• A unique programme focusing on the applications of health psychology while at the same time enriching students’ counselling skills.
  • In-depth knowledge combining two fields of study: health psychology and counselling, with emphasis on cognitive.
  • High-quality teaching from experienced academics and active professionals.
  • Access to a fully-equipped observation suite (with a one-way mirror and audio-visual recording) appropriate for focus groups, interviews, role-playing and observational studies.
  • Rooted in practice with the use of real-life examples, case studies and placement.

The MSc in Applied Psychology: Health Psychology and Counselling is designed to help students to work effectively as health psychologists with patients (and their significant others and caretakers) and other professionals, by acquiring the essential theoretical and empirical knowledge, as well as essential therapeutic counselling skills, emphasizing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to meet the profession’s demands. The programme covers psychological theories of health and illness, stressing the importance of health promotion, risk prevention and behaviour change. The programme also stresses the importance of empirical evidence, legislation, ethics and related contexts (e.g. social, political) and health-related policies.

Admissions Requirements

Entry requirements

  • University or College graduates holding a degree in Psychology.
  • University of College graduates holding a degree on a related Psychology subject.

Requirements for Registration

  • Copy of the latest Degree or Certificate
  • A CV (in English)
  • Reference Letters (2)
  • Good knowledge of English (IELTS 6.5 level or equivalent) *
  • Academic interview
  • Photos (2)
  • Copy of ID/Passport
  • Copy of criminal record

*Candidates without official English language certificates can take the English language placement test of Mediterranean College.

Structure & Content

The programme consists of six (6) 20-credit modules and the postgraduate dissertation (60 credits).

Via the “Therapeutic Counselling Skills in Action” module, students will take part in supervised placement and gain practical experience in an appropriate applied setting to supplement their learning on the programme. It will be the students’ responsibility to secure a placement and satisfy any requirements of that placement, however, the College will support students in finding a suitable placement. Students need to accumulate a minimum total of 100 placement hours and 20 supervision hours.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Applied Health Psychology and Well-being Living and Coping with Long-term Conditions
Health Promotion and Behaviour Change Psychology of Illness

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods Therapeutic Counselling Skills in Action
Dissertation Dissertation

*Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Psychology and Counselling (80 credits)
*Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology and Counselling (120 credits)
*MSc in Clinical Psychology and Counselling (180 credits)

Teaching & Learning

The learning and teaching methods utilized in the programme to achieve the learning outcomes will include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • discussion sessions
  • case-based teaching
  • interactive workshops
  • lab sessions

Throughout the programme, students will be expected to take an active role and will be encouraged to contribute to the investigation of concepts in a written and oral format. This will enable them to further develop their:

  • critical and academic thinking
  • academic writing and argument building
  • personal development
  • reflection and communication skills
  • investigative skills

In all modules, students will be directed to supplementary information sources, to complement the taught material and further encourage independent learning.

Why choose this course

  • A unique programme focusing on the applications of health psychology, while simultaneously enriching students’ therapeutic counselling skills.
  • In-depth knowledge with a combination of two fields of study: health psychology and counselling, focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Development of an awareness of the application and contribution of health psychology in health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Development of professional and transferable skills in becoming a health psychologist.
  • Rooted in the local framework whilst acknowledging European and global frameworks, contexts and legislation.
  • This programme is an MSc (Master of Science) and not an MA (Master of Arts), which makes it less theoretical and more practical.
  • High-quality teaching from experienced academics and active professionals.
  • Access to a fully-equipped observation suite (with a one-way mirror and audio-visual recording) appropriate for focus groups, interviews, role-playing and observational studies.
  • Personal development planning and links with continuing professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Rooted in practice with the use of real-life examples, case studies and placement.
  • Various methods of assessment.
  • The Mediterranean is the College with the most experience and expertise in Greece in the delivery of higher education courses in Psychology and Counselling and offers multiple level study options: from Level 5 Higher National Diploma to Level 7 Master’s Degrees.
  • The University of Derby (Guardian University Guide 2019) is a TOP-30 UK University and in the TOP-10 for student employability. This stems from constantly developing the curriculum, as directed by employers, professional and accreditation bodies.
  • All academic staff are accredited lecturers of the University of Derby for every module they teach. Mediterranean College implements an integrated recruitment system, assessment and continuing professional development of academic staff, in order for the students to receive excellent teaching and personal support for the development of their social and professional skills.
  • The School of Psychology offers students the opportunity to attend – alongside their studies – specialized seminars on the use of psychometric tools, offered by ISON Psychometrica (a leading company in Greece). Students can also attend certified training courses in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Clinical Diagnosis – Assessment.

Further Study & Career

Graduates of this programme can work in a range of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Health promotion/Illness Prevention Programmes
  • Researchers
  • NGOs
  • Health sector settings
  • As private practitioners

Alternatively, they can continue their studies towards a PhD or work abroad.

Program taught in:
  • English

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