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.

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.

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.

Module list

Professional Development in Applied Psychology 1; Applied Psychology Practice 1 (Skills); Applied Psychology Practice 1 (Theory); Consultancy and Training in Applied Psychology 1: Health; Analytical Methods; Interventions in Applied Psychology 1; Advanced Research in Applied Psychology 1M/D; Professional Development in Applied Psychology 2; Critical Enquiry in Applied Psychology 2; Interventions in Applied Psychology 2; Advanced Research in Applied Psychology 2; Professional Development in Applied Psychology 3a; Professional Development in Applied Psychology 3b; Critical Enquiry in Applied Psychology 3; Interventions in Applied Psychology; Advanced Research in Applied Psychology 3.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

The application deadline for this course is 12 March 2021. To ensure your application is considered please submit your full application including CV, qualifications and references by this deadline. There is no guarantee of consideration or acceptance for applications considered after the deadline. Therefore, your application will only be considered in the event we have places remaining on the programme and we have assessed all of our on-time applications.

Please note the final closing date for this programme is 28 May 2021. Applications received after this deadline will be withdrawn.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
3 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
DPsych Full Time 3 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in psychology that meets British Psychological Society (BPS) standards for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), plus relevant work experience.

Subject to DBS, PVG and/or occupational health checks. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview.

Entry with an existing MSc in Health Psychology (BPS accredited) will make you eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning for up to 50% of year one.

English language

IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional requirements

Applicants must also demonstrate a level of maturity and experience commensurate with the personal and professional requirements of the programme.

Students should provide an example of demonstrating relevant voluntary or paid work experience within a relevant field, for example, experience of voluntary or paid work relevant to the field.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the admissions process, and will be subject to a CRB check. Acceptance onto the programme will be subject to the outcome of the CRB check and sufficient demonstration of the relevant skills and motivation required to undertake the programme.

Please note, students are expected to source their own potential placements prior to registration on the programme.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

This course features assessment only.
Students on this course will get support with work placement.
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Students receiving this award are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Health Psychologist.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society.
Students on this course will have work placement opportunities.
Students receiving the DPsych in Health Psychology are eligible to apply for Chartership as a Health Psychologist.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual tuition fees

Scottish (Home) and UK: £7,500
International: £14,500

Scottish (Home) and UK: £7,000
International: £13,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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The fee for the programme includes all taught elements, research supervision, support in gaining placements and access to all the benefits of studying at Glasgow Caledonian University. There are additional costs as follows:

Clinical supervision
Although some group supervision is provided within programme teaching, detailed clinical supervision takes place in conjunction with placement practice. Some placements may provide appropriate supervision, but in many cases students will need to fund their supervision. This typically costs £40 - £70 per hour and should normally take place at least fortnightly.
Other costs
In addition to clinical supervision, students will have costs including: personal therapy (a minimum of 40 hours across the programme, with costs similar to supervision); books and additional learning materials; professional indemnity insurance (around £80 a year); a PVG application (around £60). You will be required to undertake an Occupational Health Screening which has a set fee of £20. You will have to pay the costs of travelling to and from your placements.


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