MSc Health Psychology / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2021

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How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section in for information on the supporting documents we require.

Please note that the part-time option is only available to home/EU students. The full-time option is available to all.

Applications are assessed throughout the year and offers will be made to successful candidates on a first come first served basis.  Once all available places have been offered, the programme may operate a waiting list.

Advice to applicants

When applying, you must send us two academic references and detailed academic transcripts, and also outline an idea for an original research project within the area of health psychology that has not been previously conducted (max 250 words). 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 methods.

Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Please submit your application as soon as possible.

The panel will seek strong grades in research methods/statistics units (usually a minimum of an Upper Second). If your course does not include dedicated research methods/statistics units, please provide details of the parts of your degree that included research methods and your grades.

Personal statements and CVs will not be considered - only fully completed applications with all the required supporting documents. International students must upload a scanned copy of their passport.

How your application is considered

Applicants will be rated on the following criteria:

  • a good first degree in psychology (at least Upper Second);
  • good grades in research method units at degree level (at least Upper Second);
  • the academic style of your research proposal, including the ability to identify a reasonable research question within the field of health psychology and translate this into a research project using an appropriate methodology.


We are able to accept deferral requests. You may be asked to explain your reasons for declining the original offer before a decision is made.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful, you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.

We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.