Taught course

Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

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).

Please note that due to PSRB national standards these entry requirements are non-negotiable for all applicants.

Further information

To help you to maximise your application success, and due to the nature of the programme, discussions with us prior to application are strongly advised. 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

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence. For this degree you will require an IELTS minimum score of 7.0, with no element below 6.5.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

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.

  • The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University meets the requirements for BPS Stage Two training in health psychology and leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • The course provides you with quality training and supervision and is underpinned by high-grade research and practice activity amongst the academic staff
  • Staff enthusiasm, expertise and skills, blended with constructive, supportive learning opportunities, enable you to make the most of your development path to becoming a qualified practitioner
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited and HCPC approved
  • This professional doctorate is available to study full time (2 years) and part time (4 years)
  • Wide career opportunities in the health industry, healthcare provision, teaching and research

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.

The programme is British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved and has been designed to meet the requirements for BPS Stage 2 training in Health Psychology and eligibility for registration as a Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090