MSc Health Psychology

Our MSc in Health Psychology will help you achieve a broad-based postgraduate education with core health psychology competencies, knowledge and skills. Its focus is collaborative teaching through direct engagement with working professionals, research fellows and communication specialists. This programme will help you develop the multiple factor health awareness you need to become a fully Chartered Psychologist and HCPC registered health professional.

The MSc Health Psychology degree is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

London Waterloo

Start Date


Length of programme

One-year (full-time)
Two-years (part-time)

Modes of study



Written exams, assignments, group presentations and project reports

How to apply

Please apply direct or for more information request a call back


Key Information

  • Specifically developed to meet the needs of the health psychology profession including NHS, Local Authorities , Academics, Commercial, etc.
  • Be taught by experts in the field of health psychology research and practice
  • Develop practical, intellectual, and methodological skills transferrable to a wide-range of health-related professions
  • Research supervision offered by experts in a wide-range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies
  • Engages students with evidence-based knowledge and understanding, including new advances in theory and research
  • Develop reflexivity skills to prepare students for stage 2 training and other professional careers
  • Classroom scenarios and activities are based on real-world health issues designed to link learning with practice
  • 66% of contact hours are hands-on workshop activities and seminars

Your degree

The MSc in Health Psychology programme is taught by research-active staff through a mix of tutor-led presentations, student-led sessions and discussions, work in small groups, student presentations, independent learning and project work.

The programme makes use of both structured learning opportunities and supported independent learning strategies. Importantly, the programme aims to develop a peer approach in which staff model good practice and draw on their experiences of research, scholarly activity and professional activity. Students are expected to demonstrate understanding of a wide range of research methodologies as well as the ability to explore the limitations of existing research strategies. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate competence in relation to the design, implementation and evaluation of a piece of original supervised research. Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion. Teaching and learning strategies will encourage students' original and creative thinking. This will be facilitated by drawing upon students' own experiences and practices to interrogate theory. Health psychology is a dynamic field, with new situations posing new problems and presenting new opportunities. Health psychology practitioners need to be adaptable and innovative, as well as competent, in order to meet these challenges.

The programme is supported by a wide range of online facilities based on an interactive e-learning environment that uses computer assisted technology to enhance the learning process. This is accomplished by establishing both a campus and an online learning environment that exposes students to new information in a safe setting; so new ideas can be expressed, new skills can be practised and all learners can engage in cooperative and supportive interactions with lecturers, tutors and other students. In addition, the learning and teaching will benefit participants both personally and professionally by being relevant and applicable to real world settings.

There are 12 contact hours per week (four hours of lectures and eight hours of seminars in the first and second stages of your MSc and you are expected to spend an average of four hours preparation and follow up work for each seminar per week. In some weeks you will be expected to spend longer, in addition to having coursework, presentations and group work to complete. You will also need to consolidate as you progress through each module and on average you will be expected to spend approximately 38 hours per week on contact and independent study.


Lectures are delivered face-to-face followed by seminars involving various tasks which will enable you to reflect on advanced topics related to the latest developments, research evidence and applicability to real-world settings. The learning and teaching strategy of the postgraduate degree programme will address the paradigm shift within Higher Education away from content-based towards skills-based methodologies where practically possible.


During seminars you will discuss the content of the lecture and will be required to take part in various tasks which will enable you to reflect on advanced topics related to the latest developments, research evidence and applicability to real-world settings.

Methodologies will include lecturer-led presentations, including, the application of audio visual material; student led sessions and discussions; small group work and student presentations, as well as independent learning and project work which will utilise online facilities as appropriate.

Acquiring key skills is integral to all activities within the programme. You will develop skills in the use of collecting, analysing and applying information. Seminars will provide a means of developing all key skills, with a particular emphasis on communication skills and working with others.

Throughout individual modules there will be an emphasis upon participation and student interaction. The lecturer is a learning facilitator and, therefore, you will be expected to arrive with questions/ideas, to have prepared with prior readings and to lead parts of the session. It is through this method that ideas can best be examined, defended, justified and reflected upon.

Overall the learning and teaching strategies aim to encourage the skills and culture of independent learning and actively discourage learner dependence. To achieve this, development of student based activity will build students' confidence and assist in their development as independent learners with diminishing levels of supervision over your period of study.

A range of subject specific learning strategies will be deployed to achieve this with the main approaches to teaching and learning on the programme being summarised as:

  • An emphasis on the role of learners in acquiring knowledge and understanding;
  • The need to move from content towards skills-based methodologies specifically the skills of self-managed learning;
  • Recognition of the role of progression (evidence) through subject integration.

A feature of the learning and teaching strategy of the programme will be the use of 'real world' activities to provide a student-centred approach which will engage students in problem solving activities in a business context.

BPP University Psychology research

The Psychology Department at BPP University conducts research under three main themes. These are:

Brief information about each theme, group members and selected, recent publications can be found on our Psychology Research page.


Level one

  • Professional Skills - 15 credits
  • Research Skills - 15 credits
  • Social Determinants of Health - 15 credits
  • Applying Health Psychology: Prevention and Intervention I - 15 credits

Level two

  • Biological Mechanisms of Health and Disease - 15 credits
  • Health-Related Behaviours and Cognitions - 15 credits
  • Introduction to Therapeutic Approaches Health Psychology - 15 credits
  • Applying Health Psychology: Prevention and Intervention II - 15 credits

Level three

  • During Level three you will undertake a substantial piece of independent research for your final dissertation, with appropriate guidance from your supervisor - 60 credits

Entry requirements

Educational background

You should hold a minimum or equivalent to:

  • Lower second class honours degree in Psychology or related discipline
  • GSCE Maths at grade C or above

English language

  • IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent

Our International Office can assess your certificates and advise if you meet the entry requirements. You can also visit our website for a list of entry requirements from your country. If you do not think you meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications or work experience, please contact us.

Applicants who do not already have the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, should be aware that they will need to attain GBC prior to proceeding to Stage 2 training in health psychology and progressing to Chartered status.

Study locations

You can study the MSc in Health Psychology at our centrally-located study centre in:


Paying for your programme

Full-time EU: £8,000
Part-time EU: £4,000 (per year)
Full-time Non EU: £10,000

Flexible payment plans

To help with your fees, we also offer a number of instalment options. For details of instalment payment schemes and dates, please contact the Student Finance Office:

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for assessments £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800

Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Loans are available for eligible Master's courses, allowing you to apply for a loan towards your course and living costs. 

If you are applying for a programme beginning before Spetember 2017

You can apply for a Postgraduate Loan up to a maximum of £10,000

If you are applying for a programme beginning in September 2017 onwards

You can apply for a Postgraduate Loan up to a maximum of £10,280

You can apply online at or for further information visit our student finance section

* BPP University’s School of Health is offering a 25% discount on tuition fees on certain Masters programmes (MSc) to all alumni who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree with BPP University. Students must apply for a relevant MSc programme with BPP University’s School of Health to participate in this discount and no cash alternative will be offered. To be eligible applicants must have completed a full time two (if accelerated) or three years on an undergraduate degree with BPP University. This discount applies to MSc Psychology at any of BPP University’s London Waterloo, London City or Manchester study centres. Start date of this discount is 12.02.2014 and the offer of this discount may be withdrawn at any time. Students may be required to send a scanned copy of their undergraduate degree certificate as proof of their graduation from BPP University. Discount applies to those MSc programmes and centres listed and cannot be redeemed on any other programmes. This discount does not apply if any other offers are being redeemed on the MSc programme(s). This discount is offered by BPP University Limited having registered address BPP House, Aldine Place, 142-144 Uxbridge Road, London W12 8AA.