Manchester Metropolitan University

Health Psychology

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. 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 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. Usually, you'll focus on applied research in a service that you have a link with, such as a health organisation, charity or community group.

Entry requirements

MSc: 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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site M15 6BH North West

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