Module code: PSYM022

Module Overview

This module provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of methods, theory and practice in developing and maintaining health throughout the life span. 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, health-related behavior and cognitions, interventions, measurement issues and professional issues.  This module will help students to better understand how health psychology theory can be used in health across the lifespan.

Module provider


Module Leader

CROPLEY Mark (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: 128

Seminar Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Eating

  • Physical Health: a visit to the Surrey Human Performance Institute

  • Exercise

  • Illness cognition

  • Stress and illness and coping

  • Sleep: disorders and interventions

  • Addiction

  • Smoking

  • Health promotion i - introduction to Health promotion & ethical issues

  • Preventative medicine: vaccinations

  • Health promotion ii - evidenced based health promotion

NB: This timetable is subject to minor fluctuation due to availability of external speakers

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 1000 WORDS 25

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a thorough understanding of key theories and evidence to be able to apply this to patient behaviour in a clinical setting.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework: Essay 2000 Words (addresses learning outcomes: 1, 2) Submission: Week 5

Practical Exercise: 2000 Words (addresses learning outcomes: 1, 2) Submission: Week 11

Formative assessment

Student will receive formative assessment based on group exercises and case studies completed in class.


Students will receive written feedback on their two assignments

Module aims

  • Introduce students to the different principals, health psychology theories used in lifespan research
  • Help students understand the principles of health promotion and ethical
  • To evaluate the evidence-base of health promotion
  • Introduce students to different ways to maintain health across the lifespan
  • Help students to communicate their work in two different format

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Critically assess health psychology research in the form of a systematic review KCPT
2 To critically evaluate published theories and research KCPT

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:

Expose students to health psychology knowledge in the area of lifespan development and to ways of evaluate the empirical evidence.

The learning and teaching methods include:

11 x 2hr lectures including in-class discussion and learning exercises

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 1 Compulsory 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 2022/3 academic year.