Qualification name:Health Psychology
Duration:1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements:2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Including:A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology that is recognised as providing GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) with the BPS (British Psychological Society)
Excluding:All other subjects
Other requirements:Proof of holding GBC must be stated as a condition of any offer (e.g. a formal letter from a University stating that their Bachelor programme in Psychology is accredited by the BPS and provides the basis for GBC).
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
The MSc Health Psychology was developed in 2003. This course is approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for accreditation towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and can be undertaken on either a full-time or part-time basis.
The course will be of interest to those wishing to pursue a career as a professional health psychologist or to those with an interest in the psychological concomitants of physical health. Future career opportunities for health psychologists are increasing and are available in the NHS, in industry and in academic settings.
Chartered Psychologist status
The accredited MSc Health Psychology will provide the first step towards Chartered Psychologist status for students who are eligible to hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Students will then need to complete a Stage 2 postgraduate training programme in health psychology to meet the requirements for the status of Chartered Psychologist (BPS) and Registered Health Psychologist (Health Professional Council).
Students applying for this course must be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
- The MSc Health Psychology emphasises the teaching team's established strengths in areas such as chronic illness, health-related support groups on the internet and practitioner/patient communication.
- Teaching is informed by current research. We believe that research and teaching should be developed and delivered to help students and staff make a difference in the real world.
Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake an applied research project. This is your opportunity to complete a major piece of independent research in a topic related to health psychology under the supervision of a suitably experienced member of academic staff.
The MSc in Health Psychology is delivered on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years. It commences in late September.
The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits’ worth of core modules and a 60-credit research project.
Part-time students on this course are taught alongside full-time students and the choice of modules (and therefore the timetable) is flexible and a matter for agreement between student and course director. In all cases, part-time students can access a wide range of teaching and learning facilities remotely via the student portal.
You will be required to study the following core modules in semester one:
Semester two covers the core modules listed below:
You will be required to study the following full year core modules:
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
Postgraduate Taught Funding
Financial support and highly competitive scholarships are available, and we encourage potential applicants to explore all funding possibilities. Please check the Graduate School for opportunities you may be eligible for in addition to those outlined here.
The University's Careers and Employability Service also provides a useful information service about further studies and sources of funding for graduates.
NB: Please note that scholarship applications cannot be considered until an offer has been made.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
Additional Funding Opportunities
Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding
Applicants who will be employed by the NHS in the East Midlands while they are undertaking their studies may be eligible to apply for Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding through the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery. Funding will be available for both full programmes and individual modules.
See also: Fees
Within the programme we focus on career development and through our Professional Development Centre you will have the opportunity to develop practical skills important for your future career development. The University of Nottingham remains one of the UK's 10 universities most targeted by recruiters. Some 2,000 employers approach the University each year. Together with the University'sCareers and Employability Service, we will help you plan your future.
Our MSc Health Psychology students have gone on to varied and interesting careers and further study, including:
- Working for the National Health Service (eg within health promotion such as drug awareness officers and smoking cessations advisors; chronic illness management eg in pain management clinics)
- Clinical psychology doctorate
- PhD programmes
- Research assistant/associate (eg exploring binge drinking; obesity; aspects of chronic illness)
- Stage 2 doctorate
- UK Government departments (eg Department of Health)
What our students say.
The quality of our graduates is widely recognised by employers and recent graduates have been recruited to a wide range of major UK organisations. Programme directors will be happy to provide general information about career prospects in relation to their courses and to advise you on the most appropriate course depending upon the career path you have in mind.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 98% of postgraduates in the School of Medicine who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,261 with the highest being £75,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field . Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.