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Clinical Health Psychology and Wellbeing MSc

Learn about the course below
Code
PGC851
Start
October 2021
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,400 (UK) *
£14,500 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Camille Alexis-Garsee
Nicky Payne

Supporting physical and mental health is central in all areas of life and employment. This master's degree integrates the promotion of health and wellness with a focus on mental and physical health. You'll gain the knowledge, clinical practitioner and professional skills you need for a career working with clients and patients in health-related settings. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake hands-on learning through a professional placement (the placement option is not available in the 2020/21 academic year due to COVID-19).

Why study MSc Clinicial Health Psychology and Wellbeing* at Middlesex University?

This MSc has been developed for psychology graduates (or a related discipline, such as health studies, counselling, mental health, nursing, or public health) and current health and mental healthcare professionals wishing to further their studies, develop their knowledge and skills and enhance their career opportunities.

During the course, you'll be examining health, wellness and illness to understand the relationship between psychological variables and biomedical conditions as well as physical and mental health and wellbeing.

You'll focus on application and intervention and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and practice professional and clinical skills. These can include communication with clients, ethical and reflective practice, judgment and decision-making, and skills related to formulation and assessment, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and health behaviour change.

We have strong partnerships with many health psychology organisations and trusts which means that you'll be able to undertake an eight-week work placement and gain valuable hands-on work experience. Previous placements have included working with addiction management, cancer screening, pain management, exercise promotion, stroke rehabilitation (the placement option is not available in the 2020/21 academic year due to COVID-19).

Course highlights

  • Focus your studies on both physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Develop your skills in intervention, working with clients and developing professional and clinical skills
  • Undertake a work placement in a health psychology setting (the placement option is not available in the 2020/21 academic year due to COVID-19)
  • Consider and prepare for your future career

Please note that this programme does not lead to a therapy practitioner qualification.


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What will you study on MSc Clinical Health Psychology and Wellbeing?

This master's degree allows you understand how psychology is applied to physical health and psychological wellbeing, and mental and physical ill health. You'll also focus on health promotion and health behaviour change.

During the course you will study counselling skills; interventions to promote health and well-being and to treat mental ill health; chronic illness and its management; health promotion and health behaviour change; and research methods.

What will you gain?

You'll be encouraged to focus on both your personal and professional development in several areas. Your professional skills for example, will include clinical, counselling and research skills, analysing and appraising the usefulness and application of psychological theories, and becoming an ethical and reflective practitioner.

You'll also be continually enhancing your employability by developing your decision making and communication skills as well as practising self-awareness and self-reflection.

Modules

  • Modules - changes for students in 2020

    • Psychology of Wellness and Illness (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce key areas of wellness and illness, including health promotion and behaviour change, positive psychology and wellbeing, mental ill health and chronic health conditions. You'll be able to focus on intervention and the promotion and enhancement of health and wellbeing.

    • Counselling and Psychotherapy (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the main schools of psychological therapy, their theoretical origins and demonstrate how the theory is applied in practice. You'll also be introduced to the basic principles of communication skills that form the foundation of all counselling and therapy.

    • Research Methods in Applied Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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. 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.

    • Trauma Impacts and Interventions (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will allow you to develop a critical understanding of current research evidence and perspectives on psychological trauma and its effects. You'll review the impact of trauma on different groups and at different stages of the lifespan and critically examine the models of intervention for psychological trauma. You'll also explore the current debates around ameliorating factors and developmental outcomes.

    • Research Practice and Reporting (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will give you the opportunity for an in-depth, advanced study in a specific area of applied psychology. You'll apply appropriate principles of empirical research to an issue of your choice, and present your research study in the form of a written journal article, using appropriate styles and conventions.

  • Modules - typical course content

    • Psychology of Wellness and Illness (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce key areas of wellness and illness, including health promotion and behaviour change, positive psychology and wellbeing, mental ill health and chronic health conditions. You'll be able to focus on intervention and the promotion and enhancement of health and wellbeing.

    • Counselling and Psychotherapy (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the main schools of psychological therapy, their theoretical origins and demonstrate how the theory is applied in practice. You'll also be introduced to the basic principles of communication skills that form the foundation of all counselling and therapy.

    • Research Methods in Applied Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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. 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.

    • Clinical Practice and Placement in Health Psychology (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will help you develop the skills required to work in health psychology settings. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement. You'll be supported to develop you personal and professional skills, including clinical skills and becoming an ethical and reflective practitioner.

    • Trauma Impacts and Interventions (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will allow you to develop a critical understanding of current research evidence and perspectives on psychological trauma and its effects. You'll review the impact of trauma on different groups and at different stages of the lifespan and critically examine the models of intervention for psychological trauma. You'll also explore the current debates around ameliorating factors and developmental outcomes.

    • Research Practice and Reporting (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will give you the opportunity for an in-depth, advanced study in a specific area of applied psychology. You'll apply appropriate principles of empirical research to an issue of your choice, and present your research study in the form of a written journal article, using appropriate styles and conventions.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module,  or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the MSc Clinical Health Psychology and Wellbeing taught?

You'll attend interactive classes and workshops where you'll take part in discussions, role-play and problem-solving exercises and group work. During the 2020/21 academic year some of this will be online using a mix of live interactive classes and pre-recorded on-demand videos and material, but there will be some face-to-face classes on campus when possible.

Assessment

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You'll be assessed on the basis of a variety of types of coursework including log books and reflections on practice, case studies, intervention design, reports and a journal style article.

Teaching and learning

Changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with other interactive teaching as well as larger lectures delivered online and recorded sessions available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: course delivered fully online

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

10 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

30 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

5 hours

Scenario 2: course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

6 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

30 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

5 hours

4.

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week, per level:

1 hour

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching  with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

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How can the MSc Clinical Health Psychology and support your career?

Once you've completed this MSc course, you can choose to work in a variety of sectors such as the health service, public health, charities, organisations and academia.

Work may include helping people deal with diabetes, pain, or stroke; health promotion in communities, schools or the workplace; designing and delivering interventions for weight loss or smoking cessation; promoting well-being and mental health; and research and teaching.

Our graduates have found successful careers as:

  • Child well-being practitioner in the NHS (Mary Oshinnaya)
  • Senior triage and engagement coordinator in a Stop smoking Service (Marcos Castejon)
  • Drug and alcohol recovery worker in the prison service (Dean Soobhen)
  • Specialist support office with young people with complex needs (Hamse Hassan)

You could also choose to continue your studies and training by training as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner to work in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, applying to study for a PhD (i.e. a research degree) or, if you have the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society, you could apply for training to become, for example, a counselling or clinical psychologist.

Dr Camille Alexis-Garsee
Associate Professor in Health Psychology

Dr Alexis-Garsee is a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS and is joint Programme Leader of the MSc Clinical Health Psychology and Wellbeing programme, joint Ethics Chair for the Psychology Department and Co-ordinator of the Health Psychology Lab. Her research focuses on on the use of technology for behaviour change and providing solutions for problems impacting population health such as smoking, obesity, and chronic illness.

Dr Nicky Payne
Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr Payne is a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS and a Registered Practitioner Health Psychologist with the HCPC. She is joint programme leader of the MSc Clinical Health Psychology and Wellbeing and the Psychology Research Degrees Coordinator. Her research focuses on health behaviour change, infertility, work stress and work-life balance.

  • Khelan Raghoobar

    Postgraduate Psychology graduate

    Studying at Middlesex has been a fantastic experience. The modules taught have employed many wonderful, multi-disciplined professionals who used varying teaching styles to ensure that we were able to grasp the material, and no one was left behind. In particular, the practical skills and knowledge gained from taught modules have been very useful in preparation for the work placement module, and for the wider working world.

  • Hamse Hassan

    Postgraduate Psychology graduate

    Studying at Middlesex was a thoroughly pleasant and enjoyable experience. The modules improved my knowledge and understanding, analytical and thinking skills as well as enhanced my practical skills through supportive workshops and interactive activities. The placement module was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate my learning in the work environment and reflect on my understanding. My employment prospects increased significantly after studying at Middlesex as it equipped me with essential tools that allowed me to succeed in my line of work.

  • Marcos Castejon

    Postgraduate Psychology graduate

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time on my degree. I especially liked the variety of health professionals that we got to learn from. The placement module was also excellent, I liked my time at the Behavioural Insights Team so much that I stayed for one more month volunteering after my placement was done.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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