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MSc Clinical and Health Psychology / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
12 months FT, 24 months PT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (min 2:1) with evidence of attaining min 2:1 in all BSc research modules and dissertation or overseas equivalent in psychology. A degree in which psychology forms a major component may be acceptable. Each case will be judged on an individual basis. In addition to two academic references and detailed academic transcripts, you must also:

  1. Outline an idea for an original research project within the topic of clinical or health psychology that has not been previously been conducted. This need not be a project that you would undertake within an MSc, but is intended to demonstrate your ability to identify a research question and appropriate methodology. When evaluating this, we pay attention to your research question and whether the methods you have selected are appropriate (max 250 words).
  2. List any relevant work or research experience you have had (max 50 words).

Applications will be held and assessed together at academic review panels  (PDF). Depending on the number of offers made following the final review panel we may continue to accept applications and impose a new closing date or place any late applications on a waiting list.

The panel looks for strong grades in research methods/statistics units (usually a min of 2.1) to support your application. If your course does not included dedicated research methods/statistics units, please provide details of which parts of your degree programme have included research methods, and details of your grades.

Submit supporting documentation via the online application. Personal statements and CVs will not be considered as part of the application process. Only fully completed applications with all the required supporting documentation will be considered.

International students: Must upload a scanned copy of their passport.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

Approximately 25 students per year are accepted onto the programme .

How to apply

To apply as a self-funded student, please apply online .

Please note, applications are considered at intervals throughout the year, following which places may either be full or an additional date for consideration of further applications will be set. The deadline for the next panel of applications is 10th April.

Please note: this MSc is not an accredited Stage 1 Health Psychology programme. It does not replace an accredited Clinical Psychology doctoral training programme, nor will it guarantee entry to such a course. Applicants interested in Stage 1 Health Psychology should apply for the BPS accredited Health Psychology MSc .

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

This course can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis and is designed for students considering a career in clinical or health psychology. You will gain a thorough grounding in:

  • the current theoretical understanding of the psychology of physical and mental health problems;
  • the principles and evidence-base of psychological interventions to change behaviour and cognition at the individual, group and population level;
  • the role of psychologists within healthcare settings such as the NHS and how the science of psychology is applied in clinical practice.
In parallel, you will gain advanced training in the methodology and analysis techniques used within clinical and health psychology research.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


All students who enrol on this course may be eligible for a bursary. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The University of Manchester also as a number of bursaries aimed at removing barriers to masters study for students. Find out if you are eligible.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0) 161 306 0270
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