MSc in Health Psychology (Cardiff Met)

Health Psychology focuses on the roles of psychology, biology and social or environmental factors on health and health related behaviour. Health psychologists promote healthier lifestyles and seek to improve well-being by understanding the impact that health related thoughts, feelings and behaviour can have on the individual. Health strategy has been shifting from the treatment of disease to the maintenance of health and prevention of illness.

This MSc aims to produce high quality graduates that are in a good position to improve health and well-being by using specific psychological knowledge and skills. The programme is specifically designed with future employability in mind and provides a student centred approach to preparing graduates for future training and / or careers. Some graduates go on to complete further training to become fully qualified health psychologists, but many others go on to work in health-related career roles including health promotion, education, health and well-being at work, research or develop their own businesses.

Why choose Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Cardiff Met has a Silver Teaching Excellence Framework (TFE) rating (HEFCE 2017)
  • The University is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the UK (The Times Good University Guide, The Sunday Times University Guide, The Guardian University Guide, The Independent Complete University Guide)
  • Cardiff Met has been ranked the top University in the UK for ‘International student support’ in the International Student Barometer for six years (ISB 2010-2015)
  • Cardiff Met won the Times Higher Education’s Most Improved Student Experience Award in 2014
  • In 2015, CMET was the 3rd most improved UK University in the Complete University Guide list.
  • 95% of the graduates are working or continue further studies within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016)

Why study at City Unity College

• Collaboration with high quality British university degree programs – highly rated UK Universities (CMET)
• The programs are taught in English.
• Classes are taught by experienced professors who have very good connections in the market
• Highly competitive tuition fees – good value for money
• Courses are a combination of theory and practical studies, with active students’ participation
• Multicultural environment which gives students the opportunity for an international networking
• The College organizes workshops and seminars with guest speakers from the industry, providing great incentives for the students
• The CUC Business Club is a dynamic alumni body for graduates to create and develop mutual interpersonal connections and networking
• Interdisciplinary synergies with other departments (Psychology, Computer Science) in various projects and researches
• Close cooperation between CMET and CUC through an elaborate process that ensures the soundness and quality of education.
• Excellent collaboration between instructors and students through an Intranet that provides all the educational material on time, so students can schedule their study time.
• Psychological support from the Business Department faculty in cooperation with the Psychology Department, to all students throughout their studies.

Program duration & Teaching methods

The program is offered full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years). In order to obtain a Master in Health Psychology, each student will be required to successfully complete a total of 180 credits; that is seven modules of 20 credits each, and a dissertation equivalent to 40 credits. Each student studies four modules per semester, and each semester includes fifteen academic weeks. Students choose from the beginning their specialization in one of the following areas: Finance, Marketing, HR, Health Units Management, Project Management, Product Development Management, and Islamic Finance.

The program is not offered as distance learning, so students take part in weekly three-hour tutorial meetings. Furthermore, students can schedule additional meetings (either in person or electronically) with professors/tutors during office hours or via email, etc. The evaluation of each course is done through a combination of tests, assignments, and presentations. All students should participate in compulsory tests/exams and assignments depending on course description.

Courses

  • Changing Health Behaviour
  • Biopsychosocial Issues in Health
  • Health Psychology and the Health Psychologist
  • Communication in the Health Care Context
  • Chronic Illness, Stress and Pain
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Dissertation Proposal

Teaching Methods

Students can design, with their professors’ assistance, their method of studying. At the same time, the course structure and the various teaching methods have been designed to support this practice. Micro-teaching is encouraged through the use of specific international practices such as case studies, while practical training is complemented by the use of appropriate materials, videos, computer software, etc.

The teaching material is presented through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops.

• Lectures

Lectures are an important part of the program’s teaching strategy as well as an effective way of presenting the educational material in an interactive, collaborative way.

      • Tutorial meetings

These sessions are intended to cover issues that cannot be done within a classroom time framework and are provided to assist students with any questions they may have. These meetings may be about:
– Solving practical issues that arise from the curriculum
– Resolving questions
– Seminars

Seminars may involve meetings of a student or group of students with their professors in order to present a project or a work within the scope of a course; students of different levels may attend the seminars. This strategy is used to openly transfer knowledge to all students regardless of their level, thus enhancing the student-centered approach the City Unity College faculty puts special emphasis on.

      • Laboratories

Laboratories are widely used in a number of modules throughout the program. In these classes students are able to practice and improve their skills in a supportive environment by faculty members. Laboratories are the transition from theory to practice.

      • Case studies

Case studies are a fundamental teaching and learning strategy, as well as an evaluation tool where students present and elaborate on real or virtual complex issues, which are required to analyze in detail and then compose their answers in writing or orally.

      • Lectures by distinguished speakers

From time to time, market and business people are invited to update students on current issues related to their studies and to offer a practical understanding and connections with the labor market.

* Some teaching methods might not apply to all subjects.

Our campus

All academic programs take place in our facilities at City Unity College, in the center of Nicosia.

Registration requirements

The minimum requirements for enrollment in the Master’s degree program are:

  1. a Bachelor degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body (2:2 or higher), or
  2. a non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of satisfactory standard for admission into the postgraduate program

Students who do not hold such qualifications will be assessed for their suitability through an interview and, where necessary, through references.

Non-graduates who lack formal qualifications (ie: formal qualifications which marginally fall short of the normal minimum entry requirements) will have to compensate for by his/her relevant professional experience, provided that these candidates have held for a minimum of five (5) years, a key position relevant to the Master’s degree they wish to pursue.

There are quality assurance measures taken at program, school and institutional level to ensure standards are consistently met.

Need Proof of English minimum level B2.

 

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