Ph.D. On Campus

Health Psychology

University of Surrey

48 months
22700 GBP/year
5100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Health psychology is a rapidly evolving area of practice and research, that’s becoming increasingly relevant in modern society. Through the combined professional training and methodological-based research, the Health Psychology programme of the University of Surrey is helping to improve people’s lives.


Why choose this programme

At the Health Psychology programme of the University of 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. 

Current students are researching topics including: 

  • Cognitive, emotional and physiological factors implicated in the recovery-from-work process. 
  • Symptom perception and the cross over between physical and mental symptoms. 
  • The role of illness-related rumination in psychological and physical health outcomes in those living with cancer. 
  • Weight bias and weight management.

Programme Structure

Research themesOur research investigates:
  • Chronic illness, including obesity, diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease.
  • Health behaviours, including eating, exercise and smoking.
  • Help seeking, including risk perception and symptom perception.
  • Illness cognitions, including identity, treatment expectancies and risk.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a upper second-class honours degree (65 per cent or above) in psychology (or a related discipline).

Students must also:

  • be a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) or hold the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC)
  • hold the BPS Stage 1 Qualification in Health Psychology (e.g. MSc Health Psychology).
IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6 in each individual category.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22700 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    5100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5100 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part time:

  • UK: £2,550
  • Overseas: £11,400

Living costs for Guildford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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