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• Analyse and develop advanced approaches to psychological health-related issues.
• Develop advanced skills in research methods.
• Complete this course and you can advance to a BPS accredited doctoral programme.
• Attend a voluntary supervised work placement at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Medical Psychology Service.
About this course
Successfully completing this course allows you to progress onto stage two of the British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification in health psychology or a BPS-accredited doctoral programme in health psychology. Successfully completing stage two confers eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a health psychologist.
We designed the course to give you the knowledge, skills, values and academic approach to improve your work and study in health psychology.
You learn to
• critically evaluate and apply different approaches, theories and models to health-related issues
• develop in-depth knowledge and advanced skills related to the design, implementation and evaluation of health-related research
• apply problem solving strategies to complex professional scenarios
• critically reflect on your practice, planning and personal development
You can use your work or voluntary experience from within a health-related setting to aid your learning and training. For example, work-based reflection is a core element of the healthcare contexts module and is designed to contribute to your continuing personal development.
You may be able to gain supervised voluntary work experience within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Medical Psychology Service. Potential placements include • diabetes • HIV/GU medicine • renal services • chronic pain • amputation rehabilitation • trauma services • burns unit • spinal injury rehabilitation.
Online and class-based study
Full-time – 14 months
Part-time – 26 months
On campus study
Full-time students attend a block week on campus at the course start in January, plus 9 days across 9 months (Feb-June, Sept-Nov, and Jan), usually the last Friday in the month.
Part-time students attend the first 3 days of the block week at the course start in January, plus 15 days across 26 months.
Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form
2013/14 academic year
Typically £5,355 for the course
2014/15 academic year
Full-time – typically £6,000 for the course
Part-time – typically £3,000 per year
The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information on fees and funding see www.shu.ac.uk/funding
2013/14 academic year
Typically £12,060 for the course
2014/15 academic year
Typically £12,150 for the course
The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information on fees, scholarships and bursaries see www.shu.ac.uk/international/fees
• essays • short answers • research reports • group projects • ongoing reflection by personal development portfolio • research project
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This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
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We have recently updated our laboratory facilities to enable more flexible and dedicated teaching of research methods and statistics. There is also space for more general purpose laboratory work such as running focus groups and one-to-one interviews.
Main psychology laboratory
This contains teaching space with PCs and space for non-computerised research teaching. You can access dedicated software including E-Prime experiment generator software to run computerised experiments. You can also analyse quantitative data using both SPSS and AMOS statistical packages, and qualitative data using the NVivo package.
Eye tracking laboratory
Using advanced technology, the ASL 501 Pan-tilt eye-tracker is a non-obtrusive eye-tracker which does not require head mounted tracking equipment. This is currently a laboratory-based tracker but is being adapted for portability to enable eye-tracking research in the field.
This houses electroencephalograph (EEG) facilities, allowing recording from up to 32 sites on the scalp for the collection of fine detailed EEG information. We also have more basic psychophysiology apparatus, such as heart-rate and skin-conductance recording equipment.
Low-level vision laboratory.
This facility has dedicated equipment especially suited to fine grained manipulation of stimulus intensities and durations, particularly suited to low-level vision research.
We also have access to a number of other research facilities which are available through arrangement with other sections of the University. There are considerable laboratory facilities within the Centre for Sports and Exercise Science including soundproof and climate control rooms, as well as facilities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
Dr Allen Goodwin, senior lecturer (1:35)
Dr Allen Goodwin talks about the completion of dissertations for postgraduate psychology courses – what they are, how to go about choosing a topic and how it will benefit you in the future.
Dr Iain Garner, head of programmes (2:04)
Dr Iain Garner provides an overview of the postgraduate psychology department at Sheffield Hallam – what subjects you will be exposed to, how the courses are structured and how you will benefit from your time at Sheffield Hallam.
A graduate perspective (1:58)
One of our graduates talks about their experiences on the course and how it has helped her achieve her career aims.
MSc Health Psychology, 2008 graduate
'Studying the MSc Health Psychology has been a good experience.
'The flexibility of the course has allowed me to continue working whilst studying, and the way that the course material is delivered makes it easier to juggle these demands. Having a month to complete a study guide means I can work at my own pace, which has made my learning a lot more enjoyable.
'The course covers a wide range of modules which makes it interesting and I’ve found some of the content particularly useful in applying it to my work setting.
'The staff teaching team are all very experienced, friendly and supportive and they have a variety of research interests among them.
'I've also found the facilities very good. The tutors often post links to online journal articles on Blackboard which really helps.'
MSc Health Psychology, 2008 graduate
Distance learning study
Distance learning is a rewarding and flexible way to learn. You study at the time, place and often pace of your choosing, to fit around your personal and working life. Like all types of learning, you need skills in personal organisation, time management, self-motivation, and a commitment to academic study.
As a distance learning student, you normally learn away from the University – in your own home or place of work. Most of our distance learning courses are delivered online via a portal called Blackboard.
We prepare you for your distance learning course with an online induction package. It helps you develop and practise your skills and allows any issues, concerns or development needs to be addressed prior to commencing a course of study.
You're fully supported by our learning centre, with library database searches and information enquiries, journal article supply and other help in accessing library and information services, all without having to travel to Sheffield.
We believe that you learn best when you engage in prolonged debate. Your course provides an active learning experience, with an ongoing dialogue between you, your peers and your tutors via discussion forums, blogs and others. You carry out a series of structured tasks, which build towards a successful final assessment submission.
Visit the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics website to view profiles of the staff who teach in this subject area.