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Health Psychology MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

About the course

Health_PsychologyPlease note: Health Psychology is now closed to new applications for 2014 entry. We are open and taking enquiries and applications for 2015 entry.

Health Psychology MSc provides an opportunity for you to explore the many ways in which psychology can be applied to an understanding of health and illness, and applied to modern healthcare systems.

As well as focusing on a range of theories, models and studies within the discipline, the course benefits from two distinctive strands which are especially pertinent to working as a contemporary  health psychologist - namely a focus on social and cultural diversity and inter-professional relationships.

There is detailed coverage of social and cultural diversity , using psychology to tackle health inequalities, inter professional relationships and eating behaviours across the lifespan.

  • Professionally accredited and recently commended by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Designed and delivered in collaboration with experienced practitioner psychologists working within the NHS
  • Our experienced practitioner and research-based academic staff have presented their innovative research at national and international conferences
  • Benefit from inter-professional learning and develop a range of transferrable skills, alongside individuals from a range backgrounds
  • Suitable for recent graduates and experienced professionals looking to enhance their specialist skills and career opportunities
  • Develop your practical and professional skills through multi-disciplinary hospital and community-based learning experiences.

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Key facts

Duration: One year full-time, flexible part-time study over two-three years

Attendance: Two days per week for full-time students. Variable for part-time students depending on the duration of their studies

Start Date: September 2014

Entry and admission criteria

2014 and 2015 entry

  • Applicants are usually expected to possess (or be predicted to obtain) a First or 2:1 award from a BPS accredited Psychology course (or international equivalent). Students with a 2.2 award will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Applicants are usually invited to interview as part of the selection process. Alternative arrangements can be made if you are unable to attend in person
  • You must complete a declaration form and enhanced DBS disclosure application form (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. If you are unable to attend, alternative arrangements may be made
  • If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 including a minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent, is essential. English language tuition is available both before and during the course if you need it.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching typically includes lectures, group seminars and individual tutorials, You are encouraged to become an independent and proactive learner, and we will recommend reading and electronic resources for independent study to help develop the breadth and depth of your knowledge.

The majority of your studies will take place at the university but we also incorporate hospital and community - based learning experiences. There is a significant focus on developing skills that are transferable to a variety of careers and contexts on an international level.

Learning activities are designed to help you develop your teamwork, presentation and problem-solving skills, plus more traditional academic skills such as synthesis, evaluation and application. We also help you to develop your skills and understanding in professional areas such as ethics and reflective practice.

You will benefit from the support of a personal academic tutor, who you are encouraged to meet with regularly.

We also offer a range of additional support services to help you develop the skills required for Master’s level study.

Assessment typically includes project work, essays and literature reviews, problem-based activities and electronic-learning tasks. Bespoke guidance materials are provided for all forms of assessment on the course.

Course modules

There is detailed coverage of social and cultural diversity, using psychology to tackle health inequalities, inter-professional relationships and eating behaviours across the lifespan.

The MSc is made up of theoretical, work-related and research-based modules, including;

  • Theories and Perspectives in Health Psychology 
    explores the biopsychosocial model of health and evaluates the ways in which lifestyles and health-enhancing and health- compromising behaviours (such as exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption) impact on our well-being
  • Mind, Body and Health 
    investigates the ways in which mind and body interact to affect health, and also explores the role of personality factors and social support
  • Understanding and Managing Chronic Health Conditions 
    develops a detailed understanding of how living with a long-term health condition affects the individual, their carers andfamily members
  • Critical and International Perspectives on Health Psychology 
    integrates psychological and sociological perspectives to develop understanding of health and illness among disadvantaged communities in the UK and around the world
  • Psychology of Health and Food through The Lifespan 
    focuses on adaptive and maladaptive eating behaviours through the human lifespan
  • Health Psychology in Theory and Contemporary Practice 
    explores the theoretical perspectives that inform the work of modern day health psychologists and discusses how these are applied in practice
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis for Applied Psychologists 
    introduces you to a range of ways of collecting, analysing, and presenting research data
  • Advanced Applied Psychology Dissertation - is an independent research project in a health-related topic area of your choice.

Academic expertise

The Health Psychology course is delivered by a team of academic health psychologists, based at DMU, in collaboration with practitioner psychologists working within the NHS.

All academic staff contributing to the course are research active, have presented their research at national and international conferences and published in specialist journals including:

  • Social Science and Medicine
  • European Eating Disorders Review
  • Journal of Health Psychology

Sample timetable

Below is a sample timetable for a first year [Course Title] student.

The timetable gives an idea of the types of classes you may attend and an indication of contact hours per week. You will be expected to complete at least [X] hours of self-directed study in addition to these scheduled classes.

Sample Timetable

Graduate careers

The Health Psychology course is designed to deliver a range of transferable skills and enhance your employability across a range of health and social care careers. Health psychology is an expanding area of global employment, with opportunities for graduates in hospitals, universities and community-based organisations.

Successful graduates can also progress on to doctoral study, including stage two training in Health Psychology or PhD.

Fees and funding

Fees 2014/15

Full-time £4860
Part Time £4860
15 credit taught module £405
60 credit dissertation £1620
Full-time £12,200


As part of the universities commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates.
Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >|

How to apply

UKPASS is the postgraduate equivalent of UCAS and gives you a simple and efficient way to apply online. It allows you to search for a course and guides you through the application process. Using UKPASS you can apply for up to ten courses for free.

You can create your application in your own time, so you can consider, research and complete each section at your own speed. You can track your applications as they progress, and can also receive and reply to offers online. Apply online with UKPASS|

You will need to attach qualification transcripts, references and evidence of English language (if you are an overseas student) with your UKPass application. If these documents are not attached to your original application, this will delay the process of your application.

International students can also apply directly to DMU using our online applications portal|.

Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Online enquiry form|

T: +44 (0)116 250 6070
E: hls@dmu.ac.uk|
W: dmu.ac.uk/hls|

Case Study

“A postgraduate degree helps you to better understand your subject, and also further your knowledge of the career options available to you. My experience at DMU has been really enjoyable. I’ve learnt a lot about the course and what it takes to be a Health Psychologist, and it has helped me decide this is the career I want.”

Nadine Wood,
Health Psychology MSc student

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