Research course

Health Psychology

The University of Manchester · School of Psychological Sciences

Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Psychology or a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Our PhD/MPhil Health Psychology programme enables you to undertake a research project that will contribute to knowledge and theory in Health Psychology.

The growing field of Health Psychology involves the study of psychological processes in all aspects of health, illness, and healthcare.

Research in the Health Psychology at Manchester includes understanding fundamental psychological mechanisms involved in health, including psychobiological mechanisms, developing and evaluating interventions that enable people to maintain good health and avoid illness, achieving better outcomes for people with health conditions, and improving the experience and outcomes for those undergoing diagnostic and health care processes.

Students enrolled for a PhD in Health Psychology will become members of the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology (MCHP), which is a vibrant and internationally leading grouping of researchers working in this field.

Members are sited across the University and health and social care settings in Greater Manchester, but come together for regular events and networking opportunities.

Students enrolled on the programme will also have opportunities to teach on various other courses, including BSc Psychology and our MSc courses in Clinical and Health Psychology.

Please note that this programme does not confer accreditation for Stage 1 or Stage 2 training to become Chartered Psychologists , nor form a basis for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Health Psychologists.

However, opportunities within the MCHP are available for supervision from registered Health Psychology Supervisors via the independent route for students holding appropriate qualifications.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, or for those who have not recently studied in the United Kingdom, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

We require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall or TOEFL iBT 100. For the writing component, we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 7.0 (IELTS) or 25 (iBT). For each of the other components of the English test you should meet the minimum requirement of at least IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT 18.

For more information about English language tests see English language requirements.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements, including English language, see entry requirements from your country .

Fees and funding

UK students
Standard £4,260, Low £8,500, Medium £15,000, High £20,000
International students
Standard £22,000, Low £23,500, Medium £29,500, High £34,500

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5608