Studying at Masters Level
The standard of the taught Masters degree is that expected of an honours graduate (or post-qualification professional) who has successfully completed a programme of no less than 48 weeks of full-time study (or its equivalent) in a field for which prior knowledge and skills have provided an appropriate foundation. Studying at Masters level demands more advanced and intensive study than a first degree, and includes a substantial element of advanced independent work.
You should be prepared to take a demanding programme of study and to adopt an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to learning – to see learning as not just the absorption of strings of facts, but the synthesis of ideas, the exploration of alternative models and the ability to deduce relationships. Problem-solving, critical thinking, time management, and communication (written and verbal) are core skills.
As a Masters student in Health Psychology you should be aware of the HCPC guidance on conduct and ethics for students. You should also note that you should not yet refer to yourself as a health psychologist. HCPC registration is required to use the legally protected title “Health Psychologist”. Psychologists who have completed a Master’s degree in health psychology and who are undertaking Stage 2 training may be regarded as ‘trainee’ health psychologists.