Health Psychology MSc

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Health Psychology MSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      1 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Start Date:

      09 September 2019

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 9,000 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 21,990

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of St Andrews’ Health Psychology MSc program is a single year course which is delivered by both the St Andrews School of Psychology & Neuroscience and NHS Fife. As such, students will have the opportunity to take part in a minimum of 12 separate clinical placements throughout the year.  

    This degree gives students the background and advanced skills they need to apply the knowledge they have gained at the undergraduate level. They will have access to the Prep and Consultation labs as well as the School of Medicine’s Simulation Lab throughout their studies.

    This program is certified as Stage 1 Professional Training as a Chartered Health Psychologist, and is fully recognised by the British Psychological Society. It prepares graduates to take the next steps on their academic career (typically either PhD studies, or an MPhil degree), or to begin their Stage 2 Professional Training on a clinical level.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    St Andrews’ Health Psychology MSc is a one year program for most students. As this is a certified professional training course, the curriculum is set throughout the year.

    Full Year:

    From the very beginning, and across all three terms of this program you will devote time to research generally and to developing Professional Skills in Psychology. This will include academic skills vital to every aspect of psychology and all specialties.

    Term 1:

    In your first term, you will have 2 set modules in addition to the Professional Skills module. As of the 2018 academic year these were:

    • Theories of Health Psychology and Behaviour Change

    This module seeks to give you a historical overview of health psychology, and to put that into a modern, clinical context.

    • Quality of Life, Communication and Chronic Illness

    This looks at methods of care designed to ensure maximum quality of life for patients with chronic conditions.

    Term 2:

    As of 2018, the second semester consisted of three modules, in addition to the Professional Skills content:

    • Biological Systems and Development

    This includes methods of both assessing and changing a patient’s health behaviours.

    • Methods of Data Analysis in Psychology

    This module gives you advanced statistical tools as well as experience with using qualitative research methods.

    • Health Information, Prevention and Decision Making

    This focuses on your ability to convey information to patients and the public generally about health care decisions.

    Research Project:

    You will also plan a research project in conjunction with academic staff over your first 2 terms, and deliver a 5000 word dissertation in your third term.

    Learning & Teaching

    The University of St Andrews’ Health Psychology MSc program relies on 2 terms of taught modules and a final summer term of independent research and writing your dissertation. The taught modules will include practical observation exercises, computer-based learning, individually supervised/tutored sessions, small seminars and interactive tutorials. Your research project will be conducted with the aid of an assigned supervisor.

    Career Possiblities

    While many of St Andrews’ Psychology graduates go on to take on rewarding roles in the NHS’s Public Health Services or Psychological programs, others enter into private health service research programs or go on to seek higher level degrees.

    Entry Credit

    Entry Requirements for UK and EU-nationals

    The University of St Andrews’ Health Psychology MSc program requires students to have already received at least a 2:1 honours degree in psychology which is certified as a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

    Entry Requirements for overseas (non-EU) students

    International students must be fluent in written and Spoken English, and have achieved an equivalent qualification to that listed above.

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