Manchester Metropolitan University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Health Psychology (Taught)

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Course summary

Overview Understand why our healthy new years’ resolutions always fizzle out despite our good intentions. Explore how our brains and bodies process stress and how psychology could help you fight off your next cold. Discover how to assess neuropsychological function. Health psychology is a rapidly growing discipline, which can make a huge contribution to some of the big health issues currently facing society. Health psychologists have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, frequently in the media spotlight as one of the expert groups helping our populations keep well and cope with illness, isolation, stress and the many ways life has changed. On this course, you’ll ask questions about the key health issues facing our communities, from our ageing population to pressurised health services, global health challenges and health inequalities. You’ll explore human behaviour, health behaviour change, neuropsychology and research methods. And, you’ll seek ways to improve health, illness and healthcare systems through applying psychological theory and practical methods. Some of the topics you’ll consider include the factors that make a person vulnerable to developing conditions like coronary heart disease or COVID-19, and why where people live matters to their health outcomes. You might apply psychology to ensuring that children get enough physical activity, in understanding the experience of people living with a stroke, or how we can help people with diabetes to take their medications. You’ll also study the principles and practice of research and evaluation, applying these skills to a field-based dissertation. You’ll complete a 70-hour work-based learning opportunity to apply your health psychology learning and build your work experience. Features and benefits

  • Work-based learning - We offer you a 70-hour work-based learning opportunity in a relevant organisation or chance to work on a live project, applying your knowledge and skills to solving real-world problems.
  • Accredited - This course is accredited as a Stage 1 MSc Health Psychology by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the first stage to becoming a qualified health psychologist.
  • Research project - You’ll complete a dissertation project, learning skills in designing, delivering and evaluating psychology research with real-life applications.
  • Contemporary teaching - Our teaching team includes practitioners and academics with experience across the NHS and private practices (in the UK and internationally).
  • Outstanding facilities - You’ll have access to our specialist facilities for psychology demonstration and practice, including an fNIR imaging research device, 12 experimental testing laboratories and 6 psychology laboratories.
  • Research active department - The Department of Psychology is home to the Stress, Health and Performance Research Group.
  • Expand your knowledge - Our innovative mix of assessments include skills-based assessments and a reflective practice log.

Course details

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above in an honours degree course in psychology or a related subject, or an overseas equivalent in a related subject. You do not need a BPS-accredited psychology degree to study on this MSc, but you will need this to pursue further UK health psychology training following the course. Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Fees and funding

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Health Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University - UCAS