MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
Effective delivery of health messages and health care in the 21st century necessitates a high degree of ‘psychological awareness’. It’s important to understand what drives and motivates people, if we are to achieve our aim to be a healthier society. Using a psychological approach to health adds another dimension to existing healthcare provision. It involves applying psychological theories, methods and research to understanding how to promote wellbeing, improve health, prevent and treat illness and disability, analyse and improve the health care system and formulate health policy.
Students on this course will understand and critically evaluate the theoretical basis of health psychology and apply this knowledge to understanding health, health behaviours and health care issues.
The course has a strong practical focus. It includes contributions from health care practitioners and, where possible, the opportunity to carry out a placement in a health care setting.
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A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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A small number of School of Natural Sciences (Psychology) funded bursaries are available to contribute towards tuition fees.
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The course comprises the following modules in the Autumn Semester:
The following modules are taken in the Spring Semester:
The modules are taught in two- to three-hour seminars which include lectures, workshops, and practical or experiential sessions. You need to complete and pass the seven modules above to be awarded the MSc Psychology Applied to Health. Assessment is by formal exams and coursework (including oral presentations, essays, group work and critical reviews of research).
MSc: one year; Postgraduate Diploma: two semesters
MSc: two years; Postgraduate Diploma: four semesters
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Psychology at Stirling is one of the leading psychology departments in the UK. It ranked in the top 20 in the recent research assessment (REF 2014) and is one of only seven non-Russell group universities to do so (Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, Sussex, Essex, St Andrews and Bangor; source Times Higher Education magazine). Its quality of research publications ranked third in Scotland after Aberdeen and Glasgow. Furthermore, the relevance of its research activity to society received the highest possible rating which only four other psychology departments in the UK achieved (REF 2014 results).
Psychology at Stirling University is small enough to fully involve MSc students in our lively and collegial community of research excellence.
Your three month full-time dissertation is supervised by leading UK academics.
This course is for those without a recognised degree in psychology or non-psychologists. It prepares you to work in many related areas - from health education or health promotion to community-based health improvement projects. The course is also relevant for the personal development of professionals already working in health.
Please choose a start date and study method from the drop-down list below, and click the Apply Now button below to begin the online application process. (Please make sure you have consulted the Postgraduate Study pages on the University website and the Online Application Guidance Notes before continuing).