Taught course

Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies

New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling · New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
DPsych by taughtPGCertPGDipMSc

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:

  • A good Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
  • Graduate basis for chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society
  • An introductory course in psychotherapy and counselling such as the New School’s own Foundation Course
  • Some counselling practice, either professionally or in a voluntary position, for instance with Childline or the Samaritans
  • Personal suitability for the course to be demonstrated at interview

Chartering of the British Psychological Society

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies is a joint programme between NSPC and Middlesex University. It is designed for students who have obtained the Graduate Basis for Chartering of the British Psychological Society.

The philosophy of this programme is existential. This means that the focus of students’ practical work will be on understanding the human predicaments of their clients in a philosophical way. It draws on the work of existential and phenomenological thinkers and on the practice of existential psychotherapy.

The course may be taken full-time, over 4 years, or part-time for a longer period. For the first two years, students may participate as distance learners, attending on an intensive basis for blocks of study, or as weekly attenders, attending NSPC in London either on a Wednesday for three ten week terms, or on a Saturday. Some of the modules may also be studied online with intensive online tutor support. Weekly attenders may also be required to attend some 2 or 3 day intensives.

The second, third and forth years of the course are provided by 5 day intensives or, for some modules, online with intensive online supervision.

Information for international students

NSPC is accredited by the British Accreditation Council, an organization recognized by the UK Border Agency, and this means that if you obtain a place at NSPC and need a visa to travel to the UK you are eligible to apply for a Students Visitor Visa.

Qualification and course duration

DPsych by taught

full time
48 months
part time
96 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Lindsay van Dijk
+44 (0) 207 435 8067