligible to apply for Stage two training in health psychology. This can be completed either by a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at an approved university or Qualification in Health Psychology via the BPS, the latter of which is normally combined with a PhD in Health Psychology.

Graduate destinations

Graduates of the MSc in Health Psychology and MSc in Psychology & Health take a variety of career paths including:

  • Further education, such as a PhD or Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology
  • Research Assistants in higher education, NHS or the private sector
  • Assistant Psychologists in an applied setting
  • NHS or third sector healthcare professionals, such as smoking cessation officers, public health and health promotion practitioners

Helpful Resources

For more information about careers in health psychology, you might find these pages useful:

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 24th August.


MSc Health Psychology / Psychology and Health

Please note that two references are required (At least one reference for recent graduates must be academic; other references could include a current employer). You will need to provide the referees email address when completing the application form and we will contact them separately. You will also be required to upload a copy of your degree certificate and transcript (if available at the time of applying) and provide proof of language proficiency. One of the entry requirements for the course is that you have confirmation from the British Psychological Society (BPS) that you have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), if applying for the MSc in Health Psychology and available at time of applying, and proof of language proficiency. You do not need this at time of application  but will need to provide it before the beginning of the course to receive an unconditional offer on the course.

For more information about how to apply please contact:

Phone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
Email: pghealth@city.ac.uk