🎓 Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology | Universitat Abat Oliba CEU

The master's degree in General Health Psychology from the Abat Oliba CEU University certifies the student for the General Health Psychologist profession.

Official master’s degree in General Health Psychology
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Title of programme

Official Master’s in General Health Psychology

Academic field


Length / Credits

18 months / 90 ECTS

Official quality certification - AQU

Places / Modality / Language

30 / On-site / Spanish

Psychological Therapeutic Care Unit

Student profile

Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology issued from within the European Higher Education Area, with at least 90 ECTS credits in healthcare-related content. Prior professional experience is not required.

Admissions and Enrolment

Application for enrolment is done via website, documents and formalisation of admission is done at the University.

Calendar and timetables

From October to March. First semester: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and seven Saturday mornings (from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Second semester: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

Academic Calendar

Psychological Theraputic Care Unit

Why study at UAO CEU?

1. Become a professional in Psychology

Access and requirements for psychologists in clinical and healthcare contexts has been affected by the passsing of the Regulations on Healthcare Professions (Royal Decree on Healthcare Centres, RD1277/2003) and the recognition of the Clinical Psychology specialisation (BOE, 17 June 2009).

More recently, the Seventh Additional Disposition of Law 33/2011, established that the only way to access the profession of General Health Psychologist is to take an official master’s degree in General Health Psychology. This means that the pathway for psychologists is clearly set as follows: Undergraduate Degree in Psychology (which is not sufficient in and of itself to enable professionals to work in the profession), and an official master’s degree in General Health Psychology to obtain the title of General Health Psychologist and PIR (Psychology Residency) or Expert (to be able to carry out clinical tasks in any sector, private or public).

As such, Abat Oliba University decided to offer this master's to complement the undergraduate degree and provide solid training, as well as preparing students to work as practising professionals, in accordance with the pathway outlined above, with a programme that covers the necessary content to obtain this title.

2. Psychological Therapeutic Care Unit

The CEU Psychological Therapuetic Care Unit is a certified healthcare centre that is part of Abat Oliba CEU University, located in Sagrat Cor University Hospital, which integrates healthcare, teaching and research. The model of healthcare provided is based on scientific evidence, with a holistic, humanistic perspective of the individual. The service offers diagnosis and treatment for various disorders.

This Unit represents a qualitative leap forward for Psychology Studies at our university. We have created a space where teaching, research and care can converge. While it offers the ideal space for students to apply their knowledge, the Unit is also another example of the transfer of knowledge from the University to society.

The master's is first taught at the Care Unit, meaning classes take place in a completely care-related context. The Unit, run by the director of the master's, is located within the Sagrat Cor Hospital (part of the Quirónsalud Group), and is staffed with clinical and healthcare psychologists that specialise in teaching and research.

3. Professional development

Wide internship programme that counts with many centres, authorised and registered as Healthcare Centres in the corresponding autonomic registers. Job Listing at a national and international level with more than 2,300 associate businesses with internship offers in more than 20 countries.

4. Driving quality research

In order to foster the dissemination of research projects in the Health Psychology field, the Vila-Saborit Foundation and Abat Oliba CEU University have founded the Vila-Saborit Foundation Awards for the best End-of-Master's Project in General Health Psychology.

With these awards, the organising institutions hope to foster and improve the production of quality scientific work in the Health Psychology field, detect valuable contributions to the discipline and contribute to public awareness and dissemination.

These awards are open to graduates whose End-of-Master's Project receives a mark of 8 or higher (registration form).

5. Teaching staff

Our teaching staff comprises experts with broad teaching experience and recognised professional experience in the fields of health psychology.

6. Knowledge and competences

Carry out research, evaluations and interventions relating to the aspects of psychology that can help improve patients' general health status.

7. Employability

95% of students who complete postgraduate studies at CEU find employment.

8. Information resources

The Library Service supports our students in their studies and research. Its main objective is to meet their educational and scientific needs. It has extensive, convenient opening hours, including weekends, with the best computer equipment.

UAO CEU offers the university community a vast digital library with open access to publications from the unievrsity's teaching, research and institutional activities carried out by our teachers, students and alumni.



Teaching staff


Classes in the Official Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology are taught by experts and professionals with proven teaching or professional experience, and have been chosen for their recognised prestige and specialisation in the field of psychology.


Academic Management of this Master’s

Montse Giner Lladós. PhD in Psychology. Clinical adult psychologist. Specialist studies in psychotherapy at the European Federation of Psychologists Assoc. (FEAP), accredited with the European Diploma (Europsy). Director of the CEU Psychological Therapeutic Care Unit.


Coordinator of the master's

Simón García-Ventura. Health psychologist. Deputy director of the CEU Psychological Therapeutic Care Unit.

Clinical and research advisor


Joan Seguí Montesinos. Psychiatrist. PhD in Medicine and Surgery. Head of the Psychiatry Department at Sagrat Cor Hospital.


Teaching staff

  • Laura Amado. PhD in Psychology. Health psychologist specialising in child and juvenile psychopathology. Director of studies of the Degree in Psychology at UAO CEU.
  • Genís Cervantes. Physician specialising in occupational, family and community medicine, and assessment of bodily injuries. PhD in Applied Social Psychology. Head of applied psychosociology at SPRL.
  • Gloria Díaz. Family and marriage therapist, resident at the Mental Research Institute (MRI).
  • Martín Echavarría . PhD in Psychology. Head psychologist at the Department of Education and Humanities at UAO CEU.
  • Marina Fernández. PhD in Psychology. Specialist in child and adult neuropsychology. General health psychologist at Instituto de Diagnóstico y Atención Psiquiátrica y Psicológica.
  • Maite Garaigordobil. PhD in Psychology. Professor of Psychological Evaluation and director of MUPGS at the University of the Basque Country (UPV).
  • Xavier Gasol. Health psychologist at the Psychiatry and Psychology ward of Catalonia General Hospital. Institut Trastorn Limit (ITLímit).
  • Jokin de Irala. PhD in Medicine. Professor of preventive medicine and public health at the University of Navarra (UNAV).
  • Adolfo Jarne. PhD in Psychology. Specialist psychologist in clinical psychology and forensic psychology. Director of MUPGS and professor of Psychopathology at UB.
  • Montse Lacalle. PhD in Psychology. Associate Psychologist at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology of UAB.
  • Fernando Lacasa. PhD in Psychology. Head of the Community Mental Health Department of Sant Joan de Déu University Hospital. Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist specialising in attachment and VIT.
  • Salvador Llistar. PhD in Psychology. Psychologist and nurse. Head of Projects and Development. Vallparadís Foundation. Mútua Terrassa.
  • Patricia Romaris. Child and adolescent psychologist at the Global Comprehensive Neurodevelopment Care Institute (IGAIN). ESDM (Early Start Denver Model) certified therapist. 
  • Rocío Roses. PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology from UAB. Clinical neuropsychologist. Head of Care at UMAIN Neurosciences Institute.
  • Maica Ruiz. PhD in Psychologist. Director of Triginta Salud Mental and Casa Marqués Salud Mental of the Vallparadís Foundation (Mútua Terrassa).
  • Karin Schlanger. Clinical psychologist. Lecturer at the University of San Francisco. Director of the MRI Short-term Therapy Centre and the Latin Short-term Centre.
  • Joan Seguí. Clinical advisor for psychiatric research. PhD in Medicine and Surgery. Head of the Psychiatry Department at Sagrat Cor University Hospital.

In addition, seminars will be given by teachers and professionals specialising in advanced fields of health psychology. Likewise, the programme collaborates with the Official College of Psychology of Catalunya (COPC) as academic consultants.


Career opportunities


The student will obtain the Official Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology from Abat Oliba CEU University, officially qualifying them to practise as a general health psychologist. This qualification makes it possible for you to work as a unique professional carrying out healthcare activities, provided that such activities do not require specialised attention by other health professionals.

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Centres for practicum:

Pre-registration with the Official College is necessary to carry out the practicum.

Prices and scholarships




Once you have formalised reservation of your place, the remaining amount can be made in the following ways:

One-off payment

A one-off payment gives you a discount of 3% of the tuition fees.

Monthly payments

In instalments with special, interest-free financing with Banc Sabadell (admin fee may apply).

Other financing agreements

With Banco Santander, CaixaBank, BBVA and Banc Sabadell. This also offers a discount of 3% of the tuition fees.


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Calidad y normativa


Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology issued from within the European Higher Education Area, with at least 90 ECTS credits in healthcare-related content. Prior professional experience is not required.


The main objective of the Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology is to train professionals in the acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out psychological interventions and evaluations, as well as for research into those aspects that influence the promotion and improvement of the general state of health.

Furthermore, you will receive training in the scientific and professional foundations of health psychology, and specifically in the basic skills of a general health psychologist.