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How long you will study
4 - 7 years
Domestic course fees
GBP 3700 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 7000 per year
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 2003 and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), this Doctorate helps you take your final stage in becoming a Health Psychologist.
Who is it for?
This Professional Doctorate is for Psychology students who are looking to embark on the final stage in becoming a Health Psychologist. You will develop the competencies, skills and experience you need to work as a Chartered Health Psychologist in a broad range of settings.
The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology will enable you to:
The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology is a three-year, full-time programme of study. The programme is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK, and is also accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Requirements and how to apply
To apply for this course, you will be required to have the following:
If English is not your first language, you need to provide evidence of English proficiency. We only accept the following English language qualifications:
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.
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How to apply
The application process for 2018 entry is not currently open.
When applications open, you can apply online and will be expected to submit the following:
Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.
The Health Psychology team will review the application against entry requirements and if all requirements are met, applicants will be asked to attend an interview (usually within three weeks after the application deadline). In the interview, applicants will be asked questions about their plans to meet the course's competencies and around their research proposal. Shortly after the interview (within two working days), applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application and, if relevant, reasons for decline.
If you wish to apply for a MPhil/PhD in Health Psychology please see our dedicated page.
For more information please contact:
Email: Tracy Rowson
Tel. 0207 040 5972
Teaching and learning
Teaching is via group workshops, placement learning and one-to-one supervision. The training programme includes both core and optional workshops.
You will organise your own placements in which to complete your supervised practice. Find out more about placements.
We recognise that each trainee has different needs at different times of the programme. Supervision is needs-led and can be arranged both in and out of office hours.
Supervised practice is supported by 14 core all-day workshops, seven of which are compulsory. You must attend 80% of the core workshops (at least 6 workshops). The core workshops will cover areas directly connected to the training, such as:
You will be required to demonstrate evidence of competency in five units:
You are expected to read the BPS Qualification in Health Psychology (Stage 2) Candidate Handbook before starting the training. The programme places an emphasis on the quality of competence in the units, to ensure that you are ready to work to a high professional standard in a competitive health-related job market.
City's Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, hosted by the Centre for Health Services Research and Management, is delivered by leading experts in health psychology including Professors Stanton Newman, Jill Francis and Susan Ayers. Each of whom manage a team of health psychology research staff who contribute to the design and delivery of the programme and assist in supervising research pr
You will be part of an active academic/research community with a wide range of interests. The School of Health Sciences employs one of the largest number of Chartered Health Psychologists, health psychology researchers and Health Psychology PhD students in the UK, many of whom are involved in the teaching and supervision of students on the programme.
Our academic and research staff include:
You will be encouraged to attend lectures and seminars which will support your acquisition of knowledge in the area of health psychology.
To qualify for the DPsych Health Psychology, you will be required to present your portfolio of practice for examination and questioning. You will be awarded an overall pass on successful completion of all your competencies.
To obtain Generic Professional Competence, you will submit:
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Notes about fees for this course
Full-time: £6,500 per year
Part-time: £3,700 per year
Full-time: £14,000 per year
Part-time: £7,000 per year
More about fees
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.
Please note that the fees for year 3 and onwards are:
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Programme Director Dr. Angeliki Bogosian introduces City's Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology (DPsych) programme.
Health Psychology Practice & Work Placements
A key component of the training programme is a period of two-years, full-time, supervised practice in health psychology. During your supervised practice, you will work with a minimum of two client groups such as:
You will be responsible for making suitable arrangements to work as a Trainee Health Psychologist for two years, full time (37.5 hours a week, for 46 weeks a year).
You will be required to gain two years of experience working with at least two client groups or in at least two settings. This includes time dedicated to continuous professional development and study days. Your health psychology practise may be in paid employment, voluntary work or a placement in which you negotiate with an organisation to practise your skills.
When the programme starts, the Workplace Supervisor will be asked to complete a Placement Contract to help set out what each party expects of the other in relation to the placement experience and to agree on supervision arrangements planned during the training. Workplace supervisors need not be health psychologists, but their conduct must be regulated by a code of conduct enforced by a recognised professional body of which they are a member in good standing.
We offer an induction for all workplace supervisors at the beginning of the academic year to welcome them to the supervisory team and answer any questions they may have about the professional training.
The Placements Coordinator will also visit your workplace at the beginning of the academic year and will be the point of contact for any changes to the role or work placement during the training. Follow-up visits will also be arranged with the Placements Coordinator to review the supervised practice arrangement during your training.
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