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Programme Structure and Content

Students work with their supervisor on their dissertation from year one. In addition, students undertake a series of taught modules. The taught elements of the programme take place in Year One and Year Two, with work on the dissertation taking place over the four years of the programme. Students may leave the programme at the end of Year 2 with the equivalent of a Master’s degree by research (MLitt) if they have fulfilled all requirements to that point.

Note: MSc in Health Psychology Graduates deemed suitable for admission to the PhD Programme would be exempt from up to 50 ECTs in first year of the programme (up to 35 ECTS for taught components and up to 15 for transferable skills). The same applies in principle to graduates from other Masters in Health Psychology or related Programmes. These exemptions will be determined prior to entry by the Programme Board.

Students conduct their PhD research on question/s relevant to contemporary theory and practice in the area of Psychology and Health, under the supervision of a suitably qualified member of academic staff and a thesis committee.


Student performance is evaluated on the basis of continuous assessment, end-of-term examinations, and assessment of the PhD thesis as set out in the University Guidelines for Research Degree Programmes.