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DPsych Health Psychology


According to the British Psychological Society, the goal of health psychology is to study scientifically the psychological processes of health, illness and health care.

The aim is to apply health psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy formation, the prevention of illness and disability and the enhancement of outcomes of those who are ill or disabled.

Health Psychology as a discipline is the fastest growing field of Psychology in the UK. Given an ageing and obesogenic population, with associated long-term health conditions, the demand for behavioural health and wellbeing interventions (and, therefore, Health Psychologists), is only set to increase.

Quick Facts

Duration: 3 years (full-time)
Starting Date: September
Tuition Fee: £12,600 (intl. students)
Location: Glasgow, UK

This programme is intended to equip students with the vital knowledge and skills to become a competent and effective Health Psychologist. The Doctoral programme is designed to meet the BPS accreditation standards for Stage 1 and Stage 2 training in Health Psychology, thus meeting the requirements for Practitioner Psychologist status.

Career Opportunities

The programme aims to prepare students for accreditation as a Chartered Psychologist by providing training and supervision in five key areas of competency, including research, teaching and training, consultancy, behaviour change interventions and professional skills.

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There were a lot of opportunities to gain a breadth of experience in terms of placements such as third sector organisations and within the National Health Service.

Dr. Sophia Vezza

Counselling Psychologist with NHS Lanarkshire Addiction Psychology Service

Course Contents

  • Principles of Person Centered Approaches in Applied Psychology Practice
  • Professional Development in Applied Psychology 1
  • Consultancy & Training in Applied Psychology 1: Health
  • Interventions in Applied Psychology 1
  • Analytical Methods
  • Advanced Research in Applied Psychology 1

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