Taught course

Occupational Psychology Professional Doctorate

University of East London · School of Psychology
DOccPsych by taught

Entry requirements

The programme is open to those students who hold a postgraduate (MSc) qualification in Occupational Psychology or who have completed the new Qualification in Occupational Psychology (QOccPsych Stage 1 Examinations). Students who enter with advance standing must have experienced working as an Occupational Psychologist and have obtained or be near to obtaining full membership of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP). Applicants will provide: A research proposal. Access to practice as an Occupational Psychologist - for advanced level standing the research should be part of the persons daily work as a practitioner.

Months of entry


Course content

Our professional doctorate is an applied research degree, based on a similar model to that of the PhD. It is based on a 'workplace challenge' framework in which the challenges embedded within your professional practice and day-to-day work form an essential component of the learning, development and research process. As well as allowing you to use current work as a substrate for a research-based doctoral qualification, the programme also fulfils the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the British Psychological Society.

Professional doctorate programmes can be either taught or research in their emphasis (that is, when measured by student effort). Both have equal status and share the same learning outcomes. You should check with the relevant school to find out where the emphasis is for this particular programme.

The programme is offered on a full-time basis and on a part-time basis. The programme comprises university based learning and teaching, self directed learning and research in an organisational setting. Stage 1 of the acquisition of the QOccPsych (which is not part of this programme) is the pre-requisite to entry. Students who have met the entry requirements will be entered onto stage 2 of the programme.

Stage 2 - Students who are not already employed in an occupational setting will be required to seek an appointment as a practitioner-in-trainer. During this stage students will undertake research methodology training, personal learning and a piece of research under the guidance of their university supervisor
Stage 3 - Students will attend monthly seminars that will focus on completing their research dissertations and continued CPD

Students will be solely responsible for seeking employment at Stage 2. Whilst the university will assist applicants it cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for the success or otherwise of the application.

Information for international students

Where English is not the applicant's first language, a minimum IELTS Academic English, or such qualifications as our University deems comparable, score of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, is required at entry.

Qualification and course duration

DOccPsych by taught

part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978