Health Psychology MSc
Frequently Asked Questions

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Thinking about Ulster’s online MSc in Health Psychology? We’ve put together answers to some of the most common questions we’re asked about the course. If you need more help or have other queries, please get in touch with our Enrolment Advisors on +44(0)2034673225 or email

The British Psychological Society (BPS) is national professional body for professional psychology and is responsible for the promotion for excellence and ethical practice in the science, education, and representation of the interests of psychologists. 

Our Health Psychology Masters is BPS accredited. Graduating with this accreditation demonstrates that you have an in-depth knowledge of the necessary skills needed to apply psychology professionally and ethically to treat illness and healthcare. 

Successful completion of our Masters acts as Stage 1 Training and is essential to practising as a registered and chartered psychologist. It also increases your likelihood of standing out to employers and organisations after graduation and shows that you have a good knowledge of the fundamentals behind health psychology. 

Learn more about the importance of BPS accreditation.

Graduating with a BPS accredited degree is essential to practising as a registered and chartered psychologist in the UK. It also demonstrates that you have developed a strong understanding of the key issues and concepts that affect health psychology, wellbeing and treatment.  

Through modules such as Models and Application in Health Psychology, you will explore theories of health beliefs and the models that have been developed to predict and explain behaviour, with an aim to understand how behaviour can be modified to improve health. Also, through our Social, Cultural and Family Perspectives in Health Psychology module, you will learn about the role of a Health Psychology and how they work within public health and prevention.  

At the end of our course, the skills you have developed will contribute to helping you to stand out to employers through your understanding of the core principles driving health psychology. 

Read more on the Top Careers in Health Psychology blog. 

Our Masters is 100% online. You can study anytime and anywhere at your own pace.

Learn more about the benefits of studying a Masters in Health Psychology online at Ulster on the blog.

Our flexible carousel approach to distance learning means you can study wherever and whenever it suits you. This lets you tackle each module around your home and work commitments. You can even take a planned break if you need to, and pick up your studies later.

All your course materials will be available through our interactive online portal. As well as the hours you’ll spend in private study, you’ll be able to join live seminars, group tutorials and discussion forums, talk one-on-one with lecturers and review recorded material at times that suit you.

Course content varies with each module so could include any of the above, as well as problem-based learning exercises around actual case studies.

You’ll also be able to network and collaborate with fellow students wherever they are based in the world.

Read more about the benefits of online learning.

There is no difference between the qualification you receive on our distance learning course and any equivalent qualification which you might study on campus. Our online Health Psychology MSc is only delivered as a distance learning programme, meaning that our expert tutors and course leaders are solely dedicated to your learning and success as online students.

Our dedicated academic tutors and staff will help you to gain the skills needed to stand out to employers and begin your journey to becoming a Registered Health Psychologist.

For each module, you’ll have regular virtual assessments to help you keep on track. The format of these will vary but they will all be submitted through our eLearning portal. The course will combine academic theory with real world practice, so you’ll be able to tailor your projects and assessments to your current role. This means you’ll be able to apply your new knowledge in everyday working life, even before graduation. 

The great thing about our online course is the flexibility it gives you to organise your studies around existing commitments. As a guideline however, the recommended study time for this course is 15-20 hours a week, during teaching periods, so it’s ideal for busy working professionals. Plus, our distance learning delivery and flexible learning model means you’ll be able to balance your studies alongside any existing commitments – no need for a career break or to disrupt your personal life, you will be able to pause your studies whenever you need. 

All you need is a reliable internet connection. Throughout your course, you’ll access your online learning materials though our Blackboard e-learning portal, which also gives you access to all your in-course communication tools, advice and support services.
You’ll need one of the following recommended computer operating systems:

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 or newer
  • Linux – Chrome OS
  • Mobile – iOS 7 or newer/Android 4.2 or newer

You’ll be part of a supportive, engaging community, and during each module, you’ll participate in interactive seminars with tutors, group tasks with other students and more. Throughout, your course leader will be available to assist you with your studies and any academic questions.  

You’ll also be assigned a Student Success Advisor, who will be there to support you from day one to graduation. Whether you need pastoral guidance, help meeting deadlines or advice about fees, they’ll be on hand at every step. 

Applying for our Masters is easy and quick, and you can apply online on our course page for our intakes in January, March, May, September and November. A personal Enrolment Advisor will be with you at every step of the way, in case you have any questions about your application. 

To enrol in the course, applicants will require either: at least an upper second-class honours degree in psychology conferring eligibility for GBC membership of the British Psychological Society (or National/international Equivalent e.g. PSI).  Or an accredited MSc Psychology conversion course with a merit grade or above. 

Plus, applicants will have to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grades A-C or equivalent).   

After receiving your application, our Admissions Team will aim to respond to you as soon as possible. 

The full course fee for 2022/23 is £8,495* for UK, EU and International students. You’ll be able to pay your fees in module-by-module instalments, spreading the cost out over the duration of your course.  

For more information about this, plus any financial support you may be entitled to, please contact our Enrolment Team on +442034673225 or at 

*Please note, fees for new intakes, starting in subsequent academic years, may change. 

You will need either a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology conferring eligibility for GBC membership of the British Psychological Society (OR a national or an international equivalent e.g. PSI).