Postgraduate taught 

Psychology (conversion) MSc: Online distance learning

Clinical Health Psychology (Conversion) (Online Distance Learning) EDUC5962

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course critically explores the field of clinical health psychology. Students will explore an evidence base of theory and research in order to understand how the practice (theory, methods and interventions) of clinical health psychology can reduce distress and enhance the psychological and physical wellbeing of individuals. Students will also learn how the findings from the psychological study of health and wellbeing can be disseminated to wider audiences through health promotion campaigns and public engagement opportunities.



Excluded Courses






1. Written assignment, 2000 word essay (70%)

2. Oral Assessment and Presentation via powerpoint/prezi/youtube (30%)

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:


- To critically explore the concepts of health and wellbeing as they apply to issues of mental and physical illness

- Develop a critical awareness of the dimensions of abnormality- normality, health-illness

- To appreciate the historical, moral and societal influences inherent in these dimensions and consider issues of mental health stigma.

- Promote a critical understanding of the main theoretical models involved in assessment, intervention and health promotion

Explore the functions of assessment, formulation and diagnosis and the implications for research and intervention inherent in these.

- Develop a critical awareness and learn how to promote the purpose and scope of the professional practice of Clinical and Health Psychology and its research findings to a broad audience

- To highlight some relevant research methods suited to the study of clinical health psychology and to critically engage with these.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Reflect critically on issues related to the concept of health and wellbeing in the context of mental and physical illness

2. Describe and evaluate historical and contemporary theoretical models in clinical health psychology

3. Critically discuss ways in which psychological theory and research in this area has informed professional practice

4. To identify the ethical issues as they relate to research and practice in Clinical Health Psychology

5. Apply critical analysis skills to range of psychological interventions and methods of assessment (diagnosis and formulation) relevant to clinical health psychology

6. To produce effective

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.