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MSc. Health Psychology ProgrammeBPS accreditation logo

This course is accredited by British Psychological Society; i.e., it is the ‘stage one’ in the health psychology training route (see http://www.bps.org.uk/careers-education-training/society-qualifications/health-psychology/health-psychology for more details).

Course content

Members of MCHP coordinate and teach on the MSc Health Psychology programme. Students complete 8 taught units on this programme and a dissertation, which give students an insight into health psychology and the skills of health psychologists. The 8 taught units are:
  • Health & Society: an introduction to social, environmental and demographic influences on physical and mental health. 
  • Professional Issues: the ethical and professional development of students as future psychologists.
  • Mind and body: the influence of the mind on the body.
  • Facilitating change: an introduction to a number of individual therapies and treatments that psychologists use in practice.
  • Research methods I and II: advanced qualitative and quantitive research methods.
  • Illness and healthcare: the role of psychology in illness and healthcare.
  • Health Behaviour change: behaviour change theories and interventions.



"Health psychology is a broad and evolving field, and the course content definitely reflected this. Considering the current state of healthcare and medicine, health psychologists are set to become increasingly important. For example, applying psychological theory to help people adapt to new types of diagnosis or medical procedure is vital. The course allows you to explore these issues and ideas in a lively, complex and engaging way. The highlight of the course for me was the dissertation. The choice of projects offers something for every interest, and staff are also open to discussing students' own ideas. Half way through the course I got a job as a research assistant in the NHS, helped largely by the research skills I was developing on the MSc.

I've recently applied to do a PhD in Manchester, which will hopefully allow me to expand on the work I did for my dissertation." Faye Johnson, MSc Health Psychology 2016-2018. Former student.

“I’m really pleased to have had the opportunity to complete the MSc Health Psychology course at the University of Manchester. It has provided me with a much better understanding of the role of a Health Psychologist and the different areas of work this profession can lead to. I have become much more confident with my research skills and feel this will be a very valuable asset to me in my future career. The modules all addressed really interesting different areas of Health Psychology and were delivered by enthusiastic and inspiring lecturers. I was provided with the right support to develop my knowledge and skills and also had the opportunity to get involved in public engagement events. In addition to all this, Manchester is an amazing city and I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering a career in Health Psychology.” Amy Findley, MSc Health Psychology 2016-17. Current student.

"Completing the MSc Health Psychology really helped me to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to move on to a PhD, and put me in a great position to apply for a government funded studentship. The research module allowed me to follow my interests, and gave me invaluable experience at the beginning of my academic career". Stephanie Lyons, MSc Health Psychology Student 2015-16.  ESRC PhD studentship, 2016-2019.

“For me, completing an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Manchester has been invaluable in my career development. The knowledge I gained and skills I acquired are indispensable for my current role. I am a social prescribing advisor; social prescribing involves empowering individuals with social, practical or emotional needs to access non-clinical services, often provided by the voluntary and community sector. In my role, I utilise the principles learned from MSc Health Psychology including, theory based models of behaviour change, behaviour change techniques and motivational interviewing to improve individuals wellbeing. The Health Psychology MSc has been an great asset in fulfilling my current job role, and believe it will be pivotal in my further career development” Emily Strong, MSc Health Psychology Student 2015-16.  Social Prescribing Advisor at South Yorkshire Housing Association.

To apply / further details

Please see our webpage http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/10060/msc-health-psychology/

See what MCHP staff and students have to say about careers in health psychology

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Careers in Health Psychology