What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Learn from experts in the field of health psychology, in small groups.
  • Undertake a placement and achieve unique and valuable workplace experience, whilst supported by a placement tutor.
  • Have access to our wide range of Research Suites and Laboratories and attend regular research seminars.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Many students undertaking an MSc Health Psychology choose to go on to their Stage 2 training to become a Chartered Health Psychologist. However, on completion of the course, you may also choose to:

  • Work in the NHS or other health care related services – e.g. smoking cessation, health promotion, mental health, and chronic illness management
  • Undertake research and/or teaching positions in Higher Education
  • Do a PhD in a related area
  • Join a clinical research organisation and become involved in setting up and carrying out research projects
  • Gain a place on a clinical training course or other related training such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Treatment)

Programme Structure

The course provides you with a thorough grounding in the practice, theory and research of health psychology. Two 30 credit modules will be taught in each teaching block and topics will include society and health, therapies and interventions, applications of health psychology, working professionally and research methods. You will be able to undertake a placement as part of one of their modules. You will also complete research on a health-related topic of your choice through your dissertation. The dissertation will take the form of a journal article for publication.

Core units are designed to cover all nine components of BPS requirements for an accredited MSc in Health Psychology. These include:

Teaching Block 1

  • Introduction to Health & Society including Health-related Cognitions & Behaviour (30 credits)
  • Professional Evaluations in Health Psychology (30 credits)

Teaching Block 2

  • Research Methods and Critiquing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (30 credits)
  • Informing Applications in Health Psychology, including a Placement (30 credits)


  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

A good honours degree in Psychology that is recognised by The British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.0.

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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