Health Psychology (C8017)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to Health Psychology and to explore fundamental theoretical and empirical issues that require attention and consideration by researchers working in this field. Topics covered are likely to include: health, well-being and the role of health psychology, socioeconomic inequalities in health, personality and health, stress and social support, fear appeals, positive psychology and health (with a particular focus on self-affirmation), ethical issues in health promotion, and applications of health psychology to specific health-related behaviours (for example eating behaviours, physical activity and sleep).

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: