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Health Psychology Professional Doctorate

Health Psychology Professional Doctorate

Key information

Qualification type

Professional Doctorate

Subject areas

Psychology Specialisations Clinical Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

Our Professional Doctorate offers a unique opportunity to experience and develop your professional skills in Health Psychology, under the guidance of highly qualified and committed staff.

Health psychology is the study of psychological processes and their application to health, illness and healthcare. Through this course, you’ll develop competence in professional skills, as well as research, psychological interventions, teaching, and consultancy.

The qualification will provide a guarantee for employers that you’re competent in core aspects of health psychology and professional practice.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. When you’re awarded the degree you’ll gain Stage 2 accreditation towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and be eligible to apply to register as a Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Staffordshire University has a thriving Health Psychology research culture, focused in the Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research, with an excellent national and international reputation.

The Health Psychology Programmes at Staffordshire University have nine commendations from the BPS (2018).


This course is built around you gaining practical experience as you work towards your competencies.

You’ll be working in a health psychology-related field through the placement you organise prior to commencing your Stage 2 studies. As such, you gain valuable experience in all elements of health psychology work, and you evidence this experience in a portfolio.

In addition, we involve the Careers Service in our programme (you can arrange with them to have further input on CV development and interview skills).

You’ll also have opportunities to see other health psychologists present their work (including our own graduates), either as guest lecturers or as part of the speaker programme organised by the school.

If you choose to take advantage of the extra events that we organise (such as journal club and psychology in the pub), you’ll have the opportunity to hone your critical skills and expand your network.

Finally, we host a conference in July each year, which students organise at which you’re expected to present your work. We also invite workplace supervisors to attend, along with ex-students (many of whom are themselves employers) some of whom also give talks. Speaking at the conference is an opportunity to showcase your work and to advertise your skills.

All of these opportunities, combined with the placement-based learning enhance your employability.

Once you’ve completed the course you can apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to become an accredited practitioner, and for full membership, including Chartered Status, of the British Psychological Society.

See the BPS website for more information about careers.


We require trainees to submit a minimum of one unit of assessment per year. What you choose to submit will depend on which of the competences you are working towards – remember, the professional doctorate is designed to allow you to take advantage of opportunities as and when they arise.

Different course options

Full time | Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) | 2 years | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Advanced Research Methods - Core
Viva Examination - Core
Professional Competence - Core
Placement Learning - Core
Consultancy Skills - Core
Teaching - Core
Psychological Interventions - Core
Consultancy Skills - Core
Viva Examination - Core
Teaching - Core
Psychological Interventions - Core
Professional Competence - Core
Placement Learning - Core
Advanced Research Methods - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You’ll need: • An honours degree recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as offering Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership • To have completed BPS Stage 1 training in Health Psychology. That is either a BPS-accredited MSc in Health Psychology with a grade of merit (or 60% average) or above, or the BPS Stage 1 qualification in Health Psychology with a grade of 60% or more • To have an approved placement • A DBS check.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University offers many different postgraduate courses across a wide range of different subject areas and study options. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education located in Stafford and Shrewsbury. Students can study Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters, PGCE or PhDs at the University, and these...more

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