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Health Psychology PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Psychology Specialisations

Course type


Course Summary

The PhD in Health Psychology includes everything in our PhD Psychology programme. This fulfils the research competency of your health psychology training. In addition to this, you’ll also need to produce a portfolio of work illustrating the remaining core competencies for the Stage 2 training in health psychology which relate to consultancy, ethics, behaviour change, a systematic review, and teaching and training. You’ll be assigned two PhD supervisors, who you’ll meet with at least once a month, and will also be supervised by our Stage 2 Health Psychology course convenor. Your supervisors will guide you through your PhD. They’ll help you discuss your research ideas, develop a research plan, consider your theory and methods and discuss how to analyse your work. Your supervisors will also be able to read and comment on drafts of your work. In your first year, you’ll complete four compulsory training courses covering quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods, professional academic skills, and teaching and training. The teaching and training course is specifically run for PhD students, and is a good opportunity to get to know your new PhD community. We also run a postgraduate research conference every year, where you’ll be able to present your work and learn about the work of your fellow students. As a Health Psychology student, you’ll also attend taught seminars run by the course convenor on the different competencies and will have deadlines for written work to complete. You’ll also attend a work placement to develop your consultancy skills. Your first year will be spent familiarising yourself with the relevant literature, develop a research plan, develop your methodological and analytic skills and complete your first study. You’ll then need to pass a confirmation review between 12 and 15 months into your programme to assess your progress.

Different course options

Full time | University of Surrey | 48 months | JAN

Study mode

Full time


48 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold an upper second-class honours degree (65 per cent or above) in psychology (or a related discipline). Applicants must also: be a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) or hold the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) and hold the BPS Stage 1 Qualification in Health Psychology (e.g. MSc Health Psychology).

University information

The University of Surrey is proud of the cultural diversity of its international community. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from more than 120 countries across the globe, come to Surrey each year. As a research-led university, Surrey's outstanding contributions benefit society as a whole and address major global challenges. The research-intensive learning environment makes it the perfect choice if you want to study somewhere where you can...more

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