With the shifting emphasis in governance and health-related policy papers, health psychology continues to grow in popularity.
Communities are dynamic and always changing, so our understanding and support of health, wellbeing and behavioural changes needs to be considerate of all diverse groups. On our new MSc Health Psychology course, you will study a range of techniques and methods, ensuring you graduate with the skills you need to be a competent, knowledgeable health psychology practitioner.
We will provide you with a detailed understanding of the key theoretical and applied issues in health psychology. These include the key psychological theories and applications which support behaviour change, addressing disease prevention and enhancing health and wellbeing, managing health, health promotion and health interventions, and self-reflection on your own learning and development.
Contemporary health issues will be put into context at local, national and international levels, exposing you to issues which cover the globe as well as local areas.
You’ll be taught how to submit a research ethics proposal, which will address a health issue with the use of psychology. You will also learn how to complete a mini systematic review, which will provide a rationale for your health psychology project, and how to evaluate and conduct analysis. You will also enhance your skills in communication, presentation and group work.
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This programme will require standard entrants to have a minimum of a Second Class Honours degree in psychology, recognised by the British Psychological Society as conferring GBC (or an oversees equivalent).
Applications will also be considered for interview from graduates that have a minimum of a 2:2 with honours and have covered psychology in a related subject area (Nursing, Public Health, Health and Social Care, Sociology, Education etc.). You are not required to have passed a Psychology conversion course prior to entry.
Applicants will be expected to have covered the following which will be assessed at interview:
|English language requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
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|MSc||Sep 2017||FT||1 Year||£7,900 per year|
|MSc||Sep 2017||PT||2 Years||£3,950 per year|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|MSc||Sep 2017||FT||1 Year||£12,000 per year|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
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We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?
Health Psychology over the Lifespan
This module will consider how health needs and health behaviours change over the lifespan. Evidenced based research will be used to consider how health initiatives and health promotion target health needs at various stages across the life of an individual. Health initiatives will be put into local, national and international contexts.
A key focus on this module will be the consideration of chronic, long-term, acute illnesses and health behaviours across the lifespan. This module will allow you to appraise the change or management of a health condition which may be individualistic and community based as well as appreciating national and international contexts.
Application of Health Psychology Models
This module will examine key health psychology models in their explanation and prediction of health and risky health behaviour change, as well as preventative strategies. You will focus on those health behaviours which are key priorities for public health policy and health promotion initiatives, and will consider them within the framework of health psychology models when appraising their application to facilitating health behaviour change.
Applied Research Methods in Health Psychology 1
This module will equip you with the necessary research methods in quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques necessary for stage 1 training. More importantly, the module will provide you with the theoretical, practical and applied research methods background for further training and work in health psychology and allied health professions.
Applied Research Methods in Health Psychology 2
This module will equip you with a conceptual and applied understanding of the role of quantitative and qualitative research methods in health psychology. You will be presented with a range of advanced techniques for analysing quantitative and qualitative data, and with support during these sessions and independent learning, you will begin to develop skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis. This module will also cover advanced research topics including a systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-synthesis of qualitative research.
Psychological Interventions and Behaviour Change
This module will help you to further build on your understanding of health psychology theoretical models, by appraising assessment, formulation, and intervention, as well as health and well-being outcomes. Evidenced based research which derives from both health psychology, allied disciplines and work with service users will be used to consider interventions which are employed to address lifestyle behaviour change and co-morbid states of anxiety/depression associated with acute and chronic conditions.
Professional Development in Health Psychology
This module will support you to reflect on the core skills and knowledge which have been attained on this programme which will begin to prepare you for how on-going professional development is recorded. A necessary part of this journey will be to put into context the profession of health and allied health psychology, as well as critically reflect on the variations which can exist when considering national and international contexts and political, social and economic changes over time which have shaped the profession of health psychology.
Health Psychology Dissertation
The aim of this module is to allow you to apply your theoretical understanding of Applied Research Methods in Health Psychology 1 and 2 by developing an independent health psychology research project which includes conducting a mini-systematic review. You will:
You will demonstrate a critical awareness of existing empirical research and will demonstrate this understanding by conducting a systematic review. Building on previous research methods modules, this module will further develop your practical understanding of ethical research principles. You are expected to communicate your research clearly in a written format.
The modules will be assessed as follows:
Health over the Lifespan (20 credits) – Two-hour lecture/workshop / two hours VLE. Assessment: Essay
Application of Health Psychology Models (20 credits) – Two-hour lecture/workshop / two hours 2 hours VLE. Assessment: Essay
Applied Research Methods in Health Psychology (1) (20 credits) – Two-hour lecture/workshop / two hours VLE. Assessment: Mini systematic review and critical quantitative report
Applied Methods in Health Psychology (2) (20 credits) – Two-hour lecture/workshop / two hours VLE: Assessment: Mock grant proposal
Psychological Interventions and Behaviour Change (20 credits) – Two-hour lecture/workshop / two hours VLE. Assessment: Psychological Intervention Report
Professional Development in Health Psychology (20 credits) – Two hour lecture/workshop, two hour VLE activities. Assessment: Essay
Health Psychology Dissertation (60 credits) - Two hour lecture/workshop, independent study. Assessment: Mini-systematic review, empirical project, poster
This programme can be used as a bridging programme for Doctoral levels of study into Counselling Psychology or Clinical Psychology. It can also be used by those who are interested in pursuing a PhD in Clinical and/or applied Health Psychology areas of research.
You will be taught the skills and theory you need to be successful in the health psychology industry.
We will provide workshops that’ll enable you to work as a researcher in health psychology or as an assistant psychologist working in the health sector.
We encourage you to gain voluntary work experience within the charity and health-related sectors.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
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Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.
For those studying on the BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation pathway, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.
Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.
Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career.
Dr Helen Egan was part of a team working with NIMHE (National Institute for Mental Health) involved in developing and evaluating the Primary Care Mental Health Worker role in the West Midlands. She has worked in the NHS developing patient engagement strategies and evaluating the quality of services.