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Health Psychology MSc

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We are proud to have been awarded an IoPPN Excellence Award in 2018 for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES).

BPS-accredited MSc in Health Psychology is specifically designed for graduate psychologists who wish to go on to becoming registered Health Psychologists with the HCPC. Our Health Psychology course combines classroom teaching, individual study and practical work in statistics, a 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


You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical skills workshops, and a placement opportunity. 

The course is taught by leading academics from King’s, many with a research focus on treatments for patients with long term psychological conditions. Some of our teaching team are academic psychologists, and others are working clinically. You’ll benefit from the huge amount of experience within the faculty. 

We also bring in experts from other areas to lecture on specialist topics throughout the year.

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

Dr Lyndsay Hughes


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 Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychology Division of Psychology & Systems Sciences



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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.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment

“We have a core research identity focused around individuals with long term conditions and multimorbidity. We look at how health psychology can support their illnesses. One of the ways this influences the course is our approach to practical clinical skills and developing interventions informed by our research.” 

Dr Joe Chilcot, Admissions Tutor

Watch our Open Evening Presentation to find out more about the Health Psychology MSc.

BPS Accreditation

The course is stage 1 accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) who highlighted four areas of particular strength:

1. The opportunity for students to undertake a placement that provides invaluable experiences for students and to gain professional skills which will benefit them in seeking employment.

2. The availability of personal support from the staff and the quality and timeliness of feedback on their assessments. 

3. The integration of the course with other health psychology provision and other applied psychologists in the region. 

4. Students are well prepared to undertake further professional training (stage 2) in health psychology as a result of their introduction to a  range of therapeutic interventions and the process of conducting a systematic review. 

Further literature


For information on open events visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/opendays.aspx


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 (24 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (100 hours) | Self-study time (161 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)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Course Assessment

The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and practical work.  The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.


Extra information


Year 1

Required Modules
    Students on this course are required to take: 
  • Health Related Behaviours, Cognition & Emotions (15 credits)
  • Psychosocial Factors in Chronic Illness & Disability (15 credits)
  • Psychology & Health Care Delivery (15 credits)
  • Health Psychology in Action & Professional Development (including clinical placement) (30 credits)
  • Basic & Advanced Research Methods & Statistics (45 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Health Psychology Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours in Psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

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: https://www.bps.org.uk/join-us/membership/graduate-membership (note that application process should take two to three weeks).

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies. Selected applicants will be interviewed.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Health Psychology checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). You personal statement should include why you wish to study health psychology at KCL.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two academic references are required. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.
For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021

  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

    Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

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 Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £31,350 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


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 UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.

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

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

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

  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving 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
  • 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. 

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

Applicants from eligible developing Commonwealth Countries who are applying to start in September 2019 may wish to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS). The CSSS covers full tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, airfare to and from the UK, and an additional thesis grant and a travel allowance. Further information about the scholarship and eligibility criteria can be found here.

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

Following their Stage 1 training (MSc), our graduates can continue their post graduate training (BPS Stage 2) in order to become a practicing health psychologist. Our graduates often work in a variety of settings, including research and assistant psychology positions, PhD study and clinical training.

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 


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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