Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Health Psychology

Recent advances in psychological, medical, and physiological research have led to a new way of thinking about health and illness. This conceptualises health and illness as the product of a combination of factors including biological characteristics such as genetic predisposition, behavioural factors such as lifestyle, stress, health beliefs, and social conditions such as cultural influences, family relationships, social support. Utilising this framework, the primary goals of health psychology are centred on: Understanding the causes of health conditions, promotion and maintenance of health; the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of physical and mental illness; the study of psychological, social, emotional, and behavioural factors in physical and mental illness; the improvement of the health care system; and the formulation of health policy. The programme emphasises the application of psychology to health in different contexts and settings, identifying how psychological approaches can be used to understand and change the way people think and behave in relation to health, illness and health care issues. You will investigate individual differences in health and to review a range of health conditions applying the theoretical and practical aspects of health psychology.

Entry requirements

Graduates interested in pursuing Health Psychology as a career need a good honours degree in Psychology (upper second class or above) and eligibility for GBC. Applications from those who show that they have some experience of working in health are welcomed. Overseas students whose qualifications have satisfied the BPS conditions for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) will be admitted in accordance with the University's regulations. In addition, international students should hold IELTS English language at a minimum of 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Analysis for health psychology; research methodology for health psychology; health psychology (context and application); living with long-term conditions; psychological aspects of health and illness; stress and health; fundamental issues in health psychology; empirical project.

Assessment methods

A range of methods are used throughout the programme to assess the learning outcomes of individual modules. These include: Essays, reports, seminar papers, exams, project work and an empirical dissertation. This assessment strategy attempts to ensure a reasonable spread of assessments over the duration of the programme.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,125 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Full-time £ 10,600 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time - 48 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool L3 2AJ North West

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