Health Psychology  DPsych


City University London’s Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology is the final stage in becoming a Health Psychologist.

The programme aims to provide professional and academic training that will enable trainees to work as a Chartered Health Psychologist in a broad range of settings, including the NHS, charities, industry, government, private practice and academic and research settings, among others. The course provides students with doctoral level skills in health psychology, whilst developing the individual competencies and experience of students within a professional context.

The aim of the course is for students to be able to practise competently and confidently in health psychology and produce an original piece of empirical research that contributes to the body knowledge in health psychology.

City University’s Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, hosted by the Centre for Health Services Research and Management, is delivered by leading experts in health psychology including Professors Stanton Newman, Jill Francis and Susan Ayers, each of whom manage a team of health psychology research staff who contribute to the design and delivery of the programme and assist in supervising research projects.

The programme is currently accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and has been since 2003 and is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We will be renewing our accreditation in 2016 as part of standard BPS requirements.

  • School of Health Sciences
  • Start Date:

    Admissions take place in late September each year. The application deadline for the September 2016 entry is 1st July 2016.

    Entry Requirements

    • BSc Psychology, (minimum 2:1), giving Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
    • MSc in Health Psychology accredited by the BPS (minimum 60 or higher on dissertation component)
    • English language: Students whose first language is not English need a minimum of IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in each subtest)
    • 12 months’ professional experience in research or a health psychology related area is desirable
    • An arrangement to practice as a Health Psychology Trainee, this can be either paid or voluntary
    • A workplace contact who is ideally a Chartered Psychologist
    • A police check (Disclosure and Barring Service (DBR) check previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check).

    English Language Requirements

    If English is not your first language, you need to provide evidence of English proficiency.

    We only accept the following English language qualifications:

    • A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA.
    • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA.
    • GCE O-level/GCSE - grade C or above
    • CSE - grade C or above
    • SEB - grade C or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Pass
    • IELTS – Overall score of 7 or above and at least 6.5 in each subtest

    Please note that due to changes in the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) list of Secure English Language Tests (SELT) we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), as of April 2014.

    Visa Requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

    The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

    • Students on courses of more than 6 months
    • Students on courses of less than 6 months
    • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

    Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

    For more information see our main Visa page.

    Start Dates / Duration of Studies

    Start Date

    Admissions take place in late September each year. The application deadline for the September 2016 entry is 1st July 2016.

    Duration of Studies

    The minimum period of registration is two years for full-time students and four years for part-time students. The maximum period of registration is four years for full-time students and seven years for part-time students.


    City University’s Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology will develop trainees’ practical skills and ability to integrate theory into practice. The training aims to develop candidates into independent and self-critical learners. The trainee will learn to become capable of supporting the learning of others, leading and working effectively in groups, using a wide range of learning resources, undertaking innovative research tasks, communicating complex or contentious information clearly and effectively to specialists and non-specialists and acting as an effective consultant.

    At the end of the training, the trainee will be able to work independently and ethically in all of the registered health psychologist core competencies and continue with their own professional development.

    Health Psychology Practice

    A key component of the training programme is a period of two years full-time supervised practice in health psychology, working with a minimum of two client groups such as patients/clients, healthcare professionals, healthcare managers, health policy makers, adults or children. It is the trainee's responsibility to make suitable arrangements to work as a Trainee Health Psychologist for 2 years full-time (5 day working week for 46 weeks a year). This includes time dedicated to continuous professional development and study days. The health psychology practice may be in paid employment, voluntary work or a placement in which the trainee negotiates with an organisation to practice their skills.

    Research Areas

    Trainees are required to demonstrate evidence of competency in five units: Generic Professional Skills; Research; Consultancy; Teaching and Training, Delivering Behaviour Change Interventions. Trainees are expected to read the BPS Qualification in Health Psychology (Stage 2) Candidate Handbook before starting the training. The programme places an emphasis on the quality of competence in the units, to ensure that trainees are ready to work to a high professional standard in a competitive health-related job market.


    • Full-time EU: £6,500 per year
    • Part-time EU: £3,700 per year
    • Full-time Non EU: £14,000
    • Part-time Non EU: £7,000

    Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and covers registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.

    Please note that the fees for year 3 and onwards are:

    • Full time Home/EU: £5,500 per year
    • Part-time Home/EU: £3,200 per year

    How to Apply

    We accept applications on an ongoing basis for entry in September. The application deadline for the September 2016 entry is 1 July 2016.

    To apply, you should submit the following documents:

    • A covering letter mentioning that you are applying for the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology. Please describe in the covering letter where you intend to carry out your 2 years of supervised practice. When we review your application we would like to know why you would like to become a Chartered Health Psychologist, why you want to study at City University London, how your academic and professional experiences meet the requirements of the course and how you would like to use the qualification in your future career.
    • Two references (one must be an academic reference)
    • A certified copy or transcript of your Bachelor’s degree and Masters results
    • A separate 3 - 4 page research proposal including an introduction, methodology and proposed methods of analysis.

    For information please contact:

    Tracy Rowson – Email; Tel. 0207 040 5972

    Apply online


    We recognise that each trainee has different needs at different times of the programme. Supervision is needs-led and can be arranged both in and out of office hours.

    Training Provision

    Teaching is via group workshops, placement learning and one-to-one supervision. The training programme includes both core and optional workshops.

    Research Environment

    The School of Health Sciences employs one the largest number of Chartered Health Psychologists, health psychology researchers and health psychology PhD students in the UK, many of which are involved in the teaching, assessment and supervision of students on the programme.

    Academic and Research Staff:

    PhD students:

    • Brittannia Abdul-Aziz
    • Aliya Amirova
    • Marie-Rose Dwek (staff candidate)
    • Stephen McIntyre (staff candidate)
    • Mandy Sekhon
    • Manavi Tygai
    • Paul Williams