Successfully completing this course allows you to progress onto stage two of the British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification in health psychology or a BPS-accredited doctoral programme in health psychology. Successfully completing stage two confers eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a health psychologist.
We designed the course to give you the knowledge, skills, values and academic approach to improve your work and study in health psychology.
You learn to
You can use your work or voluntary experience from within a health-related setting to aid your learning and training. For example, work-based reflection is a core element of the healthcare contexts module and is designed to contribute to your continuing personal development.
You may be able to gain supervised voluntary work experience within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Medical Psychology Service. Potential placements include • diabetes • HIV/GU medicine • renal services • chronic pain • amputation rehabilitation • trauma services • burns unit • spinal injury rehabilitation.
• essays • short answers • research reports • group projects • ongoing reflection by personal development portfolio • research project
Health psychologists work in a variety of areas where they identify issues that can affect our health and wellbeing. They provide tailored interventions to address individual, group and community needs.
After successfully completing the course, you can progress onto stage two of the British Psychological Society's (BPS) qualification in health psychology or a BPS-accredited doctoral programme in health psychology. Successfully completing stage two confers eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a health psychologist.
The skills and knowledge you develop can also be used within health or in the wider area of psychology including • research • education • industry • health promotion. This qualification can open or progress career opportunities for you inside and outside the traditional health services.
Online and class-based study
On campus studyThis is a blended learning course that combines online learning with on-campus study days. Full-time students attend a block week on campus at the course start in September, plus 9 days across 9 months (October-June), usually on a Friday in the middle of the month.
Part-time students attend the first three days of the block week at the course start in September, and up to 29 days across 24 months.
Typical modules may include
There are nine modules that you have to study within 12 months if you are a full-time student or 24 month for part-time, coming in one day a month. These are as follows • applications and practice of health psychology • client groups and stakeholders • healthcare contexts: work-based reflection • health cognitions and behaviour • health psychology research project • introduction to research methods and • perspectives, contexts and issues in health research and practice • psychobiological determinants of health • research methods and measurement issues in health psychology
Applications and practice of health psychologyIn this module you are introduced to a range of interventions applicable to health psychology settings and health and well-being outcomes. You gain knowledge and a critical understanding of behaviour change techniques; health needs assessment and health education and promotion. Issues relevant to the design and evaluation of such interventions are also be addressed.
For the assessment you produce an evidence based health needs assessment targeted at a patient group.
Client groups and stakeholdersYou focus on evaluating the role of individual differences in and variation of health and illness at different stages of life (including cross cultural perspectives) and its application in various health care settings. Assessment includes a stakeholders report aimed at health professionals within a specified health care setting.
Healthcare contexts: work-based reflectionThe context of healthcare practice affects the health professional and the service user and can contribute to shaping the relationship between them. You reflect on theory in practice to produce a professional development portfolio.
You need to be able to critically reflect on your experiences at work within a health setting because it is essential for your professional development, and for your future employability or further study (stage two training).
Critical reflection on your experiences at work within a health setting is essential for your professional development, and for your future employability or further study (stage two training).
Health cognitions and behaviourYou focus on the health psychology models and theories that aim to explain health behaviours and reactions to symptoms and illness. As much of health psychology research is based on these models, you consider their contribution to practical applications, such as quitting smoking and coping with chronic disease. Assessment includes an essay and short answer test.
Health psychology research projectYou conduct a self-directed piece of research supervised by a psychologist experienced in undertaking health-related research. You present your findings verbally at a research conference, and in written form as a journal article. These are assessed.
Introduction to research methodsA refresher module of the basic concepts of research methods and statistical analysis and to give you experience in reviewing and critically evaluating research via the systematic review, all of which are skills relevant to your research project. Assessment includes a mini systematic review.
Part-time – typically one day per week for two years
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Normally you need one of the following
If you do not have GBC for the BPS you can take a conversion course to gain GBC for the BPS before starting the course. We offer a PgDip Psychology conversion course. You should be enthusiastic about psychology and have a good of the British Psychological Society’s core areas.
If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
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