Health Psychology at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS

Course summary

How can we understand, intervene and promote health and wellbeing across the course of life? Health psychology works to answer this question, looking towards the interaction of psychological, social and biological factors to understand health and illness. Health psychology moves away from the medicalisation of health and illness. Instead, on this course, you take a more whole-person approach to understanding health and illness, studying social issues and aspects such as obesity, lifestyle and stress. Taught by an academic team actively involved in research in the field, you benefit from their up-to-the-minute knowledge and research skills. This course forms stage one of the training you need to become a chartered psychologist member of the Division of Health Psychology within the British Psychological Society. Why choose this course?

  • Gain new insights into the theory and practice of health psychology
  • Learn to show how the links between scientific theory and practice can guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data
  • Develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems in the field
  • Gain confident knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods which will allow you to perform complex data analysis, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis
  • Develop your competence in a range of techniques including multivariate analyses
  • Benefit from a strong sense of personal responsibility and professionalism that will enable you to practise or conduct research within ethical guidelines


Areas of study include:

  • Advanced Research Methods for Health Psychologists
  • Dissertation (Health Psychology)
  • Health Psychology in Context
  • Lifestyle and Individual Differences
  • Mechanisms of Health and Disease
  • Perceptions and Actions
  • Professional Skills for Health Psychologists
  • Public Health
  • Stress, Coping and Chronic Disease
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Assessment method

The primary focus of this course is to ensure you build upon core skills developed through successful achievement of the completed Graduate Basis for Chartered Status (via an approved undergraduate degree or conversion postgraduate course) and move towards the competences required of a Health Psychologist as outlined in the Subject Benchmark statement for Psychology and aims and objectives of a Stage 1 Qualification in Health Psychology as set out by the British Psychological Society. The assessment strategy therefore reflects the academic rigour required for a British Psychological Society accredited MSc degree. The assessments are designed to test your academic knowledge, oral and written skills, use of literature using primary and secondary sources, critical analysis of ideas, connections made between theory, practice and real life situations and also the understanding and application of professional values, including ethical issues as detailed by the British Psychological Society. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate at the point of publication on the UCAS website. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website:

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. To be admitted to the course you are normally required: to have attained at least a second class honours degree in psychology to provide evidence of the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Fees and funding

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Health Psychology at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS