University of St Andrews


We are accepting applications for 2016-2017 entry, starting in September 2016.

Why should you choose this course?

  • Are you looking to join a pathway to become a Chartered Psychologist?
  • Are you interested in applying your knowledge of psychological theory to health care problems?
  • Do you want to acquire knowledge of research design and methods?
  • Do you want to acquire skills in data analysis applicable to health psychology?
  • Do you want to learn about health psychology in an applied setting? Are you keen to prepare for PhD studies in the field of health psychology?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then the MSc in Health Psychology could be exactly what you are looking for.


Health Psychology

Health Psychology

Health Psychology (MSc)
Duration: 1 year full time


The main aim of this new programme is to provide a Stage 1 Professional Training for Chartered Health Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society.  This includes a theoretical basis for understanding the major psychological factors that are associated with the attainment and maintenance of health including a detailed focus on health behaviour.

On completion, students will be equipped with the necessary skills to embark on their Stage 2 training or facilitate research at M.Phil or Ph.D. level. The programme will provide a detailed knowledge of the health psychology literature and principal theoretical and methodological issues in this field. The programme will also provide students with the statistical and methodological skills necessary to undertake research in health psychology. 

This course will be of interest to those who wish to obtain a professional training and a further academic qualification enabling career advancement in an important and developing applied field in health care. 


Specific aims:

  • To provide students with a recent background knowledge of the major  theories of explaining health beliefs, emotions and behaviour within the context of a modern developed health provider system;
  • To provide students with an advanced understanding of critical appraisal, research methods and statistical techniques typically employed in the field of health psychology;
  • To develop the practical skills associated with the planning of research projects, the analysis of data, and the communication and dissemination of research findings.


British Psychological Society Acredited