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Health Psychology (MSc)
MSc (Health Psychology)
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
The MSc (Health Psychology) is a one-year full-time programme of academic study in the discipline of health psychology.
Health Psychology is concerned with the application of psychological theory, research, and practice to the promotion and maintenance of health; the identification and amelioration of psychological factors contributing to physical illness and the improvement of the health care system and formulation of health policy.
This programme is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Programme staff are active in developing and promoting health psychology in Ireland and internationally. A number of internationally recognised health psychologists contribute to the programme through a series of visiting specialist seminars. It is intended for psychology graduates seeking to develop their knowledge and expertise in Health Psychology. The MSc will enable students to conduct high quality research and will prepare them to undertake further professional training in health psyhology and other areas of psychology.
This programme is intended for graduates with at least an upper second class honours (or equivalent international qualification) primary degree in psychology. The degree should be accredited by the PSI, or should be an equivalent international qualification.
1 year, full-time
Next start date: September 2015
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: 15
Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the round offer dates.
The course is concerned with the application of psychological theory, methods and research to health, illness and healthcare.
Modules included on the programme are:
- Models of Health-Related Behaviour and Cognition
- Research Methods in Psychology
- Foundations of Health Psychology
- Psychosomatic Influences on Health
- Health Psychology in Applied Settings
- Current Issues in Health Psychology
- Research Seminar
- Minor Dissertation
The modules cover a wide variety of topics including adjustment to chronic illness, doctor-patient communication, management of chronic pain and the nature of stress and its psychobiological consequences. Students also take classes in research methods in health psychology and carry out an empirical research project in a health-related area. In addition, they have the opportunity to attend research seminars given by international experts in the field of health psychology.
Applications and selections
Who teaches this course?
- Dr. AnnMarie Groarke, BA, MA, HDipEd, PhD, AFPsSI
- Professor Jack James BSc (Hons), MPsych, PhD
- Professor Ruth Curtis BA, MA, HDipEd, PhD, AFPsSI, AFBPsS, Cpsychol
- Dr. Brian M. Hughes, BA (Psych), PhD, AFPsSI, Reg Psychol (PsSI)
- Dr. Caroline Heary BA, MPsychSc, PhD
- Ms. Anne Marie Keane, BA
- Dr. Padraig MacNeela BA, PhD
- Dr. Jane Walsh, BA, HDipHRMgt, PhD, AFPsSI, Reg Psychol (PsSI)
Other members of staff also provide occasional contributions.
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Given the strong academic and research basis of this programme, this qualification has relevance for working in a diverse range of settings. Previous graduates have gained employment in research posts and health service evaluation. Other opportunities include working with health authorities or voluntary organisations, that provide support, education and training to those with health-related difficulties. Graduates may also find employment in the area of health promotion or health education.
In addition to helping to prepare for employment in which a background in psychology is an advantage, the MSc (Health Psychology) also provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate study. Some previous students have progressed to PhD studies, and have gained employment in Universities and other higher education settings (eg. teaching psychology to health professionals or those in training, as well as psychology students and/or conducting research). Others have pursued studies in Clinical Psychology, with Clinical-Health Psychology a potential route in which to specialize.