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International/EU: £14,895 for the course
- Meet the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Stage 1 requirements for progression to becoming a Health Psychologist.
- Gain knowledge, skills, values and academic approach to secure employment or career development within a variety of health-related settings.
Successfully completing the course provides you with the skills to progress onto Stage 2 Health Psychology training (providing you have eligibility for GBC) including the BPS accredited Doctoral Programme in Health Psychology, which once completed confers eligibility to apply for registration as a Practitioner Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
For further information about the steps required to become a Health Psychologist, please see the Entry Requirements section below.
‘I found the course really interesting and intellectually stimulating. I used the knowledge I gained during the MSc to design an intervention in the NHS Weight Management service. I am now piloting this intervention with patients - which is really exciting!’
Laura Wray, MSc Health Psychology, 2017 graduate
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How you learn
The course content includes perspectives and contexts in health research and practice, introduction to research methods, health cognitions and behaviour, biopsychosocial determinants of acute illness, applications and practice of health psychology, client groups and stakeholders, advanced research methods and a research project.
You learn through
- online study
- group work
- problem solving
- practitioner skills workshops
- research conferences
Modules combine online learning with weekly on-campus study days. This provides flexible learning opportunities to enable a diverse range of students to study alongside employment and/or family commitments.
Our course leaders are experts in clinical health practitioner work in private practice and in the NHS. The course includes an introduction to a range of applied skills that you will practice during on-campus study days.
Applied practitioner skills include
- motivational interviewing techniques
- conflict resolution skills relevant to working in multidisciplinary healthcare teams
- consultation and collaborative treatment planning
- solution-focused counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- the communication of bad news
- critical self-reflection and ethical reasoning
Course leaders and tutors
In her role as the course leader for MSc Health Psychology Tria is responsible for overseeing the management, delivery and development of the course.
This course aims to provide you with the ability to use your work or voluntary experience 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 and professional development.
If you do not work in a health related setting, we have a careers workshop and a dedicated careers adviser who can help you find suitable employment or voluntary work. The course leadership team can also advise on what types of work will be suitable for your work-based reflection.
In the research project module we focus on developing the personal and academic skills needed to carry out research and importantly, to manage your research project, for example analytic skills, oral communication skills, and time planning skills.
You will use a Personal Development Plan (PDP) to store evidence of your progress and development in all modules and to reflect on your progress and plan actions to improve.
Specialist research seminars, delivered by members of the department and guest speakers are used to deepen knowledge and understanding of the course content.
All our courses are well supported by a comprehensive suite of career management services including interview training, and networking opportunities. We also have a week of dedicated focus on employability to give you early orientation to career opportunities.
We seek to encourage an atmosphere of supportiveness among our students where they feel comfortable if they need to ask for help, guidance or encouragement from tutors and peers. Indeed, we are committed to providing an environment of 'togetherness' where students and staff benefit from mutual learning experiences.
This course prepares you for a career in
- psychology practitioner
- psychology academic
- public health
- health promotion
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- the NHS
- the social care sector
- universities, in teaching and research
- drug and rehabilitation services
- private practice
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
On the last accreditation visit by the BPS the programme was commended for:
The approachability and availability of the staff team.
The staff commitment to students exceeded students’ expectations.
The programme’s focus on student reflection, which provides good preparation for stage two training and/or other professional career development.
The level of technical support provided to staff and students throughout the programme.
Where will I study?
You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- Blackboard online virtual learning environment
Applicants need one of the following
• BSc or BA Psychology with a 2.1 or above
• BSc or BA in a closely related discipline (e.g., health, social, community care) with a 2.1 or above
Applications from students who have achieved a 2.2 degree will be considered by the course leadership team. Where there is evidence that at least two of the following criteria have been met the applicant may be offered a place on the course. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
• applicants have work experience in a health-related setting
• applicants have an enthusiasm for health psychology
• applicants have demonstrated their ability to achieve a 2.1 within their undergraduate degree (for example, transcripts reveal a 2.1 in key undergraduate curriculum areas such as research methods).
All applicants are required to provide two satisfactory references (normally one of these will be an academic reference) and a personal statement.
Requirements in order to progress to Stage 2 Health Psychology training on completion of this course:
The British Psychological Society's (BPS) requirements and Stage 2 Health Psychology training are applicable only to students who have completed a BPS accredited Psychology undergraduate degree. This provides eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS. If you do not currently have GBC with the BPS, then you will need to undertake a BPS accredited MSc conversion course in order to undertake the doctoral level qualification (stage 2) in Health Psychology following the completion of this MSc course. We also offer an MSc in Psychology that would give you eligibility for GBC, provided you achieve an overall mark of at least 50 per cent and pass your dissertation.
If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
Additional information for EU/International students
|Module: Adjustment To Long Term Conditions And Bereavement||Credits: 15||
|Module: Behaviour Change Interventions: Development And Evaluation||Credits: 15||
|Module: Biopsychosocial Determinants Of Acute Illness||Credits: 15||
|Module: Clinical Practitioner Skills And Competencies||Credits: 15||
|Module: Health Psychology Research Project||Credits: 60||
|Module: Introduction To Research Methods||Credits: 15||
|Module: Research Methods And Measurement Issues In Health Psychology||Credits: 15||
|Module: Social Determinants Of Health||Credits: 15||
|Module: Understanding Behaviour||Credits: 15||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £8,745 for the course.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,895 for the course.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.