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.
About this course
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 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.
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.
After the course
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.
Why London Met?
At London Metropolitan University
, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.
The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.
Support from London Met
If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/
Applicants are required to hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a good degree in psychology and have completed an accredited MSc Health Psychology (60% average or above) or completed the Stage 1 qualification for Health Psychology with the BPS.If English is not your first language, you will require an IELTS 6.5 minimum with a minimum score of 6 in all components, TOEFL (old examination) 630, TOEFL (new examination) 267 or equivalent. All successful applicants are interviewed.
Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.