Health Psychology / Psychology and Health MSc

City University London
Course summary
1-2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Health Psychology / Psychology and Health MSc

Health Psychology / Psychology and Health MSc - a City University degree programme

City's Health Psychology Masters programme is especially applicable for those willing to start a career on healthcare and similar professions. It includes a professional perspective in instilling both practical and critical skills in the applicants which helps them advance their careers in the professional sector of medicine and healthcare. One of the most important characteristics of the course is its goal to equip the students with respect to their careers in the sector.

The MSc helps you understand the relationship between the psychological and social dimensions of health and illness.

Suitability - Who should attend?

MSc Health Psychology

You are normally required to have a first or good second class honours degree in psychology and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as defined by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

MSc Psychology and Health

You are normally required to have a lower second class honours degree in psychology or a relevant subject.

Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate Preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion to the required standard of the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

If English is not your first language, you need to provide evidence of English proficiency.

We only accept the following English language qualifications:

  • GCSE - grade C or above
  • CSE - grade C or above
  • SEB - grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Pass
  • IELTS - 7 or above

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for Postgraduate Study
  • Pre-sessional English

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

This MSc in Health Psychology constitutes Stage 1 of professional health psychology training. Upon successful completion of the course, you are eligible to apply for Stage 2 training or you may seek employment.

Training Course Content

Health Psychology is devoted to developing an understanding of scientific relationships between behavioural principles and physical health and illness.

These courses give you an opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of health psychology theory and research and to develop relevant academic, research and communication skills.

The MSc in Health Psychology further aims to enable you to develop an awareness of professional and contextual issues relevant to the practice of health psychology.

The MSc in Health Psychology was one of the first courses to be established in this field in 1988. The BPS's formation of a Division of Health Psychology has led to the requirement for master's courses in health psychology to be accredited by the BPS as Stage 1 of professional health psychology training.

This course is accredited and is open to those with good first degrees in psychology who also have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

The MSc in Psychology and Health was set up in 1999 for applicants who do not have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) but who have an interest in psychological issues related to health. Students taking this course may have good first degrees in psychology or other relevant subjects, but without GBC.

Places on this course are strictly limited and early application is advised.


  • Behavioural medicine
  • Communication in a healthcare context
  • Health promotion
  • Invited speakers programme
  • Lifespan, gender and culture
  • Professional and contextual issues in health psychology
  • Research, design and statistics 2
  • Theoretical foundations of health psychology
  • Research project

Read the full 2014 programme specification.


We teach you through lectures, seminars, role playing and small group projects. We will also provide you with a research supervisor who will support you with your dissertation.


The Professional & Contextual Issues module is assessed by a group submission and supporting written coursework. The remaining seven modules are assessed by coursework alone.

Research project



  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 per year

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