University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Health Psychology

Health psychology is an exciting and growing branch of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to behaviours and beliefs related to health and illness. Health psychologists' interests are firmly in line with government health agendas, and include the promotion of positive health behaviours in adults and children; reducing obesity, binge drinking, smoking and stress; and increasing psychological wellbeing. The route to Chartered Psychologist status is through the attainment of an accredited Masters (Stage One), followed by supervised professional practice (Stage Two). Our MSc Health Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for Stage One of the training required to work towards becoming qualified as a Chartered Psychologist and practitioner health psychologist.

Entry requirements

Admission to this course is through gaining an honours degree that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC, previously known as GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). This would usually be of class 2:2 or above in Psychology. It is not essential to have studied health psychology at undergraduate level to apply for this course.
International applicants should check eligibility for GBC with the BPS. For more information visit
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

You will study the following modules:
•Contexts and Perspectives in Health Psychology
•Research Methods in Health Psychology: Measurement & Professional Issues
•Applications of Health Psychology
•Health-related Cognitions and Behaviour
•Stress, Health and Illness
•A Lifespan Perspective on Health, Illness & Disability
•Independent Research Dissertation

Assessment methods

Assessments include essays, research reports, presentations, a systematic review and the development of a health promotion campaign.
The course has also been commended by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for its range of assessment methods, particularly the Professional Development Log, which provides valuable training in Continuing Professional Development - a core skill for practitioner psychologists.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Treforest Campus Pontypridd CF37 1DL Wales

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