Clinical Health Psychology focuses on the relationship between psychological variables and biomedical conditions. It deals with the response to physical illness of patients in the healthcare system. Our students develop professional skills and skills in research methodology. The programme will appeal to individuals interested in health or counselling psychology and to those who have a background in a healthcare setting.
This MSc provides you with the knowledge and skills relevant to understanding how psychology is applied to the care of the physically ill and how it can 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 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) (normally obtained through completing a psychology degree in the UK). Those with GBC may prefer to apply for our BPS accredited MSc Health Psychology, which includes a placement.
We focus on supporting your future employability by helping you develop a range of professional, research and transferable skills (e.g. communication skills for working with clients and skills related to smoking cessation, health promotion and health behaviour change).
Coursework includes case studies, health behaviour journal, designing health promotion materials, laboratory reports, research proposals and essays.
This module aims to introduce students to the discipline of health psychology, setting it apart from other related disciplines. Students will be introduced to the concept of health and the main theories/concepts relating to the psychosocial determinants of health/illness, including stress and health behaviours. They will also be introduced to the applications of health psychology to health promotion and in particular, to behaviour change, including designing and evaluating interventions.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the main schools of psychological therapy, their theoretical origins and how the theory is applied in practice. The module will also introduce students to the basic principles of communication skills that form the foundation of all counselling and therapy. Finally, the module will familiarise students with the role of counselling and therapy within all areas of applied psychology.
This module aims to introduce students to the physiological processes involved in the onset and progression of a variety of acute and long-term conditions. The process of health care delivery, from symptom perception through consultation to treatment/management from the perspective of both clients and health professionals will be discussed. The health care needs and experiences of clients across the lifespan will be considered.
The aim of this module is to provide postgraduate students with research skills and expertise from theory to implementation required by areas in Applied Psychology. The module is designed to fulfil training requirements identified in the National Occupational Standards for Applied Psychologists Key roles 2 3 by offering a comprehensive in-depth and systematic account of a range of skills in quantitative and qualitative research strategies, and the use of SPSS software in statistical analysis as applicable to the course syllabus. A variety of teaching methods and assessment will be employed with the aim of inspiring and challenging each student, whilst promoting independent learning and a critical appreciation of the research process. Students will engage in laboratory classes, workshops, lectures/seminars, tutorials, group work, and practical sessions on SPSS and qualitative data analysis. Ultimately the aim is to train students to develop, implement and maintain personal and professional standards and ethical research practice in Applied Psychology.
This module aims to provide students with an opportunity for an in-depth, advanced study in a specific area of applied psychology, pertinent to the degree for which they are registered, guided by, but largely independent of, tutor support. Students are encouraged to apply appropriate principles of empirical research to an issue of their choice within the subject area of their degree registration. Students will be guided to present their research study in the form of a written journal article, using appropriate styles and conventions.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
You will attend interactive lectures – including talks by speakers from the NHS, the public health sector, academia and industry - and workshops where you will take part in discussions, role-play and problem-solving exercises and group work. Practical work will include keeping logbooks and submitting a dissertation, which will allow you to specialise in a particular area.
The course also aims to develop your communication, research, numeracy, teamwork and critical thinking skills, and our extensive facilities include three computer laboratories and a psychophysiology laboratory.
You will be assessed on the basis of your dissertation and research reports, essays and a variety of other types of coursework. These will include critical reviews, health behaviour diaries, psychophysiology laboratory worksheets, logbooks, case studies, presentations and posters.
There are strong employment prospects for Psychology graduates and salaries in this field are excellent. The range of professional skills that psychology graduates develop ensures that they are highly valued across the economy.
After completion of the masters programme, students may work in the health service, public health, organisations, and academia. Work may include helping people to manage and cope with illnesses such as diabetes, pain, cancer, stroke, coronary heart disease etc; health promotion in communities, schools or the workplace; designing and delivering interventions for weight loss, smoking cessation, stress management, improving uptake of screening for cancers etc; research and teaching.
In addition, graduates may also pursue further postgraduate training and/or study and those who have the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society may, for example, pursue clinical training.
The Psychology Department hosts a range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment used for both teaching and research purposes.
Across the department there is a broad range of expertise in neuroscience and related disciplines, and specialised equipment includes a new 128-electrode electroencephalogram system (EEG, BioSemi) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation equipment (TMS, MagStim).
Psychology teaching and research resources available to staff and students also includes eye-tracking (Tobii) and use of the Biopac System to record various psychophysiology measures such as ECG, heart rate and blood pressure, electro dermal activity (EDA), respiratory rate, and pulmonary function , as well as a cold pressor testing kit.
Specialist psychology laboratory cubicles offer a place for students to conduct individual projects, and there are two large Apple Mac labs specifically adapted for psychology teaching.
MSc Applied Clinical Health Psychology
I chose Middlesex University for my undergraduate study because I was interested in the research areas of staff having seen their profiles online. I was also impressed by the number of psychology experts in the department. I then decided to continue on to a postgraduate degree so that I would have the opportunity to mature and acquire more knowledge on the subject.
Middlesex was one of the few universities to offer my chosen MSc course and the staff are knowledgeable and the facilities are amazing. The staff expertise is evident in their research areas and publications.
Being a Middlesex alumnus, I was entitled to a discount towards the course fees. Postgraduate fees are very high today, but I would encourage students to further their studies as it gives them that extra knowledge and can offer an advantage when applying for a job.