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Health Psychology / Psychology and Health  MSc


City's Health Psychology Masters programme is designed for those looking to start, or progress in, a career in the rapidly-changing healthcare space.

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.

Dr Paula Corcoran, explains what's unique about Health Psychology MSc

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.

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

Start Date:

September 2015

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

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 Programmes

If 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.

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 - 7 or above

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 UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a 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 2015

Full-time - one year

Part-time - two years (with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required)

Course Content

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.

Course Structure


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.

Research project

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.

Academic staff

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


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



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

Career Prospects

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:

Graduate destinations:

  • 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

Application Deadline

There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.

MSc Health Psychology / Psychology and Health

All complete applications will be considered. You will usually be informed within two to three weeks if your application has been successful or not.

There are no interviews for this course, assessment is solely based on the

application form

. (See below for apply-online link.)

Please note that two references are required. (

Download reference form

). At least one reference for recent graduates must be academic; other references could include a current employer. References must be provided either on thereference form

provided 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:

Amber Bowring
Programme Administrator
Department of Psychology
City University
Northampton Square

Tel: 020 7040 4567