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PgCert Behaviour Change

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Year of Entry 2022/23

Behaviour Change

Full-time Psychology

If you work in a health or social care setting, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enhance your professional development, communication skills and understanding of your service users. Currently applications for the September start of this course are only open to home students.

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What is the fee? Home: £2,915 for the course
International/EU: £4,965 for the course
How long will I study? 10 Months
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2022

Course summary

  • Learn to critically evaluate and apply different approaches, theories and models to health-related issues and behaviour change.
  • Develop your ability to reflect on your practice, planning and personal development.
  • Apply problem solving strategies to complex professional scenarios.
  • Develop research and systematic literature reviewing skills.

This course focuses on health psychology’s approach to understanding people’s experience of illness, disability and health. As part of the course you will acquire knowledge and skills which you will apply to enhance your professional practice. You will be encouraged to engage in reflection and reflexive practice which will enable you to further develop your skills in order to meet new challenges and understand ways to improve care.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course is multi-disciplinary exploring health and illness in terms of its psychological, sociological, biological and political context.

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. Students attend an induction on campus in September, before typically attending half a day per week thereafter.

You learn through

  • online study
  • work
  • problem solving

Course leaders and tutors

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Tria Moore
Senior Lecturer In Psychology

In her role as the course leader for MSc Health Psychology Tria is responsible for overseeing the management, delivery and development of the course.

Applied learning

Live/real world projects

An important part of your learning is to apply your developing knowledge and skills to real-world problems, both individually and in group discussion. This enables you to develop a flexible application of knowledge to enhance your professional practice in a health or social care-related setting. Our course leaders are experts in clinical health practitioner work, both in private practice and in the NHS. Applied skills you'll learn range from health needs assessments to behaviour change interventions to systematic reviewing. 

The course aims to provide you with the ability to use your work or voluntary experience within a health and/or social care related setting to aid your learning and training. If you don’t currently 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.

Networking opportunities

Specialist research seminars, delivered by members of the department and guest speakers which include academics and practitioners, 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. There is also a week of dedicated focus on employability to give you early orientation to career opportunities, and we encourage an atmosphere of supportiveness among our students. 

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • Health promotion
  • Nursing
  • Social work
  • Medical practice
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dietetics
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Mental health and wellbeing

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.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • Blackboard online virtual learning environment

Entry requirements

All students

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, you may be offered a place on the course:

• work experience in a health-related setting

• an enthusiasm for health psychology

• ability to achieve a 2.1 within your undergraduate degree (for example, transcripts reveal a 2.1 in key undergraduate curriculum areas such as research methods).

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

All applicants are required to provide two satisfactory references (normally one of these will be an academic reference) and a personal statement. If you do not have GBC you can do a BPS accredited conversion course.

We 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. You should be enthusiastic about psychology and have a good understanding of the British Psychological Society's core areas.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Behaviour Change Interventions: Development And Evaluation Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Research Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social Determinants Of Health Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Behaviour Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £2,915 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £4,965 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for September 2022

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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