Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology (MSc, DPsych)

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The award
MSc, DPsych

How long you will study
4 - 7 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 3700 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 7000 per year

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About Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at City, University of London

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:

  • Develop your practical skills and ability to integrate theory into practice.
  • Become an independent and self-critical learner.
  • Understand how to support the learning of others.
  • Work effectively in groups, using a wide range of learning resources.
  • Produce an original piece of empirical research that contributes to the body knowledge in health psychology.
  • Communicate complex or contentious information clearly and effectively to specialists and non-specialists.
  • Act as an effective consultant.
  • Learn to work independently and ethically in all of the registered health psychologist core competencies and continue with your own professional development.
  • Prepare to practise competently and confidently in health psychology.


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

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will be required to have the following:

  • BSc Psychology (minimum 2:1)
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • MSc in Health Psychology accredited by the BPS (minimum 60 or higher on dissertation component)
  • English language: Students whose first language is not English need a minimum of IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in each subtest
  • 12 months' professional experience in research or a health psychology related area is desirable
  • An arrangement to practice as a Health Psychology Trainee, this can be either paid or voluntary
  • A workplace contact, who is ideally a Chartered Psychologist
  • A police Disclosure and Barring Service (DBR) check previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

English requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to provide evidence of English proficiency. We only accept the following English language qualifications:

    • A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA.
    • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA.
    • GCE O-level/GCSE - grade C or above.
    • CSE - grade C or above.
    • SEB - grade C or above.
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Pass.
    • IELTS - Overall score of 7 or above and at least 6.5 in each subtest.
    • Please note that due to changes in the UK Visas and Immigration's (UKVI) list of  

Secure English Language Tests (SELT

    )  we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

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:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

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:

  • One application form
  • A short personal statement (c800-1200 words) outlining why you are applying for this programme
  • A copy of your degree transcript: We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your institution. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to send us your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.

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:

  • Setting up consultancies
  • Teaching and training
  • Conducting a systematic review
  • General professional development, such as writing grants, project management and supervising others
  • Further optional workshops are provided in line with staff expertise.


You will be required to demonstrate evidence of competency in five units:

  • Generic Professional Skills
  • Research
  • Consultancy
  • Teaching and Training
  • Delivering Psychological Intervention.

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:

PhD students:

    • Brittannia Abdul-Aziz
    • Aliya Amirova
    • Marie-Rose Dwek (staff candidate)
    • Stephen McIntyre (staff candidate)
    • Mandy Sekhon
    • Manavi Tygai
    • Paul Williams

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:

  • A 1,000-word report summarising the involvement of service users and/or carers in your training.
  • A reflective report (3,000 words) detailing how supervised practice has enabled you to fulfil the generic professional competence.
  • A case study (3,000 words excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendices.
  • Two teaching and training case studies (1 x 1,000 and 1 x 2,000 words, excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendices. One of the populations must be healthcare professionals and an observer's report (500 words).
  • A contract and working agreement conditions document (3,000 words, excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendices.
  • Log of experiences that enabled you to gain competence in each component of all core units over the equivalent of two years' full-time supervised practice (this should include a record of your attendance at core CPD workshops).
  • A research thesis (approximately 15,000 words, excluding appendices) to be written to a standard acceptable for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • A systematic review (6,000 words excluding appendices) to be written to a standard acceptable for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals - on a topic relevant to your main thesis.
  • A case study describing the process of conducting a psychological intervention that has been implemented through face-to-face work with an individual client (3,000 words, excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendices.
  • A case study (2,000 words, excluding appendices) describing the process of conducting a psychological intervention that has been delivered through a medium other than face-to-face with an individual client, with a reflective report on delivering this intervention included in the appendices.


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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMSc, DPsychHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study4 - 7 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3700 per yearInternational course feesGBP 7000 per year
  • The awardMSc, DPsychHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 - 4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 6500 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14000 per year

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).


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

  • Full-time EU: £6,500 per year
  • Part-time EU: £3,700 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000

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:

  • Full time Home/EU: £5,500 per year
  • Part-time Home/EU: £3,200 per year

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Programme Director

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:

  • Patients/clients.
  • Healthcare professionals.
  • Healthcare managers.
  • Health policy makers.
  • Adults or children.

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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