Health Psychology - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Health Psychology

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Psychology
PGCert Psychology
PGDip Psychology
PGCert Psychology

Professional recognition

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PLD61007 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PLD61008 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

C841, C841

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

Previous programme specification and review documents

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - Psychology

Programme Leader

CROPLEY M Prof (Psychology)

Date of production/revision of spec

12/09/2017

Educational aims of the programme

To provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in Health Psychology in accordance with the 15 competence requirements pertaining to Stage 1 of the British Psychological Society criteria for achieving Chartered Status in Health Psychology

To train students in the informed and systematic application of the research-practitioner involving problem analysis and formulation, intervention design and evaluation

To enable students to harness relevant theory and evidence in the integrated formulation of a wide range of commonly encountered health problems and issues

To produce students equipped with the basic interpersonal, technical and creative skills required for the effective analysis and formulation of health problems, and for the effective design, implementation and evaluation of health interventions

To prepare students for professional work pursued in a highly responsible, self-regulated, self-efficacious and politically sensitive fashion

To facilitate self-reflection in support of personal and professional development via constructive feedback

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Knowledge and understanding of Health Psychology as an applied science K
Knowledge and understanding of the relevance of theory to professional practice K
Knowledge and understanding of theory and evidence pertaining to the core areas as detailed by the British Psychological Society; context and perspectives in Health Psychology; epidemiology in Health Psychology; biological mechanisms of health and disease, health-related behaviour, health-related cognitions, individual differences, stress, chronic illness/disability, lifespan, gender and cross cultural perspectives, health care contexts, applications of Health Psychology, research methods, empirical research project, measurement issues and professional issues K
Knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced research design and methods of investigation (qualitative and quantitative), data analysis principles and techniques K
Knowledge and understanding of the contemporary economic and political context of health care work K
Knowledge and understanding of place and value of Health Psychology within an interdisciplinary framework K
Critically assess and comment on both published and unpublished sources of research and commentary on Health Psychology issues C
Critically weigh up the contributions and limitations of Health Psychology in addressing various problems and issues C
Analyse and theoretically formulate various problem scenarios and issues pertinent to the practice of Health Psychology using a range of models and theories consistent with the principle of 'integrative' practice C
Design, conduct and evaluate Health Psychology research and research based Health Psychology interventions C
Analyse and take into consideration the economic and political context of a health problem or issue in the process of designing and implementing tailor made interventions C
Reflect on particular case examples (hypothetical and real) with a view to informing theory development/elaboration in an iterative fashion. C
Select, design, implement and evaluate a wide range of research techniques pertinent to research and research-based practice in Health Psychology P
Acquire some preliminary skill in designing research-based health interventions P
Analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data in a competent and critical manner P
Present/communicate their work in a professional manner for both academic, non-academic and business audiences, in both written and verbal (one-to-one, group) formats P
Apply problem solving strategy and techniques P
Prioritise work, multi-task and manage time under pressure. P
Communicate ideas, principles, theories and problem formulations by oral, written and visual means T
Elicit high quality information and data from field sources T
Operate within a problem-solving research-based practitioner framework T
Conduct oneself in a professional (accountable, responsible), self-regulated and constructively critical fashion T
Use interpersonal and social skills as appropriate T
Apply analytical skill in a problem solving context T
Use information technology (e.g. www., CD ROM data bases, word processors, statistics packages) T
Pursue continuous improvement via self-reflection and other forms of professional and personal development activity. T
At the end of their programme of study PG Dip students would be expected to: Describe some of the theory and evidence pertaining to the core areas of Health Psychology
At the end of their programme of study PG Dip students would be expected to: Apply some basic and advanced research design and methods of investigation (qualitative and quantitative), data analysis principles and techniques
At the end of their programme of study PG Dip students would be expected to: Analyse and theoretically formulate various problem scenarios and issues pertinent to the practice of Health Psychology using a range of models and theories
At the end of their programme of study PG Dip students would be expected to: Critically evaluate the contributions and limitations of Health Psychology in addressing various problems and issues
At the end of their programme of study PG Cert students would be expected to: Describe some of the theory and evidence pertaining to the core areas of Health Psychology
At the end of their programme of study PG Cert students would be expected to: Apply some basic and advanced research design and methods of investigation (qualitative and quantitative), data analysis principles and techniques

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.