3 years
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Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 20,433
GBP 14,500
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Other costs apply

About this course

The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology course is designed to equip you with a rigorous training in clinical practice, as well as professional research skills at doctoral level, to enable you to become an effective and competent Practitioner Psychologist registered with the HCPC, and Chartered Psychologist with the BPS.

Our professional, clinical and academic training is combined with the opportunity to develop your own portfolio of placement experience. This equips you to build a successful and fulfilling career in a broad range of settings, including:

  • the NHS (e.g. inpatient settings, community mental health teams, specialist services such as early intervention, with different clinical populations e.g. older adults)
  • the independent hospital sector
  • forensic settings including HMPS and probation
  • organisations in areas such as occupational health
  • the Third (voluntary) sector
  • industry
  • government
  • private practice (including Employee Assistance Programmes) and
  • academic and research settings.

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree or above which confers GBC (see below) or other first degree with relevant conversion course.
  • Successful completion of introductory training in therapeutic/counselling skills. We are looking for training such as certificate-level counselling skills courses (i.e. a course which awards you a certificate on completion); other relevant therapeutic training, e.g. that offered by various levels of the NHS IAPT programme such as for psychological well-being practitioners; or other appropriate counselling training undertaken as a health or social care worker. If you are in doubt as to whether your training would meet our requirements please ask us (see our contact details). We run a five-day workshop at City University London which equips you with relevant skills for application to the Professional Doctorate course, although other courses are also available on the market
  • Substantial experience with face-to-face mental health/counselling work (usually one year minimum). This could include working (paid or unpaid) as a mental health or social care support worker/healthcare assistant in a ward or community setting; a mental health charity; a victim support unit; bereavement counselling; or relationship counselling. 
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). This would normally be in the form of a letter from the BPS confirming that you are a Graduate Member and that you have been granted GBC.

English Language Requirements:

  • A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA.
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA.
  • GCE O-level/GCSE - grade C or above
  • CSE - grade C or above
  • SEB - grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Pass
  • IELTS – Overall score of 7 or above and at least 6.5 in each subtest