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About this course

Our BPS-accredited Health Psychology MSc is specifically designed for graduate psychologists who wish to obtain BPS recognition as a chartered 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

Further details

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

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities,Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

DepartmentDepartment of Psychology



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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.

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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

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

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies. 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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,950 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

*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.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • DBS checks
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Laptop if you don’t own one already
  • Travel costs for travel around London: between campuses and travel to a London NHS hospital for your placement.
  • Graduation costs

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

Scholarships now available for this programme. 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates continue to complete BPS Stage 2 and practise as health psychologists in clinical settings, research assistants, PhD study, jobs in behaviour relevant to healthand illness and health care delivery, such as smoking cessation adviser.

Career destinations

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of organisations including: 

  • St Martins 

  • Turning Point

  • Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Royal College of Psychiatrists 

  • National University of Singapore 

  • University of Auckland 

  • NHS Scotland 


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