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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course Summary

  • Learn to critically evaluate and apply different approaches, theories and models to health-related issues and behaviour change.
  • Develop your ability to reflect on your practice, planning and personal development.
  • Apply problem solving strategies to complex professional scenarios.
  • Develop research and systematic literature reviewing skills.
This course focuses on health psychology’s approach to understanding people’s experience of illness, disability and health. As part of the course you will acquire knowledge and skills which you will apply to enhance your professional practice. You will be encouraged to engage in reflection and reflexive practice which will enable you to further develop your skills in order to meet new challenges and understand ways to improve care. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. This course is multi-disciplinary exploring health and illness in terms of its psychological, sociological, biological and political context. Modules combine online learning with weekly on-campus study days. This provides flexible learning opportunities to enable a diverse range of students to study alongside employment and/or family commitments. Students attend an induction on campus in September, before typically attending half a day per week thereafter. You learn through
  • online study
  • work
  • problem solving
**Applied learning Live/real world projects** An important part of your learning is to apply your developing knowledge and skills to real-world problems, both individually and in group discussion. This enables you to develop a flexible application of knowledge to enhance your professional practice in a health or social care-related setting. Our course leaders are experts in clinical health practitioner work, both in private practice and in the NHS. Applied skills you'll learn range from health needs assessments to behaviour change interventions to systematic reviewing. The course aims to provide you with the ability to use your work or voluntary experience within a health and/or social care related setting to aid your learning and training. If you don’t currently work in a health-related setting, we have a careers workshop and a dedicated careers adviser who can help you find suitable employment or voluntary work. Networking opportunities Specialist research seminars, delivered by members of the department and guest speakers which include academics and practitioners, are used to deepen knowledge and understanding of the course content. All our courses are well supported by a comprehensive suite of career management services including interview training, and networking opportunities. There is also a week of dedicated focus on employability to give you early orientation to career opportunities, and we encourage an atmosphere of supportiveness among our students.


Compulsory modules Behaviour Change Interventions: Development And Evaluation Introduction To Research Methods Social Determinants Of Health Understanding Behaviour

Assessment method


Entry requirements

Applicants need one of the following: - BSc or BA Psychology with a 2.1 or above - BSc or BA in a closely related discipline (e.g., health, social, community care) with a 2.1 or above Applications from students who have achieved a 2.2 degree will be considered by the course leadership team. Where there is evidence that at least two of the following criteria have been met the applicant may be offered a place on the course: - Applicants have work experience in a health-related setting - Applicants have an enthusiasm for health psychology - Applicants have demonstrated their ability to achieve a 2.1 within their undergraduate degree (for example, transcripts reveal a 2.1 in key undergraduate curriculum areas such as research methods). All applicants are required to provide two satisfactory references (normally one of these will be an academic reference) and a personal statement. If you do not have GBC you can do a BPS accredited conversion course. We offer an MSc in Psychology that would give you eligibility for GBC, provided you achieve an overall mark of at least 50 per cent and pass your dissertation. You should be enthusiastic about psychology and have a good understanding of the British Psychological Society's core areas. If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Behaviour Change at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS