MSc Health Psychology (incorporating PG Cert/PG Dip)
Why choose this course?
100% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course, according to the 2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)
- Complete a highly commended Stage 1 course accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) towards Full Membership of the Division of Health Psychology and Chartered Membership of the Society
- You’ll be taught by an expert team of chartered, registered and research-active psychologists who have extensive knowledge of health psychology theory, research and practice
- Opportunity to undertake a placement relevant to health psychology research or practice
Course code: MC8AA Start date: September (full-time or part-time) Course length: Full-time: one year (two days per week). Part-time: two years (one day per week). Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus College: College of Life & Natural Sciences
This course is available to international students
About this course
Successful completion of this course fulfils stage one of the requirements towards Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and full membership of the Division of Health Psychology, if you hold Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
In our most recent accreditation visit we received six commendations from the BPS for our course. In particular, we were commended for:
- Innovative health psychology focused assessments that are applied in nature and will benefit Stage Two training and future employment prospects
- Support mechanisms (e.g. PDP and tutorials) that promote employability and transferable skills
- Recognition of the importance of developing networking skills and attendance of the Midlands Health Psychology Network conference as part of the course
- Commitment and enthusiasm of the teaching team to providing a supportive student experience within a student centred approach.
Develop a deeper understanding of health psychology
This course will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the fundamental theoretical, empirical, and practical applications of health psychology.
Our MSc Health Psychology fulfils the standards of the British Psychological Society masters courses (Stage One training) in health psychology, which with subsequent completion of Stage Two training, equips you for practice as a registered health psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
What you will cover
You’ll study modules such as:
Psychology of Health and Wellbeing
This module aims to provide you with a broad knowledge-base of the role of psychology in the experience of health, and wellbeing in relation to the historical, social and political context of health psychology and health services policy.
Health Promotion and Behaviour Change
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of a range of factors that influence health behaviour and the role of psychology in health promotion and behaviour change.
Psychology of Illness
This module aims to provide you with a broad knowledge-base of the role of psychology in the development of illness including physiological and psychological assessment methods as well as the experience of interacting with the healthcare system.
Living with Long Term Conditions
This module aims to provide you with a critical awareness of the role of psychology in the experience of diagnosis, progression and management of various long term conditions.
Advanced Psychological Research Methods in Context
The aim of this module is to provide you with advanced knowledge and skills related to quantitative and qualitative research methods within the context of applied psychology.
Professional Skills in Health Psychology
The aim of this module is to support your personal and professional development, and enable you to reflect on, and plan for, your own development as a trainee health psychologist and to support you accessing relevant opportunities during and on completion of the programme.
Empirical Research Project
It is intrinsic to the award of MSc that you present evidence of your capacity to conduct a substantial piece of independent empirical research that builds clearly upon your prior learning and which draws upon appropriate methodologies. The aim of this module is to allow you to identify a research issue, systematically review existing literature on the topic, formulate pertinent research questions and explore these questions through the application of contemporary psychological methodologies and appropriate data analysis and dissemination methods.
As part of this module you will attend the Midlands Health Psychology Network conference to gain experience of dissemination in practice.
100% of students said that they were happy with the support they received for planning their project, according to the 2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)
Applicants should normally have or expect to obtain at least a 2:1 honours degree in psychology or a closely related subject containing a significant element of psychology.
We’ll consider your reference and personal statement carefully, and we may invite you to come for an interview.
As above (or the equivalent international qualifications).
If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 in all areas.
- How to apply
Fees and finance
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£715 per 20 credits*
£715 per 20 credits*
£13,500 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
Postgraduate Certificate 60 Credits Postgraduate Diploma 120 Credits MA or MSc 180 Credits
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
Alumni discount for Derby graduates
Scholarships and bursaries
How you will learn
You’ll be taught by a dedicated team of chartered, registered, and research-active psychologists who have expert knowledge of health psychology theory, practice, and research. As part of the course you’ll undertake your own research project, specialising in an area of health psychology that particularly interests you and that is relevant to your career aspirations.
Our MSc Health Psychology combines research-led teaching with an innovative portfolio of assessments to ensure you develop both the knowledge and transferable skills necessary for progression towards Stage Two training or directly into employment. Our focus on professional skills is a key feature of the course.
Health psychology graduates work in a range of settings across the NHS, industry, local authority, voluntary, and academic settings in the application of psychology to aspects of health, illness, and health care.
If you study this course on-campus full-time, you’ll attend the University two days a week. If you choose to study part-time, you’ll attend one day a week.
The programme is assessed via 100% coursework. Assessments are matched to the individual module learning outcomes, which are derived from the course aims and learning outcomes. All module assessments require critical reasoning and evaluation in order for students to meet learning outcomes.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Careers and employability
Health psychology specialists work in a range of settings across the NHS, industry and local authorities as well as in the voluntary sector and academia.
A number of our graduates have gone on to deliver services in health promotion, mental health and chronic illness management or run initiatives such as stop smoking campaigns. There are also opportunities to enter other graduate professions such as education and management.
Some of our students have gone on to stage two postgraduate training in order to practise as registered health psychologists whilst others have secured funded PhDs in health psychology related areas. Others have used the MSc to gain places on clinical psychology training programmes or to access training in areas including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Increasing Access to Psychological Treatment (IAPT).
What our students say
"I found the course at Derby very interesting and stimulating, as it was a different style of studying to undergraduate. I particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to conduct three pieces of research throughout the course. I loved the fact that some of the coursework involved applying health psychology theory and knowledge to real-life situations, such as writing case studies and planning interventions. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, and are supportive of research ideas that are less conventional and more integrative of health psychology and other disciplines. I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering doing a masters in health psychology."
Emma-Louise Randall, graduate
"Following the completion of a BSc in Psychology at the University of Derby (First Class Honours) I decided to continue my studies at the university and pursue an MSc in Health Psychology. Upon completion of the MSc, I will have completed stage 1 training to become a Health Psychologist which is my desired area of work. The University of Derby stands out compared to other institutions. The psychology team view each and every student as individuals, not numbers, and offer fantastic support, guidance and opportunities throughout the degree. The lecturers are absolutely amazing, I am so lucky and privileged to have attended this university and be taught by knowledgeable, passionate, hardworking lecturers." Read Daniel's full story here
Daniel Gaffiero, current student