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The MSc in Psychology of Health & Wellbeing is designed to prepare psychology graduates for the next stage of their career in research or applied areas of psychology relating to health and wellbeing.
Keele has a vibrant, well-established and ever-expanding community of researchers in the psychology of health and wellbeing. Students will benefit from their expertise across a wide range of areas including illness, disability, ageing, health promotion and health literacy, experiences of cancer, and stress. Keele is also expanding research in positive psychology, exploring the benefits of arts activities for wellbeing, physical exercise, social engagement through the arts, and ecotherapy. MSc students are made to feel part of this research culture both through the formal modules and through involvement in research seminars and meetings.
Many of our MSc graduates go on to take up positions in the workplace, register for professional health psychology training or a PhD in psychology.
Aims of the Course
The programme provides taught content and research training in a range of areas in the psychology of health and wellbeing, building on areas of staff research expertise. Strengths include the critical social approach to the study of health, illness, ageing and wellbeing; positive psychology; qualitative, participatory and arts-based research approaches; health promotion and community development; the impact of material deprivation and social exclusion on health and wellbeing; participatory action research; health promotion research and evaluation; and ecopsychology: people's relationship with the natural world and how it can help in healing.
This course is open to graduates with a first or upper second-class degree in psychology (or a cognate discipline with some psychology study) or overseas equivalent. International students are very welcome. We accept IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.0 in each subtest.
The programme addresses written and communication skills, independent learning skills, data analysis, critical reflection and critical evaluation. Our students benefit from a wide range of support including accessible academic staff with a wide range of expertise, laboratory and other research space, study space, and access to IT and research tools.
List of Module Titles
- Advanced Study in Psychology of Health & Wellbeing (30 credits)
- Contemporary Research in Psychology (15 credits)
- Advanced Research Skills & Design (15 credits)
- Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
- Advanced Quantitative Statistics (15 credits)
- Research Apprenticeship in Psychology (15 credits)
- Dissertation (75 credits)
Teaching and Assessment
The course is of one year duration for full time and two years for part-time.
The course is assessed through coursework, verbal presentation of research, unseen examination and independent research written up as a final dissertation (15,000-20,000 words). The pass mark in each module is 50% (40% for level 3 modules), and all modules must be passed to obtain the MSc.
A distinction will be awarded for exceptional performance (broadly an overall average of 70% or more including 70% in the dissertation). A merit will be awarded where overall performance is in the range 60-69% (including 60% in the dissertation).
Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme. Limited support is available for research-related expenses.
For information on fees please see the latest information here for taught postgraduate fees.
There are a number of bursaries on offer to both home and overseas postgraduate students. Please see this page for more information.
The School of Psychology will fund students to attend a UK conference to present their dissertation research.