Counselling Psychology DPsyc

City, University of London
United Kingdom
Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Study mode
3 years
Tuition fee (local)
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Tuition fee (foreign)
USD 19,140

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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


Year 1

  • Person-centred approaches to counselling psychology
  • Cognitive behavioural approaches to counselling psychology
  • Psychodynamic approaches to counselling psychology
  • Context, diversity and standards in professional practice
  • Research design and analysis 1
  • Research design and analysis 2
  • Professional components of counselling psychology
  • Professional development and supervision
  • Personal and professional development

Year 2

  • Professional components of counselling psychology
  • Groups and Couples: Counselling and Mediation
  • Elective Theory Advances
  • Psychopathology: Clinical Skills and Critical Approaches
  • Specialist group supervision
  • Research proposal for counselling psychology
  • Developing research skills in counselling psychology
  • Level A psychometrics

Year 3

  • Professional components of counselling psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Supervision Practice
  • Integrative and Pluralistic approaches
  • Developing research skills in counselling psychology
  • Negotiating relationships: advanced skills
  • DPsych counselling psychology thesis
  • Specialist group supervision
  • Consultancy and Professional Development Issues
  • Level B psychometrics

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