Cardiff Metropolitan University Msc Health Psychology

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Msc Health Psychology

Cardiff Metropolitan University Msc Health Psychology

Health Psychology – MSc/PgD/PgC


Course Overview

​Health psychology focuses on the roles of psychology, biology and social or environmental factors on health and health related behaviour. Health psychologists promote healthier lifestyles and seek to improve well-being by understanding the impact that health related thoughts, feelings and behaviour can have on the individual. Health strategy has been shifting from the treatment of disease to the maintenance of health and prevention of illness. This is particularly important in the Welsh context given that self-reported ‘good health’ is lower in Wales compared to other areas of the UK (ONS 2011), with a high level of risky behaviours (Welsh Assembly Government, 2004).

To learn more about the programme, watch our Health Psychology -MSc/PgD/PgC video​.

​Course Content​​

This MSc aims to produce high quality graduates that are in a good position to improve the health of and well-being by using specific psychological knowledge and skills. The programme is specifically designed with future employability in mind and provides a student centred approach to preparing graduates for future training and careers in health psychology.

Students will complete the following six taught modules along with a dissertation, which consists of an independent piece of research. Placement style dissertations are offered in external settings so that students, who choose to, are able to build experience in the type of settings in which they might later find employment.

  • Research Methods and Design:
    Equips the student with the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake masters level research.
  • Biopsychosocial Issues in Health:
    Explores the impact of biopsychosocial factors in health
  • Health Psychology and the Health Psychologist:
    Provides a critical account of the application of health psychology in the community and workplace and builds employability skills.
  • Changing Health Behaviour: 
    Critically evaluates psychological theories of behavioural change
  • Chronic Illness, Stress and Pain:
    Critically evaluates theories and models of chronic disease, stress, pain and their management.
  • Communication in the Health Care Context:
    Develops the students’ understanding of effective communication strategies.​

Learning & Teaching​