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Health Psychology MSc



Our BPS-accredited Health Psychology MSc is specifically designed for graduate psychologists who wish to obtain BPS recognition as a charted health psychologist. Our Health Psychology programme combines classroom teaching, individual study, and practical work in statistics, supervised research project and a 100-hour 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, third 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 25 FT.

Course leaders

Professor Rona Moss-Morris; Dr Joe Chilcot, Admissions Tutor

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

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 application dateline for the September 2017 entry is March 31 2017.


Course detail


Our Health Psychology course provides up-to-date and thorough grounding in the theories, concepts and empirical findings in health psychology. It will prepare you 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 you with the skills to apply the scientific and theoretical basis of health psychology using scholarly and critical approaches. We also provide formal training in quantitative and qualitative research methods so that you 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.

The clinical placement takes place in the second semester and 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 consist of a dedicated piece of work completed by the student in their host department coupled with shadowing and observing health and clinical psychologists. Previous placements included 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.

You will also be required to undertake a significant piece of empirical work (a research project). All research projects are conducted in collaboration with a supervisor. While you will be encouraged to develop your own research proposal, you will also have the opportunity to work on projects developed by academic staff in their areas of expertise.

Further literature

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Course format and assessment


You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Health Related Behaviours, Cognitions & Emotions

Lectures (36 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (14 hours) | Self-study time (100 hours)

Psychosocial factors of Chronic Illness and Disability

Lectures (36 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (14 hours) | Self-study time (100 hours)

Psychology and Health Care Delivery

Lectures (36 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (14 hours) | Self-study time (100 hours)

Health Psychology in Action & Professional Development

Lectures (15 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (100 hours) | Self-study time (170 hours)

Basic and Advanced Research Methods and Statistics

Lectures (60 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (20 hours) | Self-study time (350 hours)

Research Project

Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (500 hours) | Self-study time (80 hours)

Course Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Year 1

Examination (20%) | Coursework (60%) | Practical (20%)

Extra information



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

Admissions FAQs page:


Course accreditation
British Psychological Society as Stage One training towards becoming a Chartered Health Psychologist.

Other related courses:

Global Mental Health MSc


Career prospects

Our graduates 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, such as smoking cessation adviser.


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

£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£25,950 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU


Part time tuition Fees - Overseas


*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The deposit is £500 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2017/18)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

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

Scholarships now available for this programme. 


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