subject to doctoral application, MSc Stress & Health, Postgraduate Diploma in Stress and Health
Interest in stress is increasing in terms of scientific research as well as the rapidly growing commercial stress management sector. This programme provides an academically respectable and 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.
Students look at how psychological states can affect physical wellbeing, in particular the role of stress in the development of various diseases, such as coronary heart disease (the biggest killer in the west) and metabolic disorders including diabetes and mental illnesses. It is important to emphasise that this programme is not intended to be a general counselling course as it focuses specifically on the psychobiology of stress.
Full-time students are taught on Thursdays and Fridays.
Key areas of study
Health and stress assessment.
Stress management: methods and issues.
The effect of psychological states on organic function.
The role of stress in changing patterns of disease.
Types of stress and responses to stress.
This programme deals with the specifics of how stress affects particular illnesses and includes a practical module on the problem of assessing stress levels. It also looks at various approaches to reducing stress, particularly in the workplace