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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Stag Hill

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Why choose this course

  • Study a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited curriculum, designed to give you an insider’s perspective on theories, methods and techniques of health psychology, and the relationship these have with health and illness.
  • Access our state-of-the-art psychology facilities, including a six-room virtual reality suite and two observation laboratories, and use the latest equipment to conduct experiments.
  • Learn from lecturers who are active researchers in eating behaviour, fatigue, stress, obesity and much more.
  • Join our Health Psychology Research Group to take part in seminars and workshops, and benefit from our links with renowned research institutions across the world.
  • Get the Stage 1 qualification needed to progress onto Stage 2 training, to become a chartered health psychologist with the BPS.

What you will study

You’ll study the psychological processes involved in maintaining health, the pathological responses to ill health and stress, and the promotion of wellbeing among the physically ill. You’ll learn theories and practical issues relevant to health psychology and you’ll gain an understanding of different approaches to research.

You’ll explore a range of applied topics, such as living with chronic conditions, health issues impacting health psychology, how we can help people to maintain their health across their lifespan, psychological aspects of healthcare, and the use of cognitive behavioural therapy for health psychology. We’ll also give you an insight into qualitative and quantitative research methods, ensuring you have a solid foundation to collect, analyse and interpret different kinds of data.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.

On successful completion of this course, you’ll have the necessary Stage 1 training required to progress onto Stage 2 training. To become a chartered health psychologist, you’ll need to complete Stage 2 training. 99% of our psychology graduates go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes survey 2020, HESA). Our alumni take on roles as health advisors, prison therapy assistants, projects officers and public health officers, working for NHS trusts, healthcare organisations and charities.

Application deadline

22 July 2022

Tuition fees

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£ 22,400per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Surrey

  • University League Table

    18th

  • Campus address

    University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, England

37% of the university’s student population is from outside the UK – the University of Surrey is truly a global community.
The university has 140 nationalities in its international community.
Surrey has over 90 university partners across the world and works with a large network of education agents in other countries.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 117 17

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    139 65%

    37th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75.0 75%

    8th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%

    18th

    61

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