Taught course

Health Psychology - Prof Doc

Institution
London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences
Qualifications
DProf by taught

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • a good first degree in psychology
  • completed an accredited Health Psychology MSc (60% average or above) or completed the Stage 1 qualification for Health Psychology with the BPS
  • organised an appropriate work placement that is equivalent to 46 weeks full-time work for two years, which will be approved and supported by your lead supervisor (work placements should be organised by students themselves and demonstrate relevant learning and practice for the course)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Please note that this course is not eligible for Tier 4 student sponsorship.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why study this course?

The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, equivalent to a PhD, is aimed at applicants who have already completed Stage 1 training in Health Psychology and seek to become Chartered Psychologists. It is recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Stage 2 requirements for Chartered Psychologist status and has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in providing the training to become a registered health psychologist. Completion of the course enables you to apply for registration with these bodies.

More about this course

The course is run by Chartered Psychologists who are also HCPC registered. At our last re-accreditation visit, the BPS commended us for “exuding passion and enthusiasm for our subject and showing evident concern for delivering the best possible trainee experience.” You’ll acquire essential skills in developing, implementing, evaluating and reporting interventions of health psychology.

At London Metropolitan University we have significant experience of Health Psychology as a discipline having run an MSc in Health Psychology for over 15 years. Our MSc programme was the first in the country to have placements as a core element of the course so we have extensive experience of developing student skills for clinical practice as trainee health psychologists.

The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology is a two year full-time (three year part-time) course delivered by a combination of half- or full-day professional workshops, supervised practice, and research and peer supervision. You’ll be required to demonstrate core competencies in the five main areas as required by the BPS board of Examiners in Health Psychology. The core units include research, professional skills, consultancy, teaching and learning, and behaviour change interventions.

The doctorate features a strong practitioner focus with the requirement to take part in at least one work placement (equivalent to two years of full-time placement learning), allowing you to demonstrate your health psychology skills and develop key skills in communication to respond to different groups.

You’ll advance your knowledge in conducting a systematic review, designing a valid piece of research, implementing a research proposal, and evaluating the findings of research in a systematic and informative way.

Through this professional doctorate, you'll become a competent, informed and professional practitioner in all relevant areas of health psychology.

Assessment

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.

Professional accreditation

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.

Modular structure

Core modules include:

  • Thesis (core, 360 credits)
  • Thesis (core, 360 credits)

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

After the course

Graduates usually progress to careers within the health service, charity, business or academic sector in a professional capacity as Chartered Psychologists.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Please note that this course is not eligible for Tier 4 student sponsorship.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7650
International students
£11400

Qualification and course duration

DProf by taught

full time
24 months
part time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7133 4200