Module code: PSYM004

Module Overview

This module provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice relating to chronic conditions. This module has been designed in accordance with requirements (stage 1) of the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology accreditation criteria. This module addresses the following curriculum areas for a British Psychological Society accredited Health Psychology Masters degree: contexts and perspectives in health psychology, physiological and psychosomatic disease processes, client groups and other stakeholders, measurement issues, health-related behavior and cognitions, interventions and healthcare and professional settings. This module will students to understand how to apply health psychology theory and practice to different chronic conditions and patient populations.

Module provider


Module Leader

DIBB Bridget (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 125

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 3

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A first or 2.1 honours undergraduate degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) in psychology or related field

Module content

Week 1    Coronary heart disease
Week 2    Multiple Sclerosis
Week 3    Cancer
Week 4    Chronic pain
Week 5    Obesity
Week 6    Dementia
Week 7    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Week 8    Diabetes
Week 9    HIV
Week 10   Asthma
Week 11   Workshop

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 50

Alternative Assessment

As above, at a more suitable date.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate they have acquired a sound understanding of the psychological aspects related to living with chronic diseases.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Practical Based Assessment - Designing A Patient Information Leaflet –1000 Words

  • Coursework – Essay 2000 words

Formative assessment

Students can practice both assignments in class


Feedback is provided:

- Verbally in class throughout the semester in general, and in particular on both occasions when students practice their assignments in class

- In writing, on the feedback form

Module aims

  • This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the causes, risk factors, and consequences of chronic medical conditions. To this end, the role of psychological factors in understanding the emotional, behavioural, clinical, and social consequences of chronic medical conditions are considered. The module aims to facilitate students' critical understanding of the research evidence-base and the role of psychologists and psychological interventions in managing chronic conditions

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 An ability to describe the causes and risk factors of chronic conditions
2 An ability to describe the emotional, behavioural, clinical, and social consequences of chronic conditions
3 An ability to critically evaluate the role of psychological factors and theories in explaining variation in the impact of chronic conditions
4 An ability to critically evaluate psychological, and other, interventions aimed at managing and ameliorating chronic conditions
5 An understand of the challenges of communicating effectively about chronic conditions
6 An ability to design effective written communication aimed at patients with chronic conditions

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with abilities to learn while interacting

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Group discussions

  • Independent learning

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Health Psychology MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Environmental Psychology MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Research Methods in Psychology MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Social Psychology MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.