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Health Psychology - Prof Doc

Why study this course?

The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology is aimed at applicants who have already completed Stage 1 training in Health Psychology and who are seeking to become Chartered Psychologists.

The course offers research training of an equivalent standard to a PhD as well as training in the other core competencies in health psychology.

It enables you to develop skills in consultancy, teaching and learning and generic professional skills in health psychology. You also have the opportunity to acquire skills in developing, implementing, evaluating and reporting on interventions.

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Our Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology has been recognised by the BPS (British Psychological Society) as providing the Stage 2 requirements for Chartered Psychologist status and has been approved by the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) as a requirement for registration as a Registered Health Psychologist. Completion of the course enables you to apply for registration with these bodies.

On completion of the course, you will become a competent practitioner in all relevant areas of health psychology.

Assessment

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

Successful applicants are normally required to have:

  • A Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • A good degree in psychology
  • Completed an accredited MSc Health Psychology (60% average or above) or completed the Stage 1 qualification for Health Psychology with the BPS.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

For entry on to the course you must also have organised an appropriate work placement: A work placement that is equivalent to 46 weeks full-time work for two years that will be approved and supported by your lead supervisor.

Work placements should be organised by students themselves and be suitable to demonstrate relevant learning and practice for the course.

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

The course is structured around the five core competencies and therefore includes research, professional skills, consultancy, teaching and 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.

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

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

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 to 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.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location 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 2017. 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.

How to apply

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

To apply please email your application form and referee form to research@londonmet.ac.uk. Please read the application guidance notes for help with your application.

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

You can contact Course Leader Dr Joanne Lusher if you have further questions about this course: j.lusher@londonmet.ac.uk

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.

Key information

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