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MSc Health Psychology




What will I learn?

Course description

Our MSc in Health Psychology is designed for students interested in a career in health psychology and has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

On successful completion of a BPS-accredited MSc in Health Psychology, students who hold BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership can continue to Stage 2 training to become Chartered Psychologists with the BPS and to become registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Health Psychologists.

You will learn from staff at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology , covering topics such as:

  • key theories in health psychology and how to apply them;
  • current approaches to changing health-related behaviour at individual, population and regulatory levels;
  • the interaction between psychological processes (cognitions, emotions, behaviour) and disease and illness;
  • the ways in which social-cultural factors contribute to health;
  • advanced research methods and analysis techniques in both quantitative and qualitative research;
  • the role and scope of health psychology within academic and healthcare settings.

You will also have the opportunity to attend seminars and a research conference showcasing new health psychology research at Manchester and have the opportunity to complete a work placement.

Career opportunities

The MSc in Health Psychology provides the knowledge and skills needed to start Stage 2 in Health Psychology training.

The strong grounding we provide in research and analytic methods is valuable to those wishing to progress onto a research career, a PhD, or training programmes where research skills are emphasised.

The knowledge and understanding we help develop in relation to theory, evidence and practice, will also help if you are considering careers in clinical and applied roles, as well as policy-making and service development positions.

Our work placements will allow you to gain valuable experience in roles related to Health Psychology and increase your employability upon graduation.

Our unit on professional development has been designed to help further support you in pursuing your future career goals.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£24,000.00 (US$ 29,526) per year
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2023


The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,


M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) with evidence of attaining a minimum of an Upper Second in all BSc research method units and dissertation, or overseas equivalent, in psychology. For the MSc to be recognised by the BPS as the Stage 1 qualification for becoming a Health Psychologist, you need to hold Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. Specifically, we require a minimum of: IELTS: 7.0, including 7.0 in the written section; TOEFL: 100, including 25 in the written section.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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