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Health Psychology

Professional Doctorate

Tailored to your needs

You decide which competence to work towards

Above and beyond

Our research methods training goes beyond that required by the BPS

Showcase your work

Showcase to local organisations at our annual trainee conference

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Choose another study option
Duration:
2 Years
Start date:
14 September 2020
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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).

Please note the closing date for the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology is 30 June 2019.

Interviews will be held on 16 and 17 July 2019.

Please note that this course requires full time students to be on placement for a minimum of two years and to pay the fees detailed per year of study. Students need to allow for an additional period of time for writing up during which there is a writing up fee to be paid each year until completion.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Professional Doctorate Health Psychology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Professional Doctorate Health Psychology

Work placements

You’re expected to have a relevant health-related placement (paid or unpaid) before applying to the course. The placement will need to be formally approved prior to you joining us, and you’ll need to identify a workplace contact (who will be a suitably qualified healthcare professional) who will be available to support you. Placements differ across trainees, if you’re concerned whether your placement is suitable, then please contact the course leaders directly.

You’ll be assigned a University supervisor who will visit you and your contact at the beginning, middle and (usually) end of the placement.

Sometimes you may also need to spend time in other settings to attain all the experience and skills you need to complete the course.

Course content

The taught elements of the course involve a programme of interactive workshops which runs throughout the year, covering five competencies.

The taught elements of the course involve a programme of interactive workshops which runs throughout the year, covering five competencies.

Professional body accreditation

Postgraduate accreditation

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist.

The British Psychological Society logo

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Stage 2 training in Health Psychology.

We have been commended by the British Psychological Society for the positive and strong ethos of developing reflective practice of trainees, the exemplary support we provide which helps foster positive and professional relationships with trainees, and the well-developed and positive relationship with service users who are involved in the development of the programme and trainee’s skills.

Professional body accreditation

Postgraduate Accreditation

The British Psychological Society logo

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Stage 2 training in Health Psychology.

We have been commended by the British Psychological Society for the positive and strong ethos of developing reflective practice of trainees, the exemplary support we provide which helps foster positive and professional relationships with trainees, and the well-developed and positive relationship with service users who are involved in the development of the programme and trainee’s skills.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Advanced Research Methods In Health Psychology 180 credits
Consultancy Skills In Health Psychology 45 credits
Placement Learning N/A
Professional Competence In Health Psychology 45 credits
Psychological Interventions 45 credits
Teaching In Health Psychology 45 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Viva Examination N/A

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

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

If your first language is not English, you must have achieved Level 7 on all parts of IELTS.

If you’re shortlisted, you’ll be interviewed before being admitted on to the course. In this interview you’ll need to put forward a suitable idea for an empirical study which links in with current staff research interests and show that you have access to relevant research populations though your placement. You’ll also need to show how you can complete the competences within the placement.

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

If your first language is not English, you must have achieved Level 7 on all parts of IELTS.

If you’re shortlisted, you’ll be interviewed before being admitted on to the course. In this interview you’ll need to put forward a suitable idea for an empirical study which links in with current staff research interests and show that you have access to relevant research populations though your placement. You’ll also need to show how you can complete the competences within the placement.

Facilities

Careers

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.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology has been designed around placement learning, where students acquire professional skills through a health-related placement. This placement learning is supported by a series of workshops which are provided the Health Psychology team.

You'll be taught through small-group teaching using a variety of methods, chosen to allow you the opportunity to attain the learning outcomes for each module. These include interactive seminar sessions, team working, role plays, peer teaching and guest speakers who are registered Health Psychologists.

The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology has been designed around placement learning, where students acquire professional skills through a health-related placement. This placement learning is supported by a series of workshops which are provided the Health Psychology team.

You'll be taught through small-group teaching using a variety of methods, chosen to allow you the opportunity to attain the learning outcomes for each module. These include interactive seminar sessions, team working, role plays, peer teaching and guest speakers who are registered Health Psychologists.

Assessment

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.

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.

Learning support

Throughout the Professional Doctorate programme, you'll be supported by individual supervision from your Staffordshire University supervisor(s). Face-to-face meetings with your supervisor(s) will tend to be every two weeks in the first year, and then every four weeks in the second year, followed by a minimum of six face-to-face meetings per year in following years.

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

Formative methods of assessment will be used to provide feedback on progress and to assist in preparation for summative assessments (below). Module leaders will provide formative feedback on a plan for each piece of assessed work through e-mail, face-to-face meetings, and/or telephone conversations*. Supervisors will then provide you with formative feedback on final drafts, and the portfolio overall.

*Apart from the Advanced Research Methods module where the module leader will also comment on a full draft of your work.

Formative methods of assessment will be used to provide feedback on progress and to assist in preparation for summative assessments (below). Module leaders will provide formative feedback on a plan for each piece of assessed work through e-mail, face-to-face meetings, and/or telephone conversations*. Supervisors will then provide you with formative feedback on final drafts, and the portfolio overall.

*Apart from the Advanced Research Methods module where the module leader will also comment on a full draft of your work.

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
To be confirmed

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
To be confirmed

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

Our students

Dr Daniel Masterson
Senior Researcher at Staffordshire University and Healthy Urban Planning Officer at Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Undertaking the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology was one of the best decisions of my career. Not only did I gain a broad range of competencies and skills, I also gained confidence in my skills and abilities through practical application. The balance of taught sessions, independent learning, applied experience and well thought out assessments prepared me for the diverse nature of Health Psychology. 

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Szilvia Vas
Graduate, MSc & Professional Doctorate, Health Psychology

I really loved the interactive aspects of teaching; we received a great amount of support from the lecturers. The lecturers were always friendly, very well prepared and made the sessions enjoyable. I learned a lot about research methods during the MSc in Health Psychology, and because of that I felt confident to continue with the Doctorate in Health Psychology.

Thanks to these good foundations, my critical analytical thinking and problem-solving skills have further developed during the doctorate. I found that these things are super important for people who work in health-related jobs, as science and societies are changing constantly. Also, the other major ‘best part’ was being with like-minded students, I made some friends for life at Staffs.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
Professional Doctorate
Full-time
14 September 2020

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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