Foundations in Psychology: Health and Clinical B (C8501B)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

This module introduces a number of topics within clinical and health psychology, with an emphasis on physical health. You will study theory and research to help understand the possible role of psychological factors in physical health and disease (i.e., mind-body interaction). Specific topics include chronic illness, empathy in medicine and psychological interventions for improving health care. A problem-based approach will be used which means that the topics will be considered in the context of the problems that can be seen and observed in the world today. This provides learning opportunities for students through self-directed enquiry, dialogue and experiential engagement with topics and academic material.


67%: Lecture
33%: Practical (Workshop)


50%: Coursework (Essay)
50%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: