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MScPsychological Approaches to Health and Management

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Aimed at allied health professions such as nurses, medical doctors
and social services workers dealing with health-related topics, this
course offers the opportunity for career enhancement by developing
psychological skills applicable in practice and research. Typically,
graduates can expect to be promoted to more responsible roles or have
the opportunity to be recruited in primary care services, especially
in relation to mental health.

The course is also aimed at graduates looking to pursue a career in a
variety of health settings. Previous graduates with some psychology
training have been able to obtain the Graduate Basis for Registration
(GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). This course will
also provide opportunities to pursue career paths in a range of other
occupations including: local directors of NHS community services for
physiotherapy, dietetic, cancer screening and HIV-positive research
posts within the NHS, managerial posts in Primary Care Trusts (PCT),
mental health workers in primary care and psychological test
administrators in a reading disability centre.

During the course you will:

  • Benefit from excellent links with local healthcare providers and
    the University’s Postgraduate Medical School for research and work
  • Experience a unique combination of topics in health, psychological
    assessment and human resource management
  • Have the opportunity to apply for a certificate of Occupational
    Testing (level A)
  • Develop skills in Early Interventions in Primary Care settings (ie
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Areas of study you may cover on this course include:

  • Effects of lifestyle and individual differences on health
  • Effects of health interventions in areas such as alcohol use and
    chronic stress
  • Psychological assessment from test administration to
  • Research methods for health psychologists
  • Occupational health psychology
  • Managing people and leadership skills at work
  • Mental health in primary care (management of depression, anxiety
    and other mental health problems in primary settings)
  • Stress, theories, measurement and management


Career opportunities


The degree aims to provide an understanding of real life applications
of theory to experience and behaviour in both normality and illness.
This aim is built in to the course. Furthermore, you will encounter a
range of examples of the application of psychology relevant to a
future career in psychology or in a profession where such knowledge
and skills acquired during the degree would be useful. You will have
talks given by the Centre for Personal and Career Development during
the research and career enhancement week.

The Psychology Division works closely with the Centre for Personal
and Career Development and embedded into the curriculum at all levels
you will engage in career development activities. During the degree
you will be made aware a model of personal and career development
based on the SOAR (Kumar, 2007) model and underpinned by career
development theories. You will be encouraged to hold a career
management skills portfolio to use throughout your master to record
your academic development, self reflection and career aspirations.
This element of your will not be formally assessed.

Working with the Centre of Personal and Career Development you will
have the opportunity to engage in practical careers workshops to
enhance your interview skills and to produce a high quality your CV,
and personal statement. There will also be opportunities to engaged to
voluntary work organised by the center for specific work experiences
in areas you would like to enhance your skills.



On completing this course students are likely to progress into the
following areas:

  • Public services (such as, the health service, education, the Civil
  • Research
  • Market research
  • Personnel management
  • Postgraduate study leading towards a doctorate (MPhil and PhD)

You will develop a sound training in subject specific skills and
knowledge, together with the skills required for lifelong learning so
you will be well prepared for a range of careers.

There is an emphasis on the applied nature of health and occupational
health psychology that will help you to develop your understanding of
real life applications of theory to a range of experiences and
behaviours that will assist you in your career choice.

Further study:

There are a range of postgraduate study opportunities open to you for
career paths in health and organisational psychology, research
training, teaching and the Health Service.

The Psychology Division offers taught masters programmes in Health
Psychology (accredited by the BPS), Psychological Approaches to Health
and Management, and Organisational Psychology.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States