University of Hull

University of Hull

Health Psychology

In this vocational programme you will learn about psychological principles used to research and promote changes in people�s attitudes, behaviour and thinking about health and illness. The MSc, pending accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS), is designed to provide training in health psychology that meets BPS requirements. Its completion enables you to undertake the Stage 2 training which enables you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a health psychologist. The course is led by chartered psychologists and teaching staff who are active in research. It is further enhanced by our close working relationships with health and social care providers which enable us to offer placement and research opportunities providing key experience and improved career prospects. Students are taught how to design, plan and conduct health-related research and how to evaluate papers, theories, findings and methods used within health psychology. Learning takes place in lectures, seminars, laboratories and through directed personal study. There is also an opportunity to undertake a placement. All students are supported through the design, conduct, analysis and write-up of an empirical research project.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours British Psychological Society accredited psychology degree, or have BPS Graduate Basis for Charted Membership (GBC) by the Special Case route. Applicants without a GBC, may still register for the MSc but will not achieve a Stage 1 Qualification. However, graduates of the programme may arrange to achieve this status afterwards. Competence in English is required for international students. For example: IELTS with 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each skill; previous study in English is accepted.; Candidates that do not meet the language requirements may take an English course at the University of Hull prior to entering the programme.

Course modules

Core modules Research Methods for psychology; changing health behaviours; professional practice and communication skills; contexts of health and illness; health psychology in practice; philosophical and theoretical issues in health pPsychology. Optional modules: Due to BPS Stage 1 requirements, options are not possible on this programme. Empirical dissertation: This module aims to enhance students� independent research skills for designing, planning, conducting, analysing, and writing up a research project relevant to health psychology; develop your critical, in-depth knowledge of a specific area of health psychology; and increase your academic analytical and writing skills.

Assessment methods

You will also have group and individual based Academic Support Tuition (AST) where you further develop your professional training as health psychologists. Topics covered include ethics for practitioner psychologists, specific qualitative research methods (e.g. focus groups, observational techniques and sequential analysis), and self-evaluation of your professional development.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,610 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 14,995 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,610 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hull Campus Hull HU6 7RX Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

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