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Health Psychology MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

About the course


Health psychology is an expanding area of global employment, with opportunities for graduates in hospitals, universities and community-based organisations. Designed and delivered in collaboration with researchers and practitioners within the field, the Health Psychology course will give you the opportunity to explore the many ways in which psychology can be applied to an understanding of health and illness and to modern healthcare systems.

Reasons to study Health Psychology at DMU Leicester

  • Enhance your employability across a range of career paths within health and social care
  • Professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) the course has recently been commended on the quality of student support, management of practitioner input, research methods training, range of assessments, links with local communities and services, and the development of inter-professional skills
  • 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
  • Benefit from inter-professional learning and develop a range of transferrable skills, alongside individuals from a range backgrounds
  • Our experienced academic staff and many of our recent graduates have presented their innovative research at national and international conferences

Health Psychology benefits from two distinctive strands especially pertinent to working as a contemporary health psychologist; social and cultural diversity and inter-professional relationships.

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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Key facts

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

Attendance: Two days per week if you're a full-time student. Variable if you're a part-time students depending on the duration of your studies

Entry and admission criteria

  • 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 Disclosure and Barring Sevices (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 needs 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 consists 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

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

Full-time £4,980
Part-time £4,980
15 credit taught module £415
60 credit dissertation £1,660
Full-time £12,200

For more information please take a look at our Funding 2016 section

Additional costs

It is likely there will be some additional costs wherever you choose to study. Here at DMU, we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which vary from course to course. We provide full details of all course fees, but these extra costs may include general living expenses, field trips, travel for work placement opportunities, materials, additional text books and others such as supplementary printing.


As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates, we are offering Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit the Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >

How to apply

Students can apply directly to study this postgraduate taught course at DMU by 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


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