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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- Overseas Part-time: £10,800
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme is regularly reviewed by an advisory board including world-renowned experts in health psychology. It 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 houses 13 research groups, of which two – the Health Behaviour Research Centre (HBRC), and the Psychobiology Group – provide direct support to the 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.
This environment provides students with unique networking opportunities, being taught by specialists in their field, and completing relevant placements in clinical, academic or policy-related settings. In addition, students are also encouraged to integrate themselves into the research groups and networks closely associated with the programme which can provide invaluable real-world research experience and potential collaborations with national and international leaders in health psychology and related disciplines.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). Please see departmental website for more details.
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:
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in Psychology from a UK university, or overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree or equivalent may be accepted with evidence of further study or relevant work experience.
Applicants must have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) if they want to pursue a career as a Chartered Health Psychologist in the UK.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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
Many graduates of the programme continue with PhD studies, or find work as researchers and other positions allied to psychology, health, illness and healthcare delivery.
Top career destinations for this programme
- UCL School of Pharmacy, Research Psychologist, 2011
- National Autistic Society, Trainee Practitioner, 2011
- Independent Homes, Medical Nutritionist, 2011
- Hong Kong Institute of Education, Research Assistant, 2011
- UCL, Research Assistant, 2011
Given the academic nature of the course, our students tend to do exceptionally well securing funded PhD studentships or clinical doctorates. As the focus of the MSc is on improving health care and delivery, many students also take up positions within the public or private healthcare sector.
"UCL is highly central and a focus for other academics. Close collaboration across the three main universities with medical schools is excellent and London is a destination for many international visitors, which increases the sense of academic community in my discipline."
Professor Neil Marlow
Professor of Neonatal Medicine
Subject: Women's Health, Faculty: Population Health Sciences
"Access to superb facilities and working in a cross-disciplinary team has been highly motivating and given me an excellent understanding of bench to bedside research. I have been fortunate to work with colleagues from all over Europe and I have been involved in multi-centre clinical projects."
Subject: Cardiovascular Science, Faculty: Population Health Sciences