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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Psychological Approaches to Health

Programme code:MSC-PATHUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Andrew Prestwich Contact address:A.J.Prestwich@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Successful applicants will normally have at least an upper second class honours degree in Psychology or a discipline containing a substantial amount of psychology and research methods training. Students will have English as their first language, have studied for their undergraduate degree in English, and/or meet the University of Leeds minimum English language requirements. Non standard applicants may be called for interview.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Psychology

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Psychology Board of Examiners

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

N/A

Programme specification:

The programme is distinctive in terms of its area of focus, assessment methods, module choices, and research skills training. No other existing programmes explore the topics/content covered by PATH, with this range of assessment alternatives and elective options, Specifically, it will:

Provide an advanced level of knowledge, understanding, and skills in the area of psychological approaches to health. A key feature of this course is that it will combine such knowledge acquisition with an appreciation of how psychological theory and research can be applied in the real world, for example, in designing, developing and implementing behaviour change interventions to improve health and wellbeing.

Within the context of a fundamental knowledge base, explore the range of theories, assessments, and interventions developed and applied within psychological science; health and behaviour change in relation to predicting and changing health behaviours, theories and interventions in food and nutrition and the psychology of patient safety, thus appealing to prospective students including those seeking to pursue PhD study or a clinical doctorate programme.

Provide an advanced understanding of a variety of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, which are used in conducting psychological research

Provide sophisticated training in methods of systematic research reviewing, in relation to topics of psychological study

Provide the opportunity to carry out a substantial research project, closely supervised by experts in the field, exploring important and novel questions with implications for theory and practice in the area of psychological approaches to health.

Provide an advanced understanding of research issues that need to be considered when running projects, including open science practices, collaboration and participant access, ethical issues, data management, user engagement, and academic and non-academic dissemination.


Involve a range of School of Psychology staff in high level research-led teaching.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

The MSc will be awarded for passing a minimum of 150 credits which must include PSYC5901M, PSYC5902M and PSYC5909M.

The Postgraduate Certificate fallback award will be awarded for passing a minimum of 60 credits from the modules: PSYC5901M; PSYC5902M; PSYC5906M; PSYC5907M and PSYC5912M.

The Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded for passing a minimum of 90 credits which must include PSYC5901M and PSYC5902M.

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PSYC5900MAdvanced Research Issues in Psychology15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC5901MAdvanced Research Methods20 creditsSemester 1
PSYC5902MSystematic Review25 creditsSemester 1
PSYC5906MHealth Behaviour Change: Theories, Methods and Interventions20 creditsSemester 1
PSYC5907MTheory and Intervention in Food and Nutrition20 creditsSemester 2
PSYC5909MMSc Research Project60 credits1 May to 30 Sep
PSYC5912MPsychology of Patient Safety20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Elective modules:

Last updated: 31/07/2019

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