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Master's Programme in Psychology with Specialisation in Health Psychology

  • Number of credits 60 credits
  • Study time 1 year (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2022

What does psychology have to do with health? Very much, it turns out. How we think, feel, interact with others and behave otherwise have major consequences for how we stay healthy, get ill, and deal with illness. In addition, illness has a significant impact on our psychological processes at work, at home and in leisure time. The program takes a holistic perspective on human health by addressing biological, psychological and social factors.

Why should you apply for this programme?

In this film, some of the teachers tell what the programme contains and a little about what it is like to study in Umeå.

While studying

A master’s degree in health psychology gives you the qualitications to work in various professional fields, but especially in healthcare. The programme includes one year of full-time studies, and aims at in-depth knowledge and skills that relate to psychological processes in health, illness and healthcare. It addresses areas such as (i) the role of psychological and social factors in the onset and treatment of physical health problems, (ii) strengthening health-promoting behavior for prevention of health problems and promotion of good health, (iii) patients’ perception of illness, management of chronic illness, and adherence to treatment, (iv) determinants of health-related behavior, (v) psychosocial health aspects of working life, (vi) interplay between psychological and biological factors and physical/chemical environmental factors for the onset of health problems, and (vii) methods and designs for development of knowledge in health psychology. The programme is permeated by a biopsychosocial perspective.

In the programme, students and teachers will meet who have different backgrounds, but with the common interest in improving health. Some students have a basic education in healthcare, and are, for example, physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists and dietitians. Others have a social science education, such as psychologists, sociologists, human resource specialists and sports educators.

Teaching and work format

The education involves searching for knowledge, problem solving, analysis and evaluation of information based on a scientific approach, which is done both individually and in study groups. The teaching methods include lectures, seminars, reverse classrooms and practical exercises. Since the programme is given in English, a large proportion of the students will have an international background.

Programme overview

Semester 1

Health psychology I: introduction, 7.5 credits
Scientific perspectives and research design, 7.5 credits
Health psychology II: lifestyle perspective, 7.5 credits
Data collection and analysis, 7.5 credits

Semester 2

Health psychology III: working life perspective, 7.5 credits
Health psychology IV: environmental perspective, 7.5 credits
Master’s thesis, 15 credits

The first six courses (7.5 credits) are given with 50% pace, but with two courses given in parallel, and the master’s thesis course (15 credits) is given with 100% pace.

Career opportunities

The programme functions as both an extension and in-depth study of previous academic degrees in several health sciences for work tasks related to physical and mental health. Many employers seek integrated biological and psychological expertise, which the program provides. The programme is also a good preparation for postgraduate studies in the field of health.

Degree

Master Programme in Psychology with Specialisation in Health Psychology, 60 credits.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Psychology with Specialisation in Health Psychology, 60 credits

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2022 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2022

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognized university. Special requirements: 90 ECTS in health or behavioral science subjects (including physiotherapeutic and occupational therapeutic subjects). Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements

Selection

Academic credits completed by the last application date (in the range of 30-285 credits equivalent to ECTS)

Application code

UMU-P2088

Application

The online application opens 15 March 2022 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 19 April 2022. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 46,500

Total fee

SEK 93,000

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2022

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognized university. Special requirements: 90 ECTS in health or behavioral science subjects (including physiotherapeutic and occupational therapeutic subjects). Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements

Selection

Academic credits completed by the last application date (in the range of 30-285 credits equivalent to ECTS)

Application code

UMU-M2088

Application

Application deadline was 17 January 2022. Submit a late application at Universityadmissions.se.

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 46,500

Total fee

SEK 93,000

Contact us

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Programme is given by
Department of Psychology
Contactperson for the programme is:
Anders Lindmark