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.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: From 2014, there will be no further intakes for this course.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- BACH5255 - Qualitative Research Methods
- BACH5341 - Research & Inquiry in Health Professions
- BIOS5041 - Ageing,Biology and Health
- DENT5015 - Population Oral Health
- HPOL5000 - Introduction to Health Policy
- HPOL5001 - Economics and Finance for Health Policy
- HPOL5003 - Analysing Health Policy
- HPOL5007 - Global Health Policy
- MECO6919 - Health Communication
- MIPH5219 - International Health Project Management
- PSYC5010 - Applying Psychology to Health
- PSYC5011 - Applying Models of Health Behaviour
- PSYC5012 - Health and Risk Communication
- PSYC5013 - Coping and Adjustment to Illness
- PSYC5014 - Developments in Health Psychology
- PSYC5016 - Research Project in Applied Psychology A
- PSYC5017 - Research Project in Applied Psychology B
- PUBH5010 - Epidemiology Methods and Uses
- PUBH5018 - Introductory Biostatistics
- PUBH5019 - Cancer Prevention and Control
- PUBH5033 - Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
- PUBH5418 - Tobacco Control in the 21st Century
- PUBH5500 - Advanced Qualitative Health Research
- QUAL5002 - Qualitative Methodologies & Study Design
- QUAL5003 - Qualitative Research Analysis & Writing
- SEXH5205 - Advanced Adolescent Sexual Health
Further course information
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.
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.
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
Master of Science in Health Psychology graduates are able to pursue health psychology careers within the health service, academia and government.
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 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
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.
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.
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are 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). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2012 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2013, 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 2012 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 tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2013, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are 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.
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.