Health Psychology / Psychology and Health MSc
The MSc is professionally-focused and innovative, and you will complete the course with both the practical and critical skills you need to stand out. Our goal is to equip you for employment with a range of skills that you can put into practice to further advance your career.
Uniquely, you'll be taught by both researchers and health psychology practitioners, giving you the opportunity to translate research and theory into practice with confidence.
Is this course for me?
This course is designed for those who care about health - whether you're a Psychology BSc final year student or graduate, a healthcare professional, or currently working as a researcher or in the private healthcare sector. The MSc will help you to understand the relationship between the psychological and social dimensions of health and illness, and to affect change.
Video: Health Promotion campaign
This MSc includes a 'Health Promotion' module in which students develop a health promotion campaign. In this short film, three students talk about their 'Meat-free Mondays' idea, and how they think applying psychological theory to a practical campaign will help them in the real world.
The Health Psychology MSc has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 1999.
MSc Health Psychology
You are normally required to have a first or good second class honours degree in psychology and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as defined by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
MSc Psychology and Health
You are normally required to have a lower second class honours degree in psychology or a relevant subject.
Other Suitable Qualifications
INTO Postgraduate Preparation ProgrammesIf you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion to the required standard of the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.
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
- TOEFL - 600 or above / new scale score 250 or above
- IELTS - 7 or above
INTO English Language ProgrammesIf 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.
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City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, 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
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- Start Date:
- Induction will be taking place in the week commencing Monday 22nd September 2014.
- Full-time - one year
Part-time - two years (with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required)
Health Psychology is devoted to developing an understanding of scientific relationships between behavioural principles and physical health and illness.
These courses give you an opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of health psychology theory and research and to develop relevant academic, research and communication skills.
The MSc in Health Psychology further aims to enable you to develop an awareness of professional and contextual issues relevant to the practice of health psychology.
The MSc in Health Psychology was one of the first courses to be established in this field in 1988. The BPS's formation of a Division of Health Psychology has led to the requirement for master's courses in health psychology to be accredited by the BPS as Stage 1 of professional health psychology training.
This course is accredited and is open to those with good first degrees in psychology who also have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
The MSc in Psychology and Health was set up in 1999 for applicants who do not have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) but who have an interest in psychological issues related to health. Students taking this course may have good first degrees in psychology or other relevant subjects, but without GBC.
Places on this course are strictly limited and early application is advised.
- Behavioural medicine
- Communication in a healthcare context
- Health promotion
- Invited speakers programme
- Lifespan, gender and culture
- Professional and contextual issues in health psychology
- Research, design and statistics 2
- Theoretical foundations of health psychology
- Research project
Read the full 2014 programme specification.
Teaching and Assessment
We teach you through lectures, seminars, role playing and small group projects. We will also provide you with a research supervisor who will support you with your dissertation.
The Professional & Contextual Issues module is assessed by a group submission and supporting written coursework. The remaining seven modules are assessed by coursework alone.
You are also required to submit a research project of 4,000 6,000 words. The research training module will help you to plan, design and conduct your research projects. It is also aimed to give you a broad knowledge and range of skills relevant to health psychology and other health-related research.
- Dr Paula Corcoran
- Dr Catherine Sykes
- Dr Parmpreet Kalsi
- Dr Renata Pires-Yfantouda
- Dr Vanessa Bogle (external website: The Academy For Health Coaching)
Research activities of academic staff
The course team are all members of the Health Psychology Research Group within the Psychology Department. The work of this group focuses upon the psychosocial analysis of health behaviour and experience.
Particular interests include the analysis and clarification of the theoretical foundations underpinning health psychology, the translation of theory and policy into practice, the evaluation of evidence in the form of process and outcomes, and the improvement of theory, policy and practice in this light. The group uses a range of quantitative and qualitative methods.
Read the full 2014 programme specification.
- Full-time EU: £9,000 (2013 entry)
- Part-time EU: £4,500 (2013 entry)
- Full-time Non EU: £14,000 (2013 entry)
- Part-time Non EU: £7,000 (2013 entry)
This MSc constitutes Stage 1 of professional health psychology training. Upon successful completion of the course, you are eligible to apply for Stage 2 training or you may seek employment.
For more information about careers in health psychology, you might find these pages useful:
- BPS - 'Becoming a health psychologist'
- NHS Careers - Health Psychologist
- BPS - Career paths in Health Psychology
2011 graduates: where are they now?
90 per cent of the 2011 graduates of this programme were in employment or further study within six months of completing the course. Their destinations included:
- Medical researcher, Matrix
- Therapeutic care worker
- Research assistant, Coventry University
- Honorary research assistant, Royal Free Hospital
- Mental health worker, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
- Mental health advisor, Surrey Community Health
- Health trainer, Solent NHS Trust
- Stop smoking advisor, NHS
- Graduate support worker, Care Management Group
- Project teacher, Department of Education, Malta
Find out more about City University London
The course starts in late September. We recommend that you apply early in the year as entry to the course is very competitive.
MSc Health Psychology / Psychology and Health
All complete applications will be considered and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an open day and interview at the University.
Shortlisted overseas applicants will be invited to take part in a telephone interview. Please note two references are required. At least one reference for recent graduates must be academic. Other references may be from a current employer. References must be provided either on the reference form provided here (with an institution stamp), or on headed paper.
Please also complete our supplementary form, to replace section 7 of the application form.
Download an application form (to be completed by hand or electronically).
You can also download an application checklist.
Complete applications can be sent to:
Department of Psychology
Tel: 020 7040 4567