Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology


    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    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.

    See website for module information.

    Teaching

    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.

    Assessment

    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.

    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.

    Employability

    Further your career prospects

    LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) 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.


    Visit the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!



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    Entry Requirements

    -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)


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