12 months
14750 GBP/year
8750 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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On this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Health Psychology course from Bournemouth University, you will gain advanced knowledge and understanding of Health Psychology theory and practice, and apply it across all aspects of health, illness and disability.

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Why study MSc Health Psychology at BU?

  • Take the first step to becoming a Health Psychologist on this accredited course and be equiped with the necessary qualification to undertake stage two training  
  • Unique insight into the influence of stress and resilience on lifespan, with a focus on child health psychology  
  • Benefit from the knowledge of our expert staff in relation to health-related cognitions and behaviours  
  • Learn transferrable skills like interpreting, presenting and writing research as well as how to write grant proposals  
  • Opportunity to take a placement in a health psychology setting though our links with providers such as NHS Trusts, clinicians or schools, and public health domains. We also offer the opportunity to gain experience as research assistants, working on academically led research 
  • Select your research project from a range of health psychology research projects with close support and supervision throughout, as well as supportive seminars on relevant topics. 


The Health Psychology course from Bournemouth University provides our graduates with a sound training in health and psychology related skills to enable you to enter a number of professional avenues across academic, healthcare, and public health settings, including research psychologist positions, postdoctoral research in health psychology, and in a variety of medical settings. It also provides a potential route to undertake a PhD or Doctoral level study in Health Psychology or related area and is a good grounding for increasing success in obtaining a place on a Doctorate Training Programme in Clinical Psychology.

This course is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and will provide the first stage of training for becoming a Health Psychologist, equipping you with the necessary qualification to undertake stage two training in Health Psychology accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) should you wish to pursue a career as a Practitioner Psychologist in Health.


Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage 1 Professional Training in Health Psychology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Stress and developmental influences on health and illness
  • Health-related cognitions, behaviours and beliefs
  • Experience of chronic illness and delivery of healthcare 
  • Advanced research methods
  • Advanced statistics
  • Key transferable skills – presentation and scientific writing
  • Research project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no application deadline for this course. However, if you will need a visa, think carefully about the length of time it will take for your visa application to be processed.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Equivalent undergraduate training or work experience may be acceptable for students with a Psychology degree taken outside of the UK.

Required subjects: Psychology

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in listening and reading.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14750 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8750 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Bournemouth

700 - 1000 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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