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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Stag Hill

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JUL-21, OCT-21, JAN-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Why choose this course

Health psychology is a rapidly evolving area of practice and research, that’s becoming increasingly relevant in modern society. Through our combined professional training and methodological-based research, we’re helping to improve people’s lives.

At Surrey, we investigate the processes influencing behaviours and behaviour change in health promoting contexts with a focus on exercise uptake, smoking cessation and weight management. We address issues of comorbidity, examine the onset and management of both common and rare chronic conditions, and evaluate responses to stress-inducing situations.

You’ll benefit from our expertise in qualitative and quantitative methodologies, subjective measures, and objective and biological assessments of health. We’ll train you in advanced and innovative research methods, preparing you for your career.

On successful completion of this PhD, you’ll have the Stage 2 requirements needed to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a Health Psychologist.

What you will study

During your Stage 2 training you’ll cover five core competencies, including ethics, behaviour change, systematic reviews, research, and teaching and training. You’ll investigate these by completing individual research and developing a work portfolio.

In your first year you’ll complete four compulsory training courses covering quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods, professional academic skills, and teaching and training. You’ll also familiarise yourself with relevant literature, create a research plan, develop your methodological and analytic skills, and complete your first study.

Throughout your studies you’ll gain a solid grounding in research methods and improve your communication skills to effectively convey your findings. You’ll collect data and analyse this, completing a detailed literature review and then writing up your PhD thesis. Depending on your research project, data collection can take place in schools, hospitals, laboratories or online.

Application deadline

06 May 2021, 22 July 2021, 22 November 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 22,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Surrey

  • University League Table

    34th

  • Campus address

    University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, England

The University of Surrey has over 140 nationalities in its international community.
35% of the university’s student population is from outside the UK.
Surrey has over 90 university partners across the globe.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 118 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    149 69%

    29th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    15th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%

    65th

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