Health Psychology  DPsych

Overview

City, University of 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’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 2017 entry is 3rd July 2017.

    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 City 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 six months
    • Students on courses of less than six months
    • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

    If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City 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 2017 entry is 3rd July 2017.

    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.

    Aims

    City’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.

    Course Objectives

    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.

    Workshops

    Supervised practice is supported by 14 core all-day workshops, seven of which are compulsory. Students must attend 80% of the core workshops (at least 6 workshops). The core workshops will cover areas directly connected to the training, such as setting up consultancies, teaching and training, conducting a systematic review, as well as areas in general professional development, such as writing grants, project management, supervising others. Further optional workshops are provided in line with staff expertise.

    Research Areas

    Trainees are required to demonstrate evidence of competency in five units: Generic Professional Skills; Research; Consultancy; Teaching and Training, Delivering Psychological Intervention. 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.

    Assessment

    To obtain Generic Professional Competence, trainees will have to submit:

    • A 1,000-word report summarising the involvement of service users and/or carers in your training.
    • A reflective report (3,000 words) detailing how supervised practice has enabled you to fulfil the generic professional competence.
    • A case study (3,000 words excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendices.
    • Two teaching and training case studies (1 x 1,000 & 1 x 2,000 words, excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendices. One of the populations must be healthcare professionals and an observer’s report (500 words).
    • A contract and working agreement conditions document (3,000 words, excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendices.
    • Log of experiences that enabled you to gain competence in each component of all core units over the equivalent of two years’ full-time supervised practice (this should include a record of your attendance at core CPD workshops).
    • A research thesis (approximately 15,000 words, excluding appendices) to be written to a standard acceptable for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.
    • A systematic review (6,000 words excluding appendices) to be written to a standard acceptable for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals - on a topic relevant to your main thesis.
    • A case study describing the process of conducting a psychological intervention that has been implemented through face-to-face work with an individual client (3,000 words, excluding appendices) with supporting evidence in appendice.
    • A case study (2,000 words, excluding appendices) describing the process of conducting a psychological intervention that has been delivered through a medium other than face-to-face with an individual client with a reflective report on delivering this intervention included in the appendices.

    Fees

    • 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

    In order to apply, students will need to:

    • We accept applications on an ongoing basis for entry in September. The application deadline for the September 2017 entry is 3 July 2017.
    • The application will be reviewed by the course officer and additional documentation might be requested.
    • The health psychology team will review the application against entry requirements and if all requirements are met, applicants will be asked to attend an interview (usually within 3 weeks after the application deadline).
    • In the interview, applicants will be asked questions about their plans to meet the course’s competencies and around their research proposal.
    • Shortly after the interview (within 2 working days), applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application and, if relevant, reasons for decline.

    To apply for a DPsych in Health Psychology, full-time or part-time, please use the application links below.

    If you wish to apply for a MPhil/PhD in Health Psychology please see our dedicated page.

    For more information please contact:

    Email: Tracy Rowson
    Tel. 0207 040 5972

    Supervision

    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.

    Students are expected to organise their own placements in which to complete their supervised practice. Students are required to gain two years of experience working with at least two client groups or in at least two settings.  We expect to have contact with student’s work place Supervisor to review the suitability of the setting and to help the student identify any areas where they will need additional support from the University in order to complete the course.

    Research Environment

    Students will be part of an active academic/research community with a wide range of interests. The School of Health Sciences employs one of the largest number of Chartered Health Psychologists, health psychology researchers and health psychology PhD students in the UK, many of whom are involved in the teaching 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

    Students will be encouraged to attend lectures and seminars which will support your acquisition of knowledge in the area of health psychology.

    To qualify for the DPsych Health Psychology, students will be required to present their portfolio of practice for examination and questioning. They will be awarded an overall pass on successful completion of all their competencies.