Education for the higher educated

Applied Clinical Health Psychology, MSc

Middlesex University

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  • Overview

Clinical Health Psychology is a branch of Health Psychology that focuses on the relationship between psychological variables and biomedical conditions. It deals with the processes of the psychological treatment of, and response to physical illness of patients in the health care system. In particular, students develop counselling skills to apply to working with clients in the health care system. As such the programme takes a scientist-practitioner approach and thus students develop both skills in research methodology and a range of professional and practical skills. This MSc does not qualify you to practice as a Health Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, or a counsellor or therapist. However, it will provide you with knowledge and skills relevant to understanding how psychology is applied to the care of the physically ill and how it is applied to maximise the effectiveness of health care delivery.


During the course you will study counselling skills; chronic illness and its management; working with patients in the health care system; health-related behaviour, addiction and treatment; public health, health promotion and behaviour change interventions; stress and stress management; and research methods. You will have access to some of the best and most up-to-date psychology specialist postgraduate computer, laboratory and library study facilities for teaching and research in the UK.

This programme will be of interest to students who are interested in health and/or counselling psychology and/or those who have a background or currently work in a health care, mental health or other health-related setting.

Your undergraduate degree should be in an appropriate subject which may include a research methods component, and knowledge or experience of psychological principles.


Both UK and international students and those with and without a psychology degree may apply. Entry qualifications include a degree (2:2 or equivalent or above) in a relevant area and an English language qualification (for home students this is Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification, and for overseas students this is usually IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL (paper based) 550 or TOEFL (internet based) 79 with specified minimum scores for each component).

For full-time students teaching is on Tuesdays and Thursdays and for part-time students it is on Tuesdays in year 1 and Thursdays in year 2.


Coursework includes case studies, health behaviour journal, designing health promotion materials, laboratory reports, research proposals and essays.


Year 1 - modules

  • Advanced Psychology Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Research Methods in Applied Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Counselling and psychotherapy (30 credits) - Compulsory
  • Applications of Health Psychology  (15 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Processes of Illness and Health Care Delivery  (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Psychosocial Foundations of Health and Illness  (15 Credits) - Compulsory

Level University
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 24 months
Costs (indication) More than € 4,550
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Country United Kingdom
Completion Diploma