Online course details
Part-time: 2-3 years
£9,495 (2021/22)/EU ‡
January, September, May
Online course description
Please note that due to the popularity of our BPS accredited courses we urge you to apply early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.
If you have an undergraduate degree in psychology, you can benefit from this flexible online Health Psychology Masters degree. Accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS), this course provides you with stage one health psychology professional training. Successful completion of stage one health psychology training is a prerequisite for stage two training whereby trainees work towards achieving status as a Chartered member of the BPS (CPsychol) and a Registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Our online MSc Health Psychology degree covers the theoretical and foundation professional issues in health psychology. It provides excellent preparation for many roles within the NHS, public, private and charity sectors. And since you’ll cover the latest research in this field and undertake your own research, it will also equip you to move onto a career in health psychology research or to study for a PhD.
Tutors that are experts in practice and research
You'll be taught by our team of research active psychologists, who have expert knowledge of health psychology theory, practice and research. You won't just be looking at the theoretical side of health psychology therefore; you'll also be exploring the issues faced by today's health psychology professionals. Their comprehensive knowledge and professional experience will really help you learn. And their strong research profile means that you'll be part of a vibrant department at the forefront of developments in health psychology.
Flexible study to fit around your lifestyle
Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. Course modules still operate within a fixed semester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures. If you are employed full-time or bringing up a family, this flexibility is invaluable.
We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.
To complete the MSc Health Psychology, you will need to complete all of the prescribed modules. The order in which you take them will be dependent on your start date (ie January, May or September). We will contact you with details of your study pattern before you need to register for enrolment.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Pace of study
Although the 2 year accelerated route is available, we would encourage you to study at the standard rate and for this we recommend about 20 hours of study per week.
Those students who would be interested in studying at the 2 year accelerated route should contact the programme leader prior to enrolment to discuss their suitability for this pathway and must be able to dedicate 40 hours per week to their studies.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
Applicants are required normally to have at least a 2:1 Honours Degree in Psychology, which is recognised by the British Psychological Society for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). A 2:2 Honours Degree may be accepted if the applicant has relevant work experience or can demonstrate an ability to study at Level 7 through the completion of other postgraduate study.
Are you an overseas student?
If you are an international student with a degree that is not accredited by the BPS or is accredited by a different association, you can apply independently to the BPS to see if your degree can be recognised. For further information or guidance, please contact us.
English language qualification
If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 580 (paper based) 237 (computer based) or 92 (internet based)
- Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
- International GCE O-level English Language: grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: grade C
If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.
‡2021/22 Fees for new entrants
Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.
| ||Per 20 credits||Modules||Cost|
||7 (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module)
2022/23 Fees for new entrants
Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.
| ||Per 20 credits||Modules||Cost|
||7 (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module)
About your fees
This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.
However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:
- Pay your full course fees upfront, or
- When enrolling in September, pay for all of your modules to be studied in that academic year upfront
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three payment plan options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
Masters funding options
Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.
Alumni discount for Derby graduates
We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.
Find out more about our Alumni discount
Students should apply directly to the University.
For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.
As well as developing core health psychology knowledge on this course, you'll have the opportunity to develop your personal, academic and professional skills. We will also give you an introduction to a range of health psychology professional competencies in areas such as teaching and training, research and consultancy.
It’s this valuable content that has enabled previous graduates to:
- complete stage two training through taught or independent routes in order to become a BPS Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and a registered Health Psychologist with the HCPC
- move into various roles within the NHS, such as health promotion, mental health and chronic illness management
- gain places on clinical psychology training programmes or access other related training including CBT and IAPT
- funded/self funded PhDs in health psychology areas
The level and academic credibility of this qualification has enabled many graduates to pursue other, non-psychology related graduate professions, such as teaching and management.
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