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Health Psychology - Prof Doc

Why study this course?

The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, equivalent to a PhD, is aimed at applicants who have already completed Stage 1 training in Health Psychology and seek to become Chartered Psychologists.

It is recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Stage 2 requirements for Chartered Psychologist status and is subject to approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in providing the training to become a registered health psychologist. Completion of the course enables you to apply for registration with these bodies.

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The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology is a two-year, full-time (or part-time, three-year) course, delivered by a combination of half or full-day professional workshops, supervised practice, research and peer supervision. You’ll be required to demonstrate core competencies in the five main areas, as required by the BPS board of Examiners in Health Psychology. The core units include research, professional skills, consultancy, teaching and learning, and behaviour change interventions.

The doctorate features a strong practitioner focus with the requirement to take part in at least one work placement (equivalent to two years of full-time placement learning), allowing you to demonstrate your health psychology skills and develop key skills in communication to respond to different groups.

The course is run by Chartered Psychologists, who are also HCPC registered. You’ll acquire essential skills in developing health psychology.

At our last re-accreditation visit, the BPS commended us for “exuding passion and enthusiasm for our subject and showing evident concern for delivering the best possible trainee experience.”

Through this professional doctorate, you'll become a competent and professional practitioner in all relevant areas of health psychology.


Assessment for the thesis portfolio consists of extended case studies, reflective commentaries, log books and a teaching evaluation. You will also submit a review and complete a doctoral level piece of research (30,000 words) which is assessed through a written thesis and a viva.

Professional accreditation

The course is recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing the Stage 2 requirements for Chartered Psychologist status and is subject to approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a requirement for registration as a Registered Health Psychologist. Completion of the course enables you to apply for registration with these bodies.

You will be required to have:

  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • a good first degree in psychology
  • completed an accredited Health Psychology MSc (60% average or above) or completed the Stage 1 qualification for Health Psychology with the BPS
  • organised an appropriate work placement that is equivalent to 46 weeks full-time work for two years, which will be approved and supported by your lead supervisor (work placements should be organised by students themselves and demonstrate relevant learning and practice for the course)
  • a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Please note that this course is not eligible for Tier 4 student sponsorship.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

Year 2 modules include:

The course is structured around the five core competencies, including research, professional skills, consultancy, teaching, learning and behaviour change interventions. As part of the course, you are required to complete D-Level research training. The doctorate is completed via placement learning, group workshops, peer and one-to-one supervision.

“I am about to submit my thesis portfolio for the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at London Metropolitan University that I have completed within two years. Although the course has been challenging at times, I have really enjoyed it.

"The peer and individual supervision that is provided at London Metropolitan has been a great method of support throughout the course and doing the course in London has meant that I’ve had access to a whole host of opportunities that have contributed to my development as a Health Psychologist.

"I can honestly say I'd recommend London Metropolitan University as a place of study for the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology.”
Tilean Clarke

“I decided to do the Prof Doc at London Met because it is recognised by the BPS as providing the Stage 2 requirements for Chartered Psychologist status. This ensured me of the quality of the course and the widest range of training, development and employment opportunities for my future.

"The course provides me with quality supervision and equips me with skills in all of the stage 2 competencies. The course also provides CBT skills training and offers excellent consultancy links and teaching opportunities.”
Mina Abedian

Graduates usually progress to careers within the health service, charity, business or academic sector in a professional capacity as Chartered Psychologists.

All teaching takes place in small groups, including presentations, visiting expert talks, seminars and workshops. The workshops provide knowledge and training to support trainees on their work placement and in completion of the core competencies. Trainees are expected to attend all workshops and regular supervision.

Workshops take place every three to four weeks on a Friday. Individual supervision sessions are arranged at the convenience of trainees and supervisors.

When you begin the course, it is expected that you will arrange with your employer suitable time off for attendance at workshops and supervision. It is a requirement of entry to the course that you inform your employer of your intention to begin training so that they can support you in your efforts.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We're moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Please read our course information booklet, for more information on why you should study with us, an introduction to the course and what to expect when studying this course.

How to apply

Use the apply online button to begin your application.

As a prospective student and for guidance on your application, you should read the Health Psychology course information booklet for applicants.

Please note that this course is not eligible for Tier 4 student sponsorship.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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