Middlesex University

Course Introduction

Clinical health psychology is a branch of health psychology that focuses on the relationship between psychological variables and biomedical conditions. It deals with the psychological treatment of, and response to physical illness of patients in the health care system. In particular, students develop counselling skills to apply to working with clients in the health care system. As such the programme takes a scientist'practitioner approach and thus students develop both skills in research methodology and a range of professional and practical skills. This course does not qualify you to practice as a health psychologist, clinical psychologist, or a counsellor or therapist. However, it will provide you with knowledge and skills relevant to understanding how psychology is applied to the care of the physically ill and how it is applied to maximise the effectiveness of health care delivery. During the course you will study counselling skills; chronic illness and its management; working with patients in the health care system; health'related behaviour, addiction and treatment; public health, health promotion and behaviour change interventions; stress and stress management; and research methods. This course is intended for those with or without a degree in psychology but without the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course Modules

Modules include: Advanced psychology dissertation; applications of health psychology; counselling and psychotherapy in applied psychology; processes of illness and health care delivery; psychosocial foundations of health and illness; research methods in applied psychology.

Course Additional Entry

An undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject which may include a research methods component; knowledge or experience of psychological principles. We require a 2nd class honours degree or above. You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £11,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,500  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate)