Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology


The Seventh Additional Provision of Law 33/2011 of 4 October, Public Health General, responds to the legal training requirements regulating psychology in the health care sector in Spain (Ley 33/2011, de 4 de octubre, General de Salud Pública. Disposición adicional séptima. Regulación de la psicología en el ámbito sanitario). 
According to this provision, a degree in psychology is enough to work as a psychologist, except in the case of psychologists wishing to work in the health sector. In order to work professionally as a General Health Psychologist, it is compulsory that the person complete the master's degree in General Health Psychology (Máster Universitario en Psicología General Sanitária - MUPGS), with a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in specific health care related contents offered either in the master's degree or in the undergraduate degree in Psychology.

The master's degree in General Health Psychology offered by the UAB Faculty of Psychology aims to provide students with the knowledge needed to acquire the skills and abilities used in psychological research, assessment and interventions related to those aspects helping individuals improve their general state of health in cases in which such activities do not require the attention of other specialists of the clinical psychology profession.

Career options

The master's degree diploma is the only certificate which professionally accredits graduates as General Health Psychologists and, therefore, those who complete the master's degree are the only ones who can work professionally within the health sector in activities that do not require the attention of specialists in other health professions and/or clinical psychology. In complex or severe cases in which the abilities of the General Health Psychologist are not sufficient and an adequate response cannot be given, a specialist will need to take over the case. In accordance with the legal and general action framework, it is considered that the training of a future General Health Psychologist must be oriented towards consolidated and priority action sectors with specific assistance networks (mental health, intellectually impaired, chronic sickness and ageing, prevention and promotion of health, addictions, etc.), as well as towards the emerging sectors in which relevant contributions can be made, and in which new professional action spaces can be consolidated. Therefore, the main professional options for general health psychologists include:

  • Private general health psychologist
  • Mental health institutes of the private sector
  • Mental health rehabilitation services for adults (day centres)
  • Special education centres for children and adolescents
  • Centres specialising in eating disorders
  • Centres and workshops for people with disabilities and special needs
  • Social and health centres and elderly care homes
  • Drug addiction rehabilitation centres
  • Disease associations
  • Health Promotion and Prevention Services
  • Private fertility clinics: diagnosis and treatment services for couples with difficulties conceiving
  • Maternity and birthing preparation centres and units (obstetrical prophylaxis)
  • Social welfare centres for children and adolescents in risk of social exclusion
  • Educational action residential centres (Centres Residencials d'Acció Educativa)
  • Psychological health services for education centres
  • Psychological first aid centres (Primers Auxilis Psicològics)
  • Management and health planning services
  • Occupational health surveillance services
  • Intervention units in times of crises, emergencies and catastrophes
  • Housing centres and services for victims of abuse
  • Public and private health institutions working on the establishment of health promotion and prevention programmes
  • Services for technical assessment (family courtrooms) and forensic psychology report.
  • Elite sports centres
  • Research: universities and research centres/institutes
  • training, teaching and supervising future professionals
  • direction, administration and/or management tasks: collaboration in tasks within the health system.
We recommend that students with qualifications from outside the European Higher Education Area and who have not yet homologated their qualifications contact the corresponding Professional Association for information on the requirements to work professionally in Spain.

Official UAB

80 places
Classroom-based learning
Credits: 90 ECTS credits
Beginning of the pre-enrolment period 18/02/2019
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Pre-enrolment closed
Price: €41.17 per credit (EU citizens and non-EU holding a Spanish residence permit). 2018/19 Academic year.
€66 per credit (non-EU citizens who do not hold a Spanish residence permit). 2018/19 Academic year.
Faculty: Faculty of Psychology
Language: Catalan (70%) and Spanish (30%)
Coordinator university: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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