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 (eg 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.
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.
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 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.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
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.
Alfonzo graduated from Middlesex University in 2011 and was awarded a BSc (Hons) Psychology. He then decided to further his studies at postgraduate level and undertook an MSc in Applied Clinical Health Psychology. He graduated in December 2012.
"I chose Middlesex University for my undergraduate study because I was interested in the research areas of staff having seen their profiles online," says Alfonzo. "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."
Alfonzo points to three key reasons for staying at Middlesex for his masters. "Firstly, Middlesex was one of the few universities to offer my chosen MSc course. Secondly, the staff are knowledgeable and the facilities are amazing. The staff expertise is evident in their research areas and publications. Thirdly, being a Middlesex alumnus, I was entitled to a discount towards the course fees."
Alfonzo also recognises the benefits of studying a postgraduate degree. "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".
Find out about our postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Applied Clinical Health Psychology
This course is offered full-time or part-time. You can choose to study the full masters or a PG diploma or PG certificate. The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
|Full-time course fees 2017||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part-time course fees 2017*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||TBC||TBC|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||TBC||TBC|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part-time study are shown here as a guide.
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.