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Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology

Staffordshire University · Health and Social Care
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Entry requirements

In order to be admitted on to the programme, you must: hold an honours degree recognised by the British Psychological Society as offering Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC); have completed British Psychological Society Stage One training in Health Psychology. That is either a BPS accredited MSc in Health Psychology with a grade of merit (or 60% average) or above, or the BPS Stage 1 qualification in health psychology with a grade of 60% or more; have organised appropriate opportunities for placement learning. The deadline for applications is usually the end of June each year (for the Sept start). Please contact the Faculty of Sciences Recruitment Centre for more information. Places are limited due to supervisor availability. All students will be interviewed before being admitted on to the programme. You must convince staff at interview that you have a suitable idea for the empirical study which links in with current staff research interests, and that you have access to relevant research populations for placement learning. You will be required to have a CRB check.

Months of entry


Course content

Health psychology can be defined as the study of psychological processes and their application to health, illness and health care. The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology programme provides supervision to enable students to develop skills in research, teaching, professional skills and consultancy. The programme runs for a minimum of two years for full-time students, and a minimum of four years for part-time students. The award follows closely the framework for Stage 2 professional training in health psychology, which is set by the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society.

Graduates from this award gain Stage 2 accreditation towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and eligibility to apply to register as a Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The programme has been designed to equip students with D-level skills in research, teaching, consultancy, professional practice and behaviour change interventions. All students who started Stage 1 training in health psychology after September 1st 2001 and who wish to become Chartered Psychologists are required to pass the Stage 2 qualification. In addition, since July 1st 2009 students have been required to pass the Stage 2 qualification in order to be eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration as a Health Psychologist. The qualification provides a guarantee for employers and clients of competence in core aspects of health psychology and professional practice, including research, consultancy, and teaching skills.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have achieved Level 7 on IELTS.

Qualification and course duration

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full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44(0) 1782 294 400