Health Psychology MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

HLST196

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

Course code:

HLST196

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

Course code:

HLST196

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

Overview

Currently accredited by British Psychological Society (BPS)*, this course is designed to help you become a practising health psychologist upon successful completion, supporting others in dealing with the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness, as well promoting healthier lifestyles.

If you already possess Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), either from a BPS accredited Psychology degree or conversion course, successful completion of this Master’s fulfils the first of two stages towards becoming qualified as a practitioner Health Psychologist.

You’ll be taught by our highly experienced course team, which includes staff who have worked in a variety of settings as practitioners and/or researchers in areas such as pain management and the management of long term conditions, smoking cessation, public health, clinical health psychology and community health

Upon successful completion of the course you will have completed stage one training, the first step towards Chartered Membership with the BPS* and registration as a health psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – registration fees payable to the HCPC and BPS will apply. The course is designed to help you become a practicing health psychologist or apply your health psychology knowledge and skills in the workplace.

*The University’s accreditation with BPS shall be up for renewal in 2021. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon possible.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

British Psychological Society (BPS) - Accredited Health Psychology

British Psychological Society (BPS) - Accredited Health Psychology

Accredited by the British Psychlogical Society (BPS)*

This course is currently accredited by the BPS and is recognised as Stage one training towards becoming a qualified Health Psychologist upon successful completion. Upon graduating with this accredited award you will be eligible to progress to Stage two (doctoral level) training.

Graduates must achieve at least 50% for all modules contributing to the accredited* MSc degree (BPS*Standards for Accreditation of the Masters Programme in Health Psychology, January 2019). Graduates who do not meet this requirement will exit with a non-accredited award, MSc in Psychological Studies of Health. To achieve the necessary number of credits for all non-accredited awards, graduates must achieve the necessary 40% pass mark for all modules contributing to the award.

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Simulation Ambulance

Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Our multi-purpose suite is equipped with multiple Olympic lifting platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!

What our students say...

The academic skills I have gained during my MSc in Health Psychology have given me excellent grounding to gain a place on a PhD programme immediately after graduating. The course offered me a good insight in to the work of Health Psychologist and I was extremely well supported throughout the course from the tutors and other teaching staff. I felt they cared not only about my academic performance, but also me personally and my general wellbeing.

Karen Maher, MSc Health Psychology, graduated 2013, now a university lecturer

Course information

The MSc Health Psychology at Coventry University is designed to build upon undergraduate knowledge and skills to provide an in-depth understanding of health psychology upon successful completion of the course. Health psychology is based on the premise that illness is caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors – things like genetic conditions, anxiety levels or lifestyle choices, family relationships and support systems – some of which can be remedied with counselling, education, social support and behaviour change interventions.

You will be provided with the opportunity to explore how to develop, evaluate and deliver relevant interventions in a whole range of situations which are designed to improve health or enable individuals to better cope with illness. This may include helping people maintain a healthy weight, avoid risky or unhealthy behaviours and maintain a positive outlook in order to combat stress, depression and anxiety. Health psychology is the subfield of psychology that aims to understand and promote physical health and general wellbeing. Health psychology can be used in a range of applied settings to help promote healthier lifestyles (e.g. help people to lose weight or stop smoking), help people to live well with long term conditions (e.g. self-manage their diabetes appropriately) and to improve the healthcare system (e.g. advise doctors about better ways to communicate with patients).

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

There will be 11 modules in total to complete which will include a mixture of theory-based and research methods modules. The course is grounded in a scientist-practitioner perspective which emphasises the importance of empirical research for applied practice. A critical understanding of research underpins the work of practitioners and is of foundational importance for anyone wishing to practice health psychology. As such, research training in both quantitative and qualitative methods and critical assessment of research is of central importance within the course. You can also engage in your own independent empirical research project on a health psychology related topic.

**The University’s accreditation with CMI shall be up for renewal in 2021. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon possible.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Health Promotion and Behaviour Change
    • Stress, Health and Wellbeing
    • Critical Perspectives in Health Psychology
    • Research design and Ethics

  • Semester 2

    • Interactions and Healthcare Contexts
    • Living Well with Long-term Conditions
    • Analysing Data and Reporting Research
    • Developing Professional Practice in Health Psychology

  • Semester 3

    • Synthesising Evidence
    • Empirical Project in Health Psychology
    • Global Professional Development - Entrepreneurship

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • A focus on real-world application to provide students the opportunity to develop transferable skills that can boost your employability
  • Expert guest lecturers including practising health psychologists, health psychology researchers within the University and alumni (subject to availability)
  • Opportunities to attend international field trips*
    *Please note that International trips/visits are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting visa requirements and additional fees may apply.
  • A diverse range of assessment methods based in real-world application
  • Access to state of the art facilities and technology to support your learning and research
  • Highly experienced academics with expertise in a range of areas including mindfulness, psychosocial aspects of illness, infant feeding, LGBT health, critical and community health psychology
  • The opportunity to act in accordance with the legal, ethical and professional standards and regulations of the BPS and the Health and Care Professions Care Council (HCPC).

Your main study themes are:

  • Research and research methods: Develops your ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research of relevance to health psychology. You will have the opportunity to gain appropriate skills and capabilities to collect and analyse data, using a range of techniques and research methods.

  • Contexts and perspectives in health psychology: You will have the opportunity to learn about historical and current theories and approaches in health psychology, as well as an awareness of related disciplines, such as medical sociology, medical ethics, behavioural medicine, public health, health policy and health economics.

  • Physiological and psychosomatic disease processes: Builds a fundamental understanding of the physiology of health and illness, to appraise and evaluate evidence relating to the epidemiology of health and illness, including acute and long-term conditions, stress, and psychoneuroimmunology. 

  • Client groups and other stakeholders: Provides the knowledge and skills to progress to working with a range of client groups, encompassing: cross-cultural perspectives (e.g. those relating to ethnicity or religion); sex and gender differences; children and the role of the family in health and illness; and death, dying and bereavement. We also cover how you may work with other professionals, exploring leadership and the role of collaborative working.

  • Health-related behaviour and cognitions:  Enables you to critically evaluate theoretical models of health-related behaviour and cognitions. This will include: health enhancing and compromising behaviours; efficacy and control beliefs; attributions; health beliefs and attitudes; social representations of health and illness; symptom and risk perception; and decision making by health psychologists, patients/clients. We will also examine the ways that factors such as personality, health literacy and emotional intelligence impact on these.

  • Interventions: applications of health psychology: You will have the opportunity to learn to compare and contrast a range of interventions applicable to health psychology settings and health and well-being outcomes, for example, cognitive-behavioural approaches and motivational interviewing. We will cover: health needs assessment; the process of formulation, based on assessment, which informs choice of intervention; management of acute and long-term conditions; behavioural change techniques; and health education and promotion.

  • Healthcare and professional settings: You will have the opportunity to learn about the skills needed to work in a range of health settings, including appropriate use of communication and interviewing skills, such as development of rapport and trust, questioning, reinforcement, reflection of content and feeling, and non-verbal communication. We also examine the impact of a range of situations, such as hospitalisation on adults and children and preparation for stressful medical procedures. 

  • Measurement issues: You will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of psychometric issues and how to administer psychometric tests relating to the development of outcome measures for acute and long-term conditions, stress and coping, health-related quality of life and other psychological outcome measures.

  • Professional issues: You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own professional development, be aware of the legal, statutory and ethical obligations and restrictions on health psychology practice in the UK context.

This course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years, normally attending University two days a week (full-time) of one day a week (part-time) starting in September.

The course is designed to inspire and engage through a range of techniques which encourage lively, interactive learning, and by drawing on relevant research and professional practice. Teaching will be delivered in a number of ways through a mixture of classroom-based lectures, workshops and seminar activities including group work and debates. Some of the learning will be ‘flipped’ whereby students are provided a lecture online to free up class time for practical activities, classroom discussion and debate

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: designing a behavioural change intervention, multi-media presentations, a reflective portfolio, a mini-systematic review and an empirical dissertation..

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Synthesise and critically evaluate theory and evidence relevant to health psychology
  • Apply a range of research methods applicable to advanced scholarship in health psychology and awareness of ethical issues
  • Self-reflect on professional development and be aware of legal and ethical obligations involved in practicing health psychology
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills relevant for working with a range of diverse client groups across the life-span, with other professionals, in a range of health care contexts
  • Demonstrate an awareness of global health issues and the importance of cultural sensitivity within health care and other professional contexts
  • Understand applications of health psychology and have a critical awareness of issues relevant to psychological assessment and interventions
  • Apply health psychology in innovative and creative ways, including the use of digital technologies
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of entrepreneurship and the theories and practices of strategic leadership

Teaching will normally take place over 2 days per week (full-time) and 1 day per week (part-time), however you will be expected to undertake additional study outside of these time.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake approximately a further 30 hours of self-directed study each week, for example, completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures, working on coursework assignments, taking part in group work and exam revision.

We offer a multicultural, international experience attracting students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and different countries, particularly Malaysia, China, India, Nigeria, Germany, Bulgaria, who provide global insight and experience. 

There may be opportunities to take part in international field trips (subject to an additional cost and availability) which is supported by the University’s Centre for Global Engagement. For example, previous students have taken part in a trip to Sri Lanka where they had the opportunity to teach at a partner institution, visit hospitals and attended an international psychology conference.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

The academic skills I have gained during my MSc in Health Psychology have given me excellent grounding to gain a place on a PhD programme immediately after graduating. The course offered me a good insight in to the work of Health Psychologist and I was extremely well supported throughout the course from the tutors and other teaching staff. I felt they cared not only about my academic performance, but also me personally and my general wellbeing.

Karen Maher, MSc Health Psychology, graduated 2013, now a university lecturer

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Psychology. Applicants with degrees in Science or Social Sciences with 50% study in psychology, will be considered on a case by case basis.

A 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Psychology. Applicants with degrees in Science or Social Sciences with 50% study in psychology, will be considered on a case by case basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

A 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Psychology. Applicants with degrees in Science or Social Sciences with 50% study in psychology, will be considered on a case by case basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

The academic skills I have gained during my MSc in Health Psychology have given me excellent grounding to gain a place on a PhD programme immediately after graduating. The course offered me a good insight in to the work of Health Psychologist and I was extremely well supported throughout the course from the tutors and other teaching staff. I felt they cared not only about my academic performance, but also me personally and my general wellbeing.

Karen Maher, MSc Health Psychology, graduated 2013, now a university lecturer

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£14,700 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

The academic skills I have gained during my MSc in Health Psychology have given me excellent grounding to gain a place on a PhD programme immediately after graduating. The course offered me a good insight in to the work of Health Psychologist and I was extremely well supported throughout the course from the tutors and other teaching staff. I felt they cared not only about my academic performance, but also me personally and my general wellbeing.

Karen Maher, MSc Health Psychology, graduated 2013, now a university lecturer

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Previous graduates of the course have gone on to a range of positive destinations including further study such as Stage two (doctoral-level) training in health psychology, PhD study or a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Others apply their skills in a range of roles such as Health Improvement Advisor, Wellbeing Practitioner, Workplace Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Healthy Lifestyle coach, Public Health Practitioner and Research Assistant/Fellow.

Where our graduates work

Knowledge and skills developed on successful completion of the course can be applied in many different settings including hospitals, local authorities, universities, schools, charities, social enterprises and organisations.

What our alumni say

The academic skills I have gained during my MSc in Health Psychology have given me excellent grounding to gain a place on a PhD programme immediately after graduating.

The course offered me a good insight in to the work of Health Psychologist and I was extremely well supported throughout the course from the tutors and other teaching staff.  I felt they cared not only about my academic performance, but also me personally and my general wellbeing."

Karen Maher, MSc Health Psychology, graduated 2013
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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