Research course

Doctor of Psychological Therapies

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Psychology

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Entry requirements

Students must have completed the MSc Childhood Development and Wellbeing in Practice, the MSc Clinical Skills in Integrative Psychotherapy or MSc Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical Practice with an average of 65%. We cannot accept other MSc courses as the Stage One for this course. To apply, prospective doctoral trainees are required to complete an online application, research proposal in relation to their thesis ideas and attend a panel interview. Observed professional behaviour throughout MSc study and references from the MSc course team will also influence the final decision regarding progression on to the doctorate.

Months of entry


Course content

Advance your therapeutic skills in assessment, formulation and intervention. Explore practitioner resilience, the development of therapeutic relationships, and ethical practice. Train to be a qualified therapist and gain an academic doctoral qualification in one course.

Our new Doctorate of Professional Studies in Psychological Therapies (DProf) is designed for emerging practitioners with experience in health and social care.

You’ll focus on connecting psychological theory with evidence-based practice. We’ll support you to develop your skills in assessment, formulation and intervention planning, as well as in consultation and supervision.

In taught sessions, you’ll explore topics such as policy in healthcare, advanced therapeutic processes, ways to develop therapeutic relationships, and self-care.

The course also involves a comprehensive supervised placement, designed to meet the standards required for British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation. Our experienced academic team are on hand to provide support in sourcing appropriate placements and supervision experience.

We assess your academic work and your practical skills throughout this course, and you’ll submit a thesis as your final piece of work. You’ll develop your thesis over the two year course and eventually form three connected chapters, including an empirical paper, a review paper and a methodological paper.

Our teaching team at Manchester Met have experience in psychology and health research across national and international settings. Our key strengths in the Department of Psychology include health and psychological interventions, and neuropsychobiology.

When you successfully complete this DProf, you can apply for practitioner accreditation with the BACP.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Doctorate
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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0161 247 6969