University of St Andrews

Health Psychology MSc

University of St Andrews
In St Andrews

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Typology Postgraduate
Location St andrews (Scotland)
Duration 1 Year
  • Postgraduate
  • St andrews (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    1 Year

The MSc in Health Psychology starts students on the path to becoming a Chartered Psychologist and provides training in the applications of psychological theory and research methods.

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St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ


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· What are the objectives of this course?

Completion of the course provides a Stage 1 Professional Training for Chartered Health Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society. Students have the opportunity for placements in clinical settings, participating in at least 12 clinical placement visits (students will be required to meet travel costs of approximately £120). Students can access numerous labs including the Prep and Consultation labs (used for behavioural health-related research) and the Simulation Lab at the School of Medicine (used for running experimental studies and conducting face-to-face or telephone interviews).

· Who is it intended for?

Students enrolled on the MSc Health Psychology go on to employment opportunities in the NHS Psychological or Public Health Services or join health services research programmes. The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

· Requirements

A 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Psychology. This must be recognised by the British Psychological Society for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements. English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

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What you'll learn on the course

Health Psychology
Biological Systems
Decision Making
Data analysis

Course programme


Semester 1

  • Quality of Life, Communication and Chronic Illness: quality of life in health care settings, and the issues of caring for an increasing number of patients within modern health services with chronic conditions.
  • Theories of Health Psychology and Behaviour Change: covers the context and perspectives of health psychology, including a historical overview and current theories and approaches in health psychology.

Semester 2

  • Biological Systems and Development: introduces the importance of biological and developmental systems to the understanding of people's perceived and actual health status including methods of assessing health behaviour and intervening to change health behaviour.
  • Health Information, Prevention and Decision Making: the issues of provision of information and surrounding the decisions made by the general public about their health care.
  • Methods of Data Analysis in Psychology: advanced training in common statistics, qualitative methods and statistical modelling.
Whole year
  • Generic Research and Professional Skills in Psychology: introduces students to the various skills and issues that are of importance to academic psychologists irrespective of their particular area of research.
Research project and dissertation

Students will conduct and report a research project from a health psychology perspective. Projects may comprise field or laboratory-based studies.

The research project will be planned during both academic semesters and written during the summer. It will involve two to three months of data collection and will be written up as a 5000-word dissertation, in appropriate scientific journal style, to be submitted by a date specified in August.

Students will be assigned a supervisor who will provide guidance during the planning, research and writing phases.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.

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