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Mrs Madiha Sajid

Email: m.sajid@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 5683

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Health Psychology MSc

This MSc, accredited by the British Psychological Society, is a unique programme which aims to equip students to apply the scientific and theoretical principles and ideas of health psychology using a scholarly and critical approach, and to develop the practical skills and knowledge required for employment or research in the field.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides a thorough grounding in theories, concepts and empirical findings central to current health psychology. Students are encouraged to develop their own area of specialisation, and are given formal training in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Health Psychology MSc is run within UCL Epidemiology and Public Health, which offers a thriving multi-disciplinary environment for research and learning. The department engages in work that seeks to develop understanding of health and prevention of ill health through vigorous research and contributions to national and international health policy, and the MSc is regularly reviewed by an advisory board which includes world-renowned experts in health psychology.

The department houses 13 research groups, of which two - the Health Behaviour Research Centre (HBRC), and the Psychobiology Group - provide direct support to the Health Psychology MSc.

The HBRC is one of the largest health psychology research groups in the UK, and undertakes research aimed at advancing understanding of behaviours that have a major impact on health, and contributing to the development of interventions to promote healthy lifestyles. The Psychobiology Group is a multi-disciplinary group concerned with the pathways through which sociodemographic and psychosocial factors influence physical disease processes.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Effective Research Practice
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 1
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 2
  • Health-related Behaviours and Cognitions
  • Individual, Social and Cultural Perspectives in Health Psychology
  • Stress, Health and Illness
  • Chronic Illness from the Health Psychology Perspective
  • Delivering Health Care


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation written up as a mock paper submission to the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, class exercises, project work, training workshops, journal clubs and hands-on computer-based teaching on statistical analysis techniques. Assessment is through coursework (including critical reviews, essays), one unseen examination and the research project. Students are also offered a short work placement.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in Psychology from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants must also have Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for application for overseas applicants is 31 August 2013. Students applying for funding should take note of relevant application deadlines. Selected applicants will be interviewed.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students who wish to develop a thorough grounding in health psychology as preparation for a subsequent research degree or employment in a related field. Completion of the MSc satisfies Stage 1 of Health Psychology Training.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Health Psychology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Health Psychology at UCL
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Many graduates of the programme continue with PhD studies, or find work as researchers and in jobs in behaviour relevant to psychology, health, illness and healthcare delivery.

First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:

  • UCL: Health Psychology PhD
  • Mile End Hospital: Social Therapist
  • Edinburgh: DClinPsy
  • CRUK: Health Information Officer
  • St George's Hospital Medical School: Treatment of Palliative Care for Children
  • Imperial College London: Research Assistant
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Trainee Health Psychologist
  • University College, Cork: Health Services Research PhD
  • Institute of Psychiatry: Research Worker
  • Dublin City University: Psychoprosthetics PhD

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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