Health Psychology MSc (online)

Our course aims to provide students with a range of skills needed to understand health behaviours and psychological interventions involved in promoting wellbeing.

The Health Psychology MSc from Ulster University has been designed by an experienced team, including registered health psychologists with a strong academic and clinical background. Our course will enhance your professional skills, theoretical knowledge and understanding of health issues and psychology, enabling you to take your career to the next level.

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the broader principles and application of research methods and statistical techniques that drive health psychology. Our Health Psychology Masters establishes a strong foundation of common theoretical concepts, themes and issues relating to how psychology can improve our wellbeing through proper application.

If you’re looking to train as a health psychologist, or working as a healthcare consultant, Public Health Advisor or another health-related field, our course will equip you with the necessary leadership skills and knowledge to excel in your career.

  • Type
    MSc Online
  • Length
    Two years minimum, four years maximum, part-time
  • Intakes
    January, March, May, September and November
  • Fees
    £8,495
  • Typical Entry Requirements
    UK 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).
  • Applications open September 2021

Typical Entry Requirements

  • 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).
    OR
  • An accredited MSc Psychology conversion course with a merit grade or above.
  • Applicants will have to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grades A-C or equivalent).

Modules

  • Bio-Behavioural Mechanisms underlying Health
  • Individual Perspectives in Health Psychology
  • Methods and Issues in Research and Practice
  • Social, Cultural and Family Perspectives in Health Psychology
  • Context and Perspectives in Health Psychology
  • Models and Applications in Health Psychology
  • Dissertation for Health Psychology

Fees

Total Course fees: £8,495

Fees are payable on a module by module basis. Fees shown above are applicable for the 2021/22 academic year of entry. Fees illustrated are subject to increase at the start of each academic year. Terms and conditions apply.

Funding

Flexible options allow students, sponsors or their employers to make payment as easy as possible. A 10% Alumni Discount is available for eligible candidates.
Fees are payable flexibly on a module by module basis.

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About the Course

Health psychology is a fast-growing field. Driven by the global increase in non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, obesity and chronic illnesses, there is a recognised need for a psychological approach to manage lifestyle choices to address wellbeing and educate people about their health.

On our Health Psychology MSc, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of health psychology and its scientific foundation. Students will learn how to use their knowledge of psychology and health to promote well-being, as well to help people manage the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness.

Study anytime and anywhere with our 100% online distance learning Masters. You will learn from active researchers and registered health psychologists with a strong academic and clinical background. Plus, Ulster University has distinguished itself with its outstanding research. Renowned for its world-class research, Ulster University is in the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research power (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).

Our Masters will allow you to specialise in the increasingly critical and relevant area of health and illness management and place you on the pathway to become a Registered Health Psychologist or work in research, public health, healthcare consultancy, community healthcare or charity.

Why choose this course?

Ulster University is renowned for its world-class teaching, facilities and outstanding research.

Our Health Psychology MSc is taught by a qualified and credible teaching staff with strong academic and clinical backgrounds made up of registered health psychologists and chartered psychologists.
We have an established reputation for delivering world-class research and are in the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research based on research power (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).
With over two decades of experience in delivering online teaching to over 1,500 students across Ireland and the UK, we provide flexible distance learning courses where students can study around their commitments.

On our Health Psychology Masters, you can access all learning and supporting materials, discussion boards and readings via Ulster’s 24/7 online learning portal. Ulster University offers excellent support to both on-campus and online students. Dedicated student success advisors provide support throughout your student journey, from registration to graduation and offer support from careers advice, research opportunities to academic support.

Ulster University is committed to delivering excellent teaching and research that positively impacts on the health of our society and the prosperity of our economy.

Fees

Total Course fees: £8,495

Fees are payable flexibly on a module by module basis.

A 10% Alumni Discount is available for eligible candidates.

Fees shown above are applicable for the 2021/22 academic year of entry. Fees illustrated are subject to increase at the start of each academic year. Terms and conditions apply.

Intakes

Start when it suits you with intakes in the 2021/22 academic year in January, March, May, September and November.

Entry Requirements

To enrol in the course, applicants will require

  • EITHER
    • At least a 2:1 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
    • Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grades A-C or equivalent).

English language requirements

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement. Ulster University also recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements but demonstrate relevant professional experience will also be considered for this course. Please enquire with our enrolment advisors for further information.

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2021/2022 academic year of entry and may be subject to change. (Please check back on the website for further details.)

Modules

Graduates of the programme will emerge with skills that cover an extensive range of disciplines. The course comprises of six core modules and a dissertation:

  • Bio-Behavioural Mechanisms underlying Health
  • Individual Perspectives in Health Psychology
  • Methods and Issues in Research and Practice (MIRP)
  • Social, Cultural and Family Perspectives in Health Psychology
  • Context and Perspectives in Health Psychology
  • Models and Applications in Health Psychology (MAHP)

Dissertation in Health Psychology

  • You will also be required to complete a Dissertation for Health Psychology

Our flexible programme is structured to allow you to take on the course at your own pace and enable you to fit studies around your work and life commitments.

To complete the full MSc degree, you need to successfully complete all modules as well as the dissertation to earn the necessary 180 credits. Through your dissertation, you will have the opportunity to apply your newly acquired skills and knowledge to solve health and illness issues.

Programme Learning Outcomes

Through our course, successful students will:

  • Display in-depth knowledge and understanding or the appropriate and ethical use and application of qualitative and quantitative methods and statistical analyses used in health psychology.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness and understanding of professional behaviour, within health psychology, in a variety of contexts with other health professionals and client groups.
  • Display a critical awareness and understanding of professional behaviour, within health psychology, in a variety of contexts with other health professionals and client groups.
  • Critically evaluate theories of behaviour change applied to health-related behaviours and cognitions.
  • Identify and apply the techniques appropriate to research in health psychology.
  • Identify and apply the skills necessary for the assessment of psychological factors relevant to health psychology.

The Faculty

The Faculty of Life and Health Sciences is a leading provider of health-related education, with almost 6,500 students and approximately 250 academic staff.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has a strong reputation in the Health Psychology field and was the first to provide a distance learning MSc in Health Psychology accredited by the BPS in the UK.

Our teaching staff are composed of a dedicated and research active group of academics, including some active registered health psychologists. Our psychologists have links with several professional organisations including the Public Health Agency and Health Trusts. The School of Psychology is also actively involved with the Division of Health Psychology at regional, national and international level.

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