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Health Psychology MSc



This BPS accredited MSc, is intended for graduate psychologists who want to go on to obtain BPS recognition as a charted health psychologist.  This programme combines classroom teaching, individual study, and practical work in statistics, supervised research project and a 100hr health based clinical placement.

Key benefits

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Pioneers of postgraduate training in this discipline since 1987

  • Leading research centre in clinical health psychology

  • Collaborations within many NHS services across King's Health Partners

  • Visiting lecturers who are world class in their fields

  • Access to first class dedicated facilities

  • 100 hour supervised placement opportunities within the NHS, 3rd section and industry

  • Small class sizes

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations British Psychological Society as Stage One training towards becoming a Chartered Health Psychologist.

Course intake 18 FT.

Course leaders Professor Rona Moss-Morris; Dr Joe Chilcot

Course contact for further information Dr Joe Chilcot, Admissions Tutor

Course contact email

Awarding institution

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychology


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in Psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). 

NOTE: Students who are applying from outside the UK, or who do not have a BPS accredited degree in Psychology, must check with the BPS to see if they qualify for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). To apply for GBC, download the form at  (note that application process should take two to three weeks).

Application procedure

Apply through the King's online application form. Selected applicants will be interviewed.

Personal statement and supporting information

  • A personal statement which should include why you wish to study health psychology at KCL

  • Two academic references

  • Academic transcripts of your previous qualifications (with official English translation if required)

  • English language qualifications if your first language is not English

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


This full-time programme combines classroom teaching, individual study, practical work in statistics and a supervised research project as well as compulsory participation in a 100hr organised clinical work-based placement.

Course purpose

The programme provides up to date and thorough grounding in the theories, concepts and empirical findings in Health Psychology. We also provide formal training in quantitative and qualitative research methods so that students are able to evaluate, plan and conduct research. Clinical Placements provide the opportunity to observe health psychology in practice and to learn basic clinical skills. This MSc prepares students for a subsequent research degree or professional training in Health Psychology (i.e. PhD and/or BPS Stage 2 training in Health Psychology). We aim to equip students with the skills to apply the scientific and theoretical basis of Health Psychology using scholarly and critical approaches.

Course format and assessment

Assessment of coursework including: Systematic review, research protocol, qualitative & quantitative data analysis, critical reviews, placement report, essays, written examinations and a research project on an approved topic, (and oral examination, at the examiners discretion).

Extra information



  • Dr Joe Chilcot, Admissions Tutor -
  • Postgraduate Health Admissions -

Admissions FAQs page:


  • Required Modules

    All students are required to complete the following modules:

    • Basic and Advanced Research Methods and Statistics

    • Health Related Behaviours, Cognitions and Emotions

    • Psychosocial Factors in Chronic Illness and Disability

    • Psychology and Health Care Delivery

    • Health Psychology in Action and Professional Development (including clinical placement)

    On successful completion, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

    • Health Psychology as an applied science

    • The relevance of health psychology theory to professional practice

    • Theory and evidence pertaining to the core areas of health psychology as detailed by the British Psychological Society

    • Basic and advanced research design and methods of investigation (qualitative and quantitative) in health psychology

    • Data analysis principles and techniques

    • The contemporary economic and political context of health care work

    • The place and value of health psychology within an interdisciplinary framework


    All students undertake an assessed, 100 hour clinical placement in the second semester which is organised by a dedicated member of academic staff in NHS departments across King’s Health Partners, in industry and health related charities and public services. Placements typically consist of a dedicated piece of work completed by the student in their host department coupled with shadowing and observing of health and clinical psychologists. Previous placements include; auditing patient experiences in an NHS outpatient department; designing an information leaflet on health psychological measurement for allied health professionals and interviewing patients about their experiences of psychological therapy among others, some of which have led to academic and professional publication.

    To find out out more about the MSc Health Psychology Placements click here.


    Students are required to undertake a significant piece of empirical work (a research project). All research projects are conducted in collaboration with a supervisor (section staff or other colleagues from across the IoPPN, King’s College London and King’s Health Partners). Students are welcome to develop their own research proposals. There is also the opportunity to work on projects developed by academic staff in their areas of expertise.


Career prospects

Continue to complete BPS Stage 2 and practise as a Health Psychologist in clinical settings, Research Assistants, PhD study, jobs in behaviour relevant to health, illness and health care delivery e.g. smoking cessation adviser, 3rd sector.



Learn more about Health Psychology

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Find out more about the MSc Health Psychology by the present and former students. They will speak about their experiences throughout the MSc and how it helped them achieve their current career/position. They also tell us what to expect as a student of this programme.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£24,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU


Part time tuition Fees - Overseas


*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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