DHealthPsych Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology

Start date(s)

January 2021

Study mode

Full-time: 2 or 3 years

Part-time: 4 or 6 years

About this course

LJMU's Prof Doc in Health Psychology meets the requirements for BPS Stage Two training in Health Psychology and leads to eligibility for registration with the HCPC.

  • Choose this programme which meets the requirements for BPS Stage Two training in health psychology and leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Benefit from studying on a course that is British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited and HCPC approved
  • Experience quality training and supervision on a course underpinned by high-grade research and practice activity 
  • Learn from enthusiastic, expert staff offering supportive learning opportunities
  • Enjoy career opportunities in the health industry, healthcare provision, teaching and research

Health psychology is an exciting new discipline with growing opportunities for qualified professionals. 

The DHealthPsych programme is underpinned by a strong focus on equipping the future Health Psychologist for a range of professional scenarios. In keeping with the nationally agreed curriculum competences for Health Psychologists, you will be developing your skills in teaching and training, behaviour change interventions, research, consultancy and demonstrating that you have the generic professional skills needed to qualify in this field. This is achieved through your own job role, taught sessions on the programme and extensive supervision.


Staff in the School of Psychology produce high quality research in a range of areas in health psychology. Areas of expertise include pain, disability, patient-reported outcome measurement, positive psychology, obesity and health cognition. Staff have long-standing expertise in training and developing future Health Psychologists.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

PLEASE NOTE: The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology (along with The Professional Doctorate in Applied Sport and Exercise Science and Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology) is not eligible for the LJMU Alumni Award if the 20% discount has already been used for an alternative LJMU programme.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

A growing number of health psychology graduates work in health education, health promotion, health administration and health audit. There are also opportunities in the organisational aspects of delivering health care within the health service and in research/teaching. Staff on the course have supervised trainees working in the health service, universities, private healthcare companies including occupational health, health and safety laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and in private practice offering health coaching and therapeutic interventions.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your course

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules as detailed below.

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Planning Training in Health Psychology
30 credits

This short module introduces the programme and helps you to produce a training plan in line with that required by the British Psychological Society for their stage 2 qualification in health psychology. It also helps you to reflect on your plan via SWOT analysis. The module aims to:

  • establish that you can plan your training in relation to the requirements of the national competences for Health Psychologists
  • provide evidence of a critical view on your own planned development

Professional Practice in Health Psychology
270 credits

This module focuses on Consultancy, Teaching and Training, Behaviour Change Interventions and Research. It aims to capture the professional competencies of:

  • research
  • consultancy
  • behaviour change interventions
  • teaching and training

in Health Psychology, over the period of training.

Reflection in Health Psychology
60 credits

This module will prepare you for your future as a Health Psychologist by closing the loop on your training, reflecting on your original plan and experiences, and looking toward to future practice. It enables you to demonstrate your:

  • overall professional skills development
  • ability to reflect and meta-reflect on your development and the decisions and choices you have made during your training


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

All teaching is on Thursdays (mostly fortnightly) and in the slots 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm, leaving you some time in the day to meet with your supervisor. Sessions are formally scheduled from January to May/June and September to December in year one and on an ad hoc basis in subsequent years.

Teaching methods

In keeping with the nationally agreed curriculum competences for Health Psychologists, you will be developing your skills in teaching and training, behaviour change interventions, research, consultancy and demonstrating that you have the generic professional skills needed to qualify in this field. This is achieved through your own job role, taught sessions on the programme and extensive supervision.

Applied learning

Applicants must have a suitable pre-determined placement (paid or voluntary) before undertaking the course.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods include: a log and diary of professional practice, case studies, reflections on each competence and a viva voce examination. In terms of research, you will produce a number of publishable papers and submit them to peer-reviewed journals.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Mark Forshaw

Mark Forshaw

Programme Leader

Over his career, Mark has worked as editor for the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, external examiner for numerous MSc and Professional Doctorates, HCPC Visitor and BPS Accreditation Visitor and reviewer for many journals and publishers. In 2011 he won the BPS DHP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Health Psychology. Mark’s research interests include applications and interventions in health psychology, disability, coaching and mentoring.

The best part of my role is the fact that I get to work with some extremely interesting colleagues, students and trainees.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in LJMU’s City Campus at the Byrom Street site, which is located in the heart of Liverpool city centre, and offers postgraduates excellent laboratory and research facilities, including appetite laboratories, psychology testing labs and neuroscience labs.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a good honours degree in Psychology and GBC
  • a BPS Accredited MSc in Health Psychology (or BPS Stage I Qualification), normally at merit level or higher
  • a suitable pre-determined placement (paid or voluntary)

To become a Health Psychologist, you must have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership from the British Psychological Society and fulfil a number of requirements:

  • Stage 1 training involves the satisfactory completion of an accredited Masters programme - such as MSc Health Psychology at LJMU
  • Stage 2 training includes two or more years spent acquiring a range of supervised skills connected with professional skills, interventions, consultancy, research, and teaching and training (as facilitated through this course)
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Additional Information
  • IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • All candidates will be interviewed
  • International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate
  • International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time

If you have any specific queries, please contact scspgt@ljmu.ac.uk

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

To help you to maximise your application success, and due to the nature of the programme, discussions with us - prior to application - are strongly advised. Please contact: Dr Mark Forshaw: 0151 904 6299 M.J.Forshaw@ljmu.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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