• Stress and Health

Why study at Roehampton

•    Study in the only programme of this kind in the UK, where you will study both the psychological and biological approaches to stress, how it induces illness, and ways to improve well-being.
•    We are the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
•    Gain access to state-of-the-art laboratories such as the biomechanics laboratory, the physiology laboratory, and psychology laboratories.

Course summary

Study how stress affects illness and examine ways to improve individual wellbeing through practical applications in stress management.

Our programme is designed for graduates in psychology and the biological sciences, and professionals from a range of backgrounds including healthcare and counselling. You will gain a robust science-based qualification in the study of stress, dealing specifically with the mechanisms by which psychological stress can induce illnesses and examining issues of measurement, prevalence and management. This is especially pertinent today as you will study occupational stress and management for people in the workplace.

Taught by leading experts in the field, you will learn about how stress medicine and psychoneuroimmunology are growth areas in the discipline. You will be able to conduct and present your research project in an area of your interest.  There will be an opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience by recruiting a sample group of subjects for a stress assessment. You will then produce an assessment report which will form the basis of risk assessment and guidance for intervention.

You will gain access to state-of-the-art laboratories and resources for conducting research projects.

Course content

In your first semester, you will develop a strong understanding how psychological states can affect physical wellbeing, in particular the role of stress in the development of various diseases, such as coronary heart disease and metabolic disorders including diabetes and mental illnesses. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the health care field and the current developments in stress management.

After the first semester, the emphasis will be on independent study, and you will undertake an in-depth piece of original research. You will learn to collect, combine and analyse data from a range of sources, making critical assessments as you progress. Hands-on experience gained in the recruitment of test group will be invaluable experience for your career in the healthcare.

Career options

Practitioners work in stress measurement and stress management, and psychophysiological work in professions associated to medicine.




Number of credits

MSc: 180; PGDip: 120; PGCert: 60

Specific entry requirements

Postgraduate entry requirements


Life Sciences


1 year (full-time); 2-4 years (part-time)

Programme start


Tuition fees

£7,200 (2016; full-time UK/EU)
£400 per ten credits (2016; part-time UK/EU)

£13,000 (2016; full-time International)
£725 per ten credits (2016; part-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

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Further information

Patrick Brady »
+44 (0)20 8392 3258

+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Postgraduate open evening

Wednesday 16 November 2016

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