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Course summary

Birkbeck's Master's degree in health and clinical psychological sciences is designed for graduates with a background in psychology, neuroscience or health sciences, who want to deepen their understanding of cutting-edge contemporary research in health (including health psychology, applied neuroscience and neuropsychology) and the factors contributing to physical and mental health outcomes.  The course will deepen your understanding of the methods and insights of contemporary health and clinical psychological sciences, including applied neuroscience. You will develop your generic research skills, learn advanced quantitative and qualitative methods, and study how best to design and evaluate interventions. The emphasis is on mixed-method approaches and we will support you in developing a cross-disciplinary approach to appraising research and carrying out an extended critical review (MA) or conducting a research project (MSc) within an area of contemporary psychology. This involves formulating a research question, conducting a literature review, assessing arguments and the available evidence, and writing up your study in a format suitable for publication. We offer different module combinations to give you the choice of studying for an MA or MSc. Highlights

  • Birkbeck's Department of Psychological Sciences has an outstanding research tradition, with an international reputation in all aspects of cognitive neuroscience, especially developmental cognitive neuroscience. You will have the opportunity to attend research seminars and to meet and network with world-class researchers, both in the Department and at other leading research centres and institutes at Birkbeck and in the Bloomsbury area.
  • Our Department of Psychological Sciences is consistently regarded as one of the top psychological sciences departments in the UK. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, and for the third time, it was ranked in the top ten universities in the UK.
  • If you have a strong academic record but require financial support to take this course, you may be eligible for the Kenway Legacy Scholarship, which will cover the cost of your tuition fees.
  • ESRC funding may be available in conjunction with PhD study.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Assessment is through a combination of presentations, written worksheets, essays, a critical review and mini systematic review, and a dissertation.


How to apply

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in writing. If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in psychology or a related discipline (e.g. neuroscience, nursing or health sciences). Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5835 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5835 Year 1
Scotland £5835 Year 1
Wales £5835 Year 1
International £9615 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Health and Clinical Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS