Clinical Health Psychology


An exciting new opportunity for advanced study in specialist topics.

Clinical health psychology (sometimes referred to as behavioural medicine, medical psychology or psychosomatic medicine) is an applied discipline that focuses on people with a health condition that could be prevented, treated or rehabilitated through the use of psychological techniques or procedures.

Topics covered in this programme include:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Health behaviour change
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Long-term physical illness

World-class at Every Level

The School delivers world-class teaching and support for students who have access to cutting-edge research and laboratory facilities. The School has specialised facilities for human experimental psychology, movement and perception, individual differences, social psychology, child development, psychophysiology and animal behaviour.

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The School of Psychology at Queen's is based in the David Keir building and - dating back over 65 years - is one of the oldest distinct departments in the university's history.

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MSc Clinical Health Psychology

The programme aims to provide graduate students with an opportunity for advanced study in specialist topics in the field of clinical health psychology and to prepare graduate students for more advanced research in clinical health psychology, professional training in psychology or other discipline-related professional training.

It prepares graduate students for more advanced research in clinical health psychology, professional training in psychology or other discipline-related professional training.

Why choose Queen's

Ranked in the Top 140 Universities in the world for Graduate Prospects

(QS Graduate Employability rankings 2020)

Competitive Fees

Queen’s offers lower tuition fees than many other similarly well-regarded UK universities. (Natwest Student Living Index 2017).

Safe and affordable

Belfast offers the lowest cost of living in the UK and is the safest region in the UK. (Mercer 2016, British Crime Surveys, 2015/16).

Access to top companies

The employability element of the School of Psychology is called the Insight Programme which culminates in a short-term placement with organisations in the public, private and third sector.

Student Satisfaction

The quality of our teaching is reflected year on year in consistently high satisfaction ratings in student surveys and positive comments from our external examiners backed up by the accreditation of our undergraduate and conversion programmes from our professional body the BPS.

Industry recognition

The School of Psychology is proud to have been awarded the prestigious Athena SWAN Gold Award. Athena SWAN recognises advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Research pedigree

The School of Psychology was rated 9th in the UK for Research Intensity (REF 2014) with almost two-thirds of our submitted case studies being classed as outstanding in terms of global reach and research significance.