Taught course

Counselling Psychology

City, University of London · Department of Psychology
DPsych by taught

Entry requirements

There are two stages to the selection process for the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City:

1) a written application, which is used by the programme team to short list candidates

2) an interview process, which is used to select the strongest candidates from the short list.

The programme receives a high volume of applications each year. This inevitably means that selection is competitive and applicants who can demonstrate the strongest applications are most likely to be short listed for interview and offered a place. The team makes its decisions on the basis of evidence gathered through the application process.

All applicants must meet the programme’s eligibility criteria before applying, as listed below. Those who meet these criteria should submit a written application using the University’s standard application for postgraduate courses and a supplementary application form. The written application should clearly demonstrate that applicants meet the criteria.

Degree and GBC:
A 2:1 honours degree or above which confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) (see below) or other first degree with relevant conversion course. The evidence 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. If you are unsure whether your undergraduate degree confers GBC then please contact the BPS for clarification. If you are currently completing a relevant BPS accredited course you will need to have applied for and been granted Graduate Membership conferring GBC with the BPS, by the commencement of the programme.

We also look for Mental Health experienc and theraputic skills training and research skills. Please see our website for full details.

Months of entry


Course content

The DPsych aims to develop ethical, reflective and professional practitioners of counselling psychology who work collaboratively with service users to provide high-quality psychological services, drawing on evidence-based psychological practice in the context of a therapeutic relationship characterised by trust, respect, and appreciation for the subjective experience of the person and individuality of the client and their unique world view.

Our programme seeks to sit at the interface of science and practice. We value reflective professional practice and development of practice through the rigour of top class research.

You are equipped to work with a wide range of complex presenting issues; with individual adults and children, couples, families, groups and organisations; short and long term; in single and multi-professional contexts; and through transferring psychological skills to others in multidisciplinary teams. You will build a solid foundation of the clinical and professional knowledge and skills for working in mental health on the programme.

Equality of opportunity is central to the programme and trainees work in the course community to foster their valuing of difference in society and their own personal relationship to diversity, developed in relationship within the course community and then integrated into their practice outside. The diversity of our trainees is a highly valued feature of our course, and is integral to the learning context.

Fees and funding

Please visit: https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/postgraduate/professional-doctorate-in-counselling-psychology

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DPsych by taught
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate and Research enquiries
+44 (0)20 7040 0249