Health Psychology - MSc 

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Course Overview

Health psychology focuses on the roles of psychology, biology and social or environmental factors on health and health related behaviour. Health psychologists promote healthier lifestyles and seek to improve well-being by understanding the impact that health related thoughts, feelings and behaviour can have on the individual. Health strategy has been shifting from the treatment of disease to the maintenance of health and prevention of illness. This is particularly important in the Welsh context given that self-reported ‘good health’ is lower in Wales compared to other areas of the UK (ONS 2011), with a high level of risky behaviours (Welsh Assembly Government, 2004).

Course Content

This MSc aims to produce high quality graduates that are in a good position to improve the health of and well-being of people in Wales and beyond by using specific psychological knowledge and skills. The programme is specifically designed with future employability in mind and provides a student centred approach to preparing graduates for future training and careers in health psychology.

Students will complete the following six taught modules along with a dissertation, which consists of an independent piece of research. Dissertations are offered in external settings so that students, who choose to, are able to build experience in the type of settings in which they might later find employment.

  • Research Methods and Design:
    Equips the student with the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake masters level research.

  • Biopsychosocial Issues in Health:
    Explores the impact of biopsychosocial factors in health

  • Health Psychology and the Health Psychologist:
    Provides a critical account of the application of health psychology in the community and workplace

  • Changing Health Behaviour:
    Critically evaluates psychological theories of behavioural change

  • Chronic Illness, Stress and Pain:
    Critically evaluates theories and models of chronic disease, stress, pain and their management.

  • Communication in the Health Care Context:
    Develops the students’ understanding of effective communication strategies.

Employability & Careers

An MSc in Health Psychology is the first step (stage one) towards Chartered Psychology status for students who are eligible to hold the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). The MSc in Health Psychology will provide the knowledge base and research skills, which will underpin stage two of the process towards Chartership with the BPS (two years of supervised practice). Completion of stage two with the BPS also confers eligibility to become a Health and Care Professions Council  (HCPC) registered Health Psychologist. All practitioner psychologists are regulated by the HCPC. Health psychologists work in all areas relevant to health, illness and health care delivery.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in Psychology, from a BPS (British Psychology Society) accredited undergraduate course.

Key Facts

Accredited by: The British Psychological Society (BPS)

Campus: Llandaff

School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
One year full-time or two years part-time.

The MSc is assessed by range of different coursework assignments.

Selection Procedure: Candidates will need to meet the admissions criteria. They will be expected to provide a CV and covering letter explaining why they wish to become a health psychologist.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme director, Caroline Limbert:
Tel: 029 2020 6009

See Also:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences Website