Keele University

Keele University

Psychology of Health and Well-Being

The course provides research training and taught content in the psychology of health and well being, building on areas of staff research expertise at Keele. It prepares students for a PhD in psychological aspects of health and well being and other psychology-related careers. Study areas include: critical social psychological approach to the study of health, illness, ageing and well-being; qualitative, participatory and arts-based research approaches; social engagement among older people; the changing role of theatre in representing and constructing ageing; health promotion and community development; the impact of material deprivation and social exclusion on health and well-being; participatory action research; health promotion research and evaluation projects (e.g. on smoking cessation, healthy eating and healthy weight maintenance); ecopsychology (people's relationship with the natural world and how it can help in healing); mental health, primary care and service user involvement; and the mental health of young offenders.

Entry requirements

This course is open to graduates with a 1st or Upper 2nd Class degree in psychology or overseas equivalent. Individuals without such qualifications but with other relevant experience should contact the course director to discuss whether they would benefit from the course.

Course modules

Core modules: theory and methodology in psychology; qualitative data analysis; quantitative data analysis 2. Specialist modules: special topics in psychology 1; special topics in psychology 2; research apprenticeship.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through coursework, verbal presentation of research, unseen examination and independent research written up as a final dissertation (15,000-20,000 words). The pass mark in each module is 50% (40% for level 3 modules), and all modules must be passed to obtain the MSc.

Sponsorship information

All applicants may apply for one of three School of Psychology bursaries of �1,000.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,530 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 13,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,045 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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