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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).

Take the first step towards becoming a chartered health psychologist. Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and counts as stage one of your training. 

To help you put your skills into action, you’ll carry out practical work in statistics, a supervised research project and a 100-hour health-based clinical placement.



Key benefits 

  • Planned placements at top organisations specialising in everything from cardiology to charitable work 

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as your stage one training 

  • Learn from experts in clinical health psychology, as well as visiting lecturers from a range of subjects. 

  • Study surrounded by the expertise and facilities of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social & Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre 


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 Closed

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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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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Course detail


Whether you have recently graduated from your psychology undergraduate degree, or you’ve been working in the field for years, this course equips you with a scientific and theoretical understanding of health psychology.  

As well as theory we help you develop your practical skills in clinical workshops. You’ll see those tools and techniques in action during your 100 hours of placement. Our extensive contacts mean we offer a range of options across the NHS, as well as other settings like healthcare companies and charities. 

You’ll have the chance to explore a topic in more depth in your research project. It’s a great opportunity to join a research group working on an ongoing study, using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods. Working in a team gives you a real flavour of academic research as a career. 

“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. 

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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 (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: 
  • Basic and Advanced Research Methods and Statistics (45 credits)

  • Health Related Behaviours, Cognitions and Emotions (15 credits)

  • Psychosocial Factors in Chronic Illness and Disability (15 credits)

  • Psychology and Health Care Delivery (15 credits)

  • Health Psychology in Action and Professional Development (including clinical placement) (30 credits)

  • Research Project (60 credits)

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

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: (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 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 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but 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 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

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

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: £9,990 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £29,850 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer in late August, 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
  • 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. 

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

We follow the structure set out by the BPS, so our course can lead directly on to stage two training if you aim to become a chartered health psychologist. 

But there are other options too. Many of our students go on to academic research, working towards a PhD. Others work in related areas of health care, using the knowledge they’ve gained to inform their practice.

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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