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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Human behaviour is a leading cause of physical illness worldwide. MSc Health Psychology teaches you how psychology can be applied to improve well-being and prevent and manage long-term conditions.

On this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree, you’ll be taught by expert lecturers who are currently developing and testing interventions and theory in the field.

Health psychology master’s graduates will be prepared to progress towards becoming a registered, chartered health psychologist.

This UK postgraduate health psychology master’s will help you become a scientist practitioner in a health care setting.

Health psychology applies the educational, scientific and professional psychological principles to:

  • promote and maintain health
  • study the cause of illness
  • prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate physical illness
  • psychological, social, emotional and behavioural factors in physical illness
  • improving health care
  • the formulation of health policy

In Msc Health Psychology your taught study will focus around three themes:

  • biopsychosocial aspects of health
  • psychosocial aspects of illness and disability
  • psychological aspects of the delivery of health care

On this master’s in health psychology, you’ll select optional modules to tailor the course to suit your career goals. Popular module choices include the study of CBT, sexual health and gerontology.

You have the opportunity to experience practical learning as an apprentice to a health psychologist over 12 weeks and develop your reading of research papers and discussing them in a journal club with students on the course.


MSc Health Psychology graduates work in a variety of settings such as the NHS, Higher Education, health promotion, schools or industry.

Our graduates progress to a diverse range of employment and further training in the UK and overseas, including working in universities and other educational settings, human health activities including specialist medical and hospital-based activities, care work, and business.

Many of our graduates have also been successful in securing funding for PhD study.

Our health psychology master’s degree is taught by active leading researchers and experts across the different areas of health psychology, interventions and research methods. You’ll have the opportunity to attend seminars from researchers at the Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology. Previous students have pursued careers in the public, private and third sectors, working as psychologists in research, education and professional practice.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 24,400per year

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

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    26th out of 118

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    145 70%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.03 81%



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