• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

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 offered by 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

Accreditation

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • We accept applications throughout the year. 
    • If you’re an international student we recommend you apply at least eight weeks before the start date of your course.
  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Part-time: 24 months. Discontinuous - 60 months maximum.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

  • International

    15948 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15950 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6504 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Stirling

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

If you’re an international student you may be entitled to the University of Stirling International Postgraduate Taught International Excellence Scholarship – giving a £5,000 reduction in the cost of your annual tuition fees.

There are typically five £1,000 competitive bursaries to contribute towards fees or maintenance costs for students beginning a taught Masters course in Psychology. All students, formally accepted onto the MSc course are eligible to apply for these awards.

If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

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