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Birkbeck, University of London: Health and Clinical Psychological Sciences

Institution Birkbeck, University of London
Department School of Psychological Sciences
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


Birkbeck's Master's degree in health and clinical psychological sciences is designed for graduates with a background in psychology, neuroscience or health sciences. It is ideal if you want to deepen your understanding of cutting-edge contemporary research in health, including health psychology, applied neuroscience and neuropsychology, and the factors contributing to physical and mental health outcomes.

The course will strengthen your understanding of the methods and insights of contemporary health and clinical psychological sciences, including applied neuroscience. During the course you will:

  • develop your generic research skills

  • learn advanced quantitative and qualitative methods

  • study how best to design and evaluate interventions.

The emphasis is on mixed-method approaches and we will support you in developing a cross-disciplinary approach to appraising research and carrying out an extended critical review (MA) or conducting a research project (MSc) within an area of contemporary psychology. This involves formulating a research question, conducting a literature review, assessing arguments and the available evidence, and writing up your study in a format suitable for publication.

We offer different module combinations to give you the choice of studying for an MA or MSc.


  • We have an outstanding research tradition in psychological sciences, with an international reputation in all aspects of cognitive neuroscience, especially developmental cognitive neuroscience. You will have the opportunity to attend research seminars and to meet and network with world-class researchers, both in the department and at other leading research centres and institutes at Birkbeck and in the Bloomsbury area.

  • We are consistently regarded as one of the top institutions teaching psychological sciences in the UK. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, and for the third time, we were ranked in the top ten universities in the UK.

  • If you have a strong academic record but require financial support to take this course, you may be eligible for the Kenway Legacy Scholarship, which will cover the cost of your tuition fees.

  • ESRC funding may be available in conjunction with PhD study.

Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue career paths in psychology, health or related areas. Possible professions include:

  • psychologist

  • counsellor

  • researcher

  • further education lecturer.

We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.



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