Want to study a health psychology Master’s in Birmingham? Our MSc Health Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
With the shifting emphasis in governance and health-related policy papers, health psychology continues to grow in popularity.
Communities are dynamic and always changing, so our understanding and support of health, wellbeing and behavioural changes needs to be considerate of all diverse groups. On our BPS accredited MSc Health Psychology course, you will study a range of techniques and methods, ensuring you graduate with the skills you need to be a competent, knowledgeable health psychology practitioner.
We will provide you with a detailed understanding of the key theoretical and applied issues in health psychology. These include the key psychological theories and applications which support behaviour change, addressing disease prevention and enhancing health and wellbeing, managing health, health promotion and health interventions, and self-reflection on your own learning and development.
Contemporary health issues will be put into context at local, national and international levels, exposing you to issues which cover the globe as well as local areas.
You’ll be taught how to submit a research ethics proposal, which will address a health issue with the use of psychology. You will also learn how to complete a mini systematic review, which will provide a rationale for your health psychology project, and how to evaluate and conduct analysis. You will also enhance your skills in communication, presentation and group work.
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This programme will require standard entrants to have a minimum of a Second Class Honours degree in Psychology.
Applications will also be considered for interview from graduates that have a minimum of a 2:2 with honours and have covered psychology in a related subject area (Nursing, Public Health, Health and Social Care, Sociology, Education etc.). You are not required to have passed a Psychology conversion course prior to entry.
Applicants will be expected to have covered the following which will be assessed if invited to interview:
Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.
In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.
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6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.
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Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.
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Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906 for some courses and options?
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 180 credits):
Health Psychology over the Lifespan
This module will consider how health needs and health behaviours change over the lifespan. Evidenced based research will be used to consider how health initiatives and health promotion target health needs at various stages across the life of an individual. Health initiative will be put into local, national and international contexts.
Application of Health Psychology Models
Health psychology models move beyond the biomedical model in the explanation of health and risk health behaviours to an appreciation of social-cognitions which focus on the complex interplay between cognitive (psychological factors, emotions, control, perception) and social (environment, political, economic, socio-groups) factors. This module will examine these key health psychology models in their explanation and prediction of health and risky health behaviour change as well as preventative strategies.
Applied Research Methods in Health Psychology 1
The scope of this module is to equip you with the necessary research methods in quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques necessary for stage 1 training. More importantly, the module will provide to students with the theoretical, practical and applied research methods background for further training and work in health psychology and allied health professions.
Applied Research Methods in Health Psychology 2
The scope of this module is to equip you with a conceptual and applied understanding of the role of quantitative and qualitative research methods in health psychology. You will be presented with a range of advanced techniques for analysing quantitative and qualitative data and with support during these sessions and independent learning, you will begin to develop skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis. This module will also cover advanced research topics including a systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-synthesis of qualitative research.
Psychological Interventions and Behaviour Change
Psychological interventions are integral to the work of a health psychologist which provides a framework to deliver health behaviour change. NICE guidelines and evidenced based health research details traditional and contemporary third wave psychological interventions which are being currently delivered and their mid and post intervention outcomes on behaviour which map onto the bio-psycho-social model.
These vary in their underpinning theory, modality of delivery, as well as assessment, formulation and intervention approaches. This module will help you to further build on your understanding of health psychology theoretical models, by appraising assessment, formulation, which informs intervention as well as health and well-being outcomes
Professional Development in Health Psychology
Training and work in the profession of health psychology and allied health psychology, requires continual engagement in professional development. To ensure that an individual engages in on-going personal and professional development, the process of reflection and reflexivity is necessary.
Health Psychology Dissertation
The aim of this module is to allow you to apply your theoretical understanding of applied research methods in health psychology 1 and 2 by developing an independent health psychology research project which includes conducting a mini-systematic review.
The modules will be assessed as follows:
Health over the Lifespan (20 credits) – Two-hour lecture/workshop / two hours VLE. Assessment: Systematic review
Application of Health Psychology Models (20 credits) – Two-hour lecture/workshop / two hours 2 hours VLE. Assessment: Essay
Applied Research Methods in Health Psychology (1) (20 credits) – Two-hour lecture/workshop/ two hours VLE. Assessment: A mock grant proposal and a qualitative analysis report.
Applied Research Methods in Health Psychology (2) (20 credits) – Two-hour lecture/workshop/ two hours VLE. Assessment: A qualitative research proposal and a quantitative data analysis report.
Psychological Interventions and Behaviour Change (20 credits) – Two-hour lecture/workshop / two hours VLE. Assessment: Psychological Intervention Report
Professional Development in Health Psychology (20 credits) – Two hour lecture/workshop, two hour VLE activities. Assessment: Essay
Health Psychology Dissertation (60 credits) - Two hour lecture/workshop, independent study. Assessment: presentation, empirical project, poster. Please note that due to the time constraints involved in applying for ethical approval in NHS settings, research in the NHS/with NHS patients or staff will only be feasible for students who are registered as part-time.
If you have any questions about the course, please contact Helen McEwan for more details.
The Society and its members develop, promote and apply psychology for the public good. They enhance the efficiency and usefulness of psychologists by setting high standards of professional education and knowledge, and cover all areas of psychological research and practice.
Find out more about British Psychological Society accreditation.
This programme can be used as a bridging programme for Doctoral levels of study into Counselling Psychology or Clinical Psychology. It can also be used by those who are interested in pursuing a PhD in Clinical and/or applied Health Psychology areas of research.
You will be taught the skills and theory you need to be successful in the health psychology industry.
Gaining practical experience in these sectors will complement your learning and on-going career development.
We encourage you to gain voluntary work experience within the charity and health-related sectors.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
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Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.
For those studying on the BA (Hons) Policing or BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation degrees, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.
Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.
Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career. You will also benefit from facilities across the wider campus including the Parkside and Millennium Point buildings.
Dr Angela Hewett specialises in health psychology and has a keen interest in gender and health and in health inequalities. Angela has also worked in public health at both Birmingham City University and the University of Liverpool.