M.Sc. On Campus

Health Psychology

University of Stirling

12 months
18645 GBP/year
7700 GBP/year
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Looking to become a Health Psychologist? The Health Psychology programme at the University of Stirling meets the British Psychological Society’s requirements for Stage 1 training in Health Psychology.


Health Psychologists promote healthier lifestyles. They try to find ways to encourage people to improve their health and also to improve the healthcare system as a whole. 

For example, helping people to lose weight or stop smoking, or advising doctors on better ways to communicate with their patients.

You’ll learn to use your knowledge of psychology to promote general wellbeing and understand physical illness. We will teach you the skills needed to help people deal with the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness, and to support people who are chronically ill.

The Health Psychology programme at the University of Stirling has a strong experiential focus and emphasises the application of health psychology to real world settings. The course includes contributions from healthcare practitioners. 

You will carry out a brief placement in a healthcare setting, which can include the NHS, third sector (charities) or industry, and you’ll usually arrange this placement yourself with support from the course team. You are encouraged to carry out research in healthcare contexts where possible.

This Masters in Health Psychology is designed to meet the British Psychological Society’s requirements for Stage One training towards professional Health Psychologist status. 

Through formal teaching and practical experience, you’ll acquire relevant skills and core competencies as a basis for professional training in health psychology (Stage Two) or other applications of psychology to health issues.

Career opportunities

Health Psychology is one of the fastest growing areas of applied psychology and our Masters provides you with the first stage of professional training towards becoming a health psychologist. 

Students intending to go on to become registered Health Psychologists can achieve this by working in healthcare or in academic posts. 

Scotland is unique in offering a two-year NHS-funded training course for Stage Two health psychology trainees.

Health Psychologists are employed in various settings: 

  • health assessments and management strategies for chronically ill patients, for example, those with cancer or chronic pain
  • rehabilitation programmes, e.g. for patients with coronary heart disease
  • working with patients and carers in palliative care
  • working with primary health care teams in the community
  • health education and health promotion in educational or industrial settings
  • conducting evaluative research in order to provide a research evidence base for health policy decisions.
  • influencing health behaviours, for example in smoking cessation programmes, weight reduction, or sexual health
  • carrying out teaching and research in academic settings
  • teaching and training health care providers


This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Perspectives in Health Psychology
  • Applications of Health Psychology: Communication, Systems and Context
  • Analysis Methods in Psychological Research
  • Individual, Social and Cultural Differences
  • Approaches to Illness, Disability and Coping
  • Research Project

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology or related subject.  A qualification recognised by British Psychological Society giving Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership is preferred.
  • Students accepted without a BPS-recognised qualification and intending to progress to BPS Stage Two training towards practitioner health psychologist status will be required to undertake an accredited Psychology conversion course following this programme.

Tuition Fee

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    7700 GBP/year
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Living costs for Stirling

660 - 1140 GBP /month
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