Taught course

Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

Good honours degree in Psychology and GBC. BPS Accredited MSc in Health Psychology (or BPS Stage I Qualification), normally at merit level or higher. Applicants must have suitable pre-determined placement (paid or voluntary). International applicants: Equivalent qualifications plus IELTS minimum score of 7.0 (no element below 6.5). Further information To discuss this professional doctorate programme in more detail, please contact Dr Mark Forshaw: t: 0151 904 6299 e: M.J.Forshaw@ljmu.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University is designed to meet the requirements for BPS Stage Two training in health psychology and designed to lead to eligibility for registration with the HCPC. The course provides you with quality supervision and is underpinned by high-grade research activity amongst the staff.

  • This professional doctorate is available to study full time (2 years) and part time (4 years)
  • Designed to meet the requirements for British Psychological Society Stage 2 training in Health Psychology
  • It is also designed to meet the Standards of Education and Training of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Taught in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building
  • Career opportunities in teaching, research, health education, health promotion, health administration and health audit

Health psychology is an exciting new discipline with growing opportunities for qualified professionals.

In order to become a Health Psychologist, you must have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership from the British Psychological Society and fulfil a number of requirements.

  • Stage 1 training involves the satisfactory completion of an accredited Masters programme (we also offer this Masters at LJMU)
  • Stage 2 training includes two or more years spent acquiring a range of supervised skills connected with professional skills, interventions, consultancy, research, and teaching and training (as facilitated through this course)

The DHealthPsych programme is underpinned by a strong focus on equipping the future health psychologist for a range of professional scenarios.

The programme runs fortnightly on Thursdays in year one and can be studied full time or part time. Full time students must be enrolled for a minimum of two years in order to meet statutory training requirements, and for part-time students this is adjusted pro rata.

In keeping with the nationally agreed curriculum competences for health psychologists, you will be developing your skills in teaching and training, behaviour change interventions, research, consultancy and demonstrating that you have the generic professional skills needed to qualify as a health psychologist. This is achieved through your own job role, taught sessions on the programme, and extensive supervision.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please contact the Faculty of Science for up to date information regarding fees. The Faculty can be contacted by email at or telephone 0151 231 2888

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090