Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£875 per 20 credits* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,700 for the full programme (2020/21)

Course level




Start date

See below


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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. 100% of our students are satisfied with the overall quality of the course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019)

In our most recent accreditation visit we received six commendations from the BPS for our course. In particular, we were commended for:

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).

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100%of our students are satisfied with the overall quality of the course**Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019
100%of our students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating**Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019
100%of our students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they teach**Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019

What you will study

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

In addition, during your MSc programme you will attend the Midlands Health Psychology Network conference to gain experience of dissemination in practice.

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.

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We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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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.

Who will teach you

Dr Amy Baraniak

Dr Amy Baraniak
Programme leader

Amy teaches across both the undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology programmes and is programme leader for our MSc Health Psychology programme. She is also involved in supervising undergraduate and postgraduate student projects and is an early-career researcher representative on the University Professorial Council.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for UK students: 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.

Entry requirements for EU/international students: As above (or the equivalent international qualifications). If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.5 in all areas.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)


£875 per 20 credits*

£875 per 20 credits*


£14,700 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 Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 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.

Additional costs and optional extras

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International student scholarship

We're offering a £2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a full-time postgraduate taught programme (PGT). Terms and conditions apply.

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How to apply


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).

Contact us

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† Additional information about your studies

September start - full-time and part-time

January start - part-time only, subject to spaces

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Teaching hours

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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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