What will I learn?

Our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a fully- accredited practitioner training course leading to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) through a programme of personal and professional development designed to develop competencies in the assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of complex mental health issues.

The vitality of the course comes from an experienced and supportive course team, passionate about empowerment in mental health. A foundation in humanist values, with emphasis on an empathic therapist-client relationship as central to mental health work, allows an integrative framework for development of a range of clinical, research and reflective skills. Through the integration of theoretical training, research processes, critical approaches to psychopathology and reflective working you will learn to develop an integrative method of professional practice incorporating the latest developments in evidence-based practice at the forefront of mental health-care.

Career path

Counselling psychologists work in a range of settings, performing assessment and therapy with clients presenting with personal problems. They offer assessment and formulation work, followed by brief and long-term psychotherapies characterised by active collaborative relationship facilitating empowerment and change. Areas of work include the effects of childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis and complex family issues. The skills of a counselling psychologist extend outside the therapeutic setting such as leading and developing mental health services, clinical supervision, legal settings, court and expert witness work and consultation with charities.


This pathway constitutes professional counselling psychology training. Upon successful completion, students are eligible for Chartered Psychologist status with the BPS and are eligible for entry onto the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register as Counselling ose wishing to practice the profession using the title 'Counselling Psychologist' must register with the HCPC upon completion of the course.

Which department am I in?

Institute of Human Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£13,000.00 (US$ 16,979) per year
Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2020


City Campus

Wulfruna Street,


WV1 1SB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have a Bachelor degree from NARIC or government recognised institutions can normally be accepted for Master’s studies which includes: a GPA of 3.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1; a GPA of 2.6 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2; a GPA of less than 2.6 is considered comparable to a UK 3 and would require the completion of a pre-Master’s course.

For international students

Students need to have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0 or its equivalent).

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