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Health Psychology MSc


Behaviour and social context can have a significant impact on health and it is the role of the health psychologist to examine this impact and identify any links between the two.

The Health Psychology MSc provides a thorough grounding in the theories, practice and application of health psychology.


This course has been developed with your future employability as its focus. By choosing to study at Coventry you will benefit from:

  • a focus on teaching health psychology as a discipline with real-world application;
  • guest speakers who can illustrate the variety of career paths open to health psychologists;
  • use of a broad range of assessment methods;
  • strong links with the Applied Research Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions;
  • student collaboration with researchers in the Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions on their dissertations: some have even gone on to work there as researchers after graduation;
  • opportunities for Stage Two training via independent production of a portfolio and British Psychological Society examination;
  • the high profile of Health Psychology at Coventry University nationally. We hosted the 8th Division of Health Psychology Conference in 2005.

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A distinctive feature of the course at Coventry University is the focus on the practical application of health psychology. We like to teach Health Psychology as a discipline with real-world application, not just as a dry academic subject. This is exemplified by the ‘Professional Skills’ module which is mainly taught by practitioners who currently work in applied health psychology settings.

Our guest speakers help to illustrate the variety of career paths open to health psychologists and, as some are graduates of our course, this also highlights the success of our graduates who have gone on to work in careers relating to health psychology.

The course is divided into four theory modules covering the key areas of the British Psychological Society Knowledge Base for Health Psychology, a module on Advanced Research Methods in Psychology, a module on Professional Practice and a dissertation.

Entry Requirements

You should have at least a 2:1 degree which provides the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Students who do not meet the criteria may be eligible under the following conditions:

  • evidence of practical experience in a relevant area;
  • an additional qualification which is relevant to health psychology;
  • evidence of particular achievements at undergraduate level which indicate strengths in health psychology.

For any accredited psychology masters degree, an honours degree giving the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) is an essential entry qualification. You should include with your application evidence that you have GBC or are currently studying on a course accredited to provide GBC.

Evidence of your GBC status may be either 1) a copy of a the letter from the British Psychological Society granting graduate membership and or GBC; or 2) a statement by your Course Leader confirming that your current programme of study, if completed, will lead to GBC. If you have already completed a degree which does not provide GBC it is suggested that you contact the BPS to discuss this matter. Unfortunately we cannot process your application until we have evidence that you have or are likely to obtain GBC by the start date of the course.

If your current degree does not provide you with GBC you should consider taking our Psychology MSc which will provide you with GBC.


To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above.

Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying on to the full Master's qualification.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Graduates go on to further related study, eg Stage Two Health Psychology training, PhD or DClin. Employment options chosen by past graduates include jobs directly related to health psychology such as health promotion, research in health psychology or work within a healthcare setting.


Global Leaders Programme logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus. Alternatively you can download a pdf from here.

Course code:
  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA)

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time


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