Master of Science in Health Psychology

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

PLEASE NOTE: From 2014, there will be no further intakes for this course. The information on this page is for current students of the course.

The Master of Science in Health Psychology is a professional development course which teaches the theory and practical applications of health psychology. There are no comparable programs currently offered in Sydney. Health psychology is the field of psychology devoted to the study of the promotion and maintenance of health; the causes and detection of illness; the prevention and treatment of illness; and the improvement of health care systems and health care policy.

The Master of Science in Health Psychology provides you with an understanding of the theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of health psychology. The course aims to address the needs of a wide variety of health professionals interested in the growing area of health psychology including people working within the Department of Health and other organisations, charities and research groups, allied health professionals, psychology students, geneticists and genetic counsellors.

Units of study

Embedded courses

Further course information

Study plan

Students follow the study pattern of the core units of study and electives as required. Study can be taken on a full time or part time basis. Your individual study plan will of course depend on the availability of units in a given semester. You will complete a total of 48 credit points of study comprising 24 credit points of core units of study and 24 credit points of elective units of study. Subject to the availability of supervision and suitable projects, candidates with a credit average in 24 credit points of study from the degree may be admitted to the research pathway. Contact the course coordinator for details about the research pathway of this course.

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first four units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the research project units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed to provide an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the course, synthesise this with prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.

An elective research pathway capstone experience in the award comprises PSYC5016 and PSYC5017 (12 credit points). Candidates identify a research issue, review existing literature on the topic, formulate novel research questions, and test these questions through the application of contemporary psychological methodologies and appropriate data-analytic procedures.

A coursework pathway capstone experience in the award comprises core studies in PSYC5010 and PSYC5011. Candidates examine the application of psychology in clincal settings and develop an intervention based on social cognition models.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Master of Science in Health Psychology graduates are able to pursue health psychology careers within the health service, academia and government.

Further study

Many of our graduates have successfully pursued further study in a range of internationally recognised academic programs. If you would like to be part of Sydney's research community, you may wish to consider applying for admission to a higher degree by research. Research can be completed through a Master of Science by research or a PhD. Students completing a research degree undertake supervised research in specialised area of psychology and submit a written thesis at the completion of their studies. You can search for potential research projects and supervisors at Research Supervisor Connect: http://sydney.edu.au/research/opportunities/

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Health Psychology requires:

(a) a four-year psychology degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
(b) a three-year degree with credit average in a cognate discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification, with a minimum of two years relevant employment experience; or
(c) completion of the embedded graduate diploma in this discipline, from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or
(d) completion of the embedded graduate certificate in this discipline with a distinction average, from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University by using the online application form, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Science in Health Psychology.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Science in Health Psychology.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.