Successful applicants are normally required to have: A Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). A good degree in psychology Completed an accredited MSc Health Psychology (60% average or above) or completed the Stage 1 qualification for Health Psychology with the BPS. For entry on to the course you must also have organised an appropriate work placement: A work placement that is equivalent to 46 weeks full-time work for two years that will be approved and supported by your lead supervisor. Work placements should be organised by students themselves and be suitable to demonstrate relevant learning and practice for the course. Please note that this course is not eligible for Tier 4 student sponsorship.
Months of entry
Our Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology has been recognised by the BPS (British Psychological Society) as providing the Stage 2 requirements for Chartered Psychologist status and has been approved by the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) as a requirement for registration as a Registered Health Psychologist. Completion of the course enables you to apply for registration with these bodies.
On completion of the course, you will become a competent practitioner in all relevant areas of health psychology.
The course is structured around the five core competencies and therefore includes research, professional skills, consultancy, teaching and learning and behaviour change interventions. As part of the course, you are required to complete D-Level research training. The doctorate is completed via placement learning, group workshops, peer and one-to-one supervision.
Attendance and commitment of your time
All teaching takes place in small groups, including presentations, visiting expert talks, seminars and workshops. The workshops provide knowledge and training to support trainees on their work placement and in completion of the core competencies. Trainees are expected to attend all workshops and to regular supervision.
Workshops take place every three to four weeks on a Friday. Individual supervision sessions are arranged at the convenience of trainees and supervisors.
When you begin the course, it is expected that you will arrange with your employer suitable time off for attendance at workshops and supervision. It is a requirement of entry to the course that you inform your employer of your intention to begin training so that they can support you in your efforts.
Assessment for the thesis portfolio consists of extended case studies, reflective commentaries, log books and a teaching evaluation. You also submit a systematic review and complete a doctoral level piece of research (30,000 words) which is assessed through a written thesis and a viva.
Graduates usually progress to careers within the health service, charity, business or academic sector in a professional capacity as Chartered Psychologists.
The course is recognised by the BPS (British Psychological Society) as providing the Stage 2 requirements for Chartered Psychologist status, and has been approved by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) as a requirement for registration as a Registered Health Psychologist. Completion of the course enables you to apply for registration with these bodies.
Information for international students
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Qualification and course duration
DProf by taught
Course contact details
- Dr Joanne Lusher
- 020 7133 4202