Taught course

Counselling Psychology

Regent's University London · Psychotherapy and Psychology
DPsych by taught

Entry requirements

In accordance with BPS and HCPC admissions criteria, we require:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 bachelor’s degree in psychology*
  • Previous experience with face-to-face counselling work or other formal helping roles
  • Successful completion of a certificate/foundation course in counselling or other substantive training in counselling skills**.
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.***
  • Capacity to undertake doctorate level research
  • High level of interpersonal skills and self-reflective capacities

Please note: applicants will be expected to attend an interview day in person before an unconditional offer can be made (interviews cannot take place over the phone or online).

Months of entry


Course content

The DPsych programme aims to develop highly-skilled, well-rounded, self-aware psychological practitioners and researchers who will make a valuable contribution to the profession, both inside and outside the consulting room.

A successful graduate of the DPsych meets the standards and competencies set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS), and is eligible for registration and chartership with those bodies.

The DPsych programme is committed to producing practitioner psychologists who are well prepared to meet the needs of each client and to utilise individualised formulation and intervention, while never losing sight of the relationship at the core of the endeavour.

To support this, the DPsych gives training in three approaches to therapy: existential-phenomenological, cognitive-behavioural, and psychodynamic. The principal model of the programme is existential-phenomenological psychotherapy, one of the foundational influences in the profession of counselling psychology. Existential-phenomenological approaches and counselling psychology emphasise subjective, lived experience; recognise the importance of dialogue; and take a holistic, relational view of human nature and of psychological difficulties. Irrespective of the modality employed, we encourage and develop a “pervasive existential sensibility” in our trainees’ therapeutic work.

Information for international students

We host one of the most diverse student bodies in the United Kingdom, welcoming students from over 140 countries around the world. Each year more than 900 students choose us as their study-abroad destination. Regent's is an independent institution, so all students pay the same tuition fees, regardless of nationality.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July.

Qualification and course duration

DPsych by taught

full time
36 months

Further details of qualification

This degree is validated by the Open University, UK

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7487 7505