PgDip Behaviour Change and Clinical Practitioner Skills

Year of Entry 2024/25
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Behaviour Change and Clinical Practitioner Skills

Full-time Psychology

If you work in health or social care, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enhance your professional development, communication skills and understanding of your service users.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £6,875 for the course
    International/EU: £11,470 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    10 Months

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

Where will I study?

This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus.

Course summary

  • Learn to 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.
  • Build an understanding of clinical practitioner skills to enhance your applied work with patients, service users and clients in a variety of health and social care settings.
  • Apply problem solving strategies to complex professional scenarios.
  • Develop research and literature reviewing skills.

This course focuses on health psychology’s approach to understanding people’s experience of illness, disability and health. You'll acquire knowledge and skills that enhance your professional practice, enable you 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. Areas of study include biopsychosocial approaches to acute illness, adjustment to long-term conditions and bereavement, clinical practitioner skills and competencies and behaviour change interventions.

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 one day per week thereafter.

You learn through

  • online study
  • group work
  • problem solving
  • practitioner skills workshops

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. Our course leaders are experts in clinical health practitioner work in private practice and in the NHS. You'll have the opportunity to practice applied practitioner skills on campus, such as person-centred care, conflict resolution, solution-focused counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and consultation and collaborative treatment planning.

This 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. For example, work-based reflection is a core element of the clinical practitioner skills and competencies 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. 

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 have 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.

This course is designed to enhance your continuing professional development or employability in any health or social care setting.

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 City 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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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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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.

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


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Adjustment To Long Term Conditions And Bereavement
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Behaviour Change Interventions: Development And Evaluation
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Biopsychosocial Determinants Of Acute Illness
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Clinical Practitioner Skills And Competencies
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Research Methods
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Research Methods And Measurement Issues In Health Psychology
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Social Determinants Of Health
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Understanding Behaviour
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £3,440 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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 2024/25 is £11,470 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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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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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.

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