Research course

Counselling Psychology (Professional Doctorate)

The University of Manchester · School of Education

Entry requirements

-a 2:1 honours degree or above from a BPS recognised undergraduate degree allowing for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC*) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) -a Certificate in Counselling or equivalent qualification -the capacity to undertake research to Doctoral level -satisfactory Criminal Convictions Check -the ability for critical and constructive self reflection

Months of entry


Course content

The professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology will be the first of its kind in the North West of England. It is presently pending approval from the Health Professions Council (HPC) and accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS). It will recruit approximately nine trainees annually, with its first intake being 2010.

The course offers a professional training in Counselling Psychology and has four major components. These are (1) the development of appropriate theoretical knowledge, (2) the development of research skills, (3) a substantial therapeutic practice component, and (4) an emphasis upon personal development. Trainees will be introduced in detail to the Skilled Helper Integrative Model of therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Alongside the assessed units, students will have to complete a minimum of 450 hours of supervised therapeutic practice and 40 hours of personal therapy. The University has a number of potential placement opportunities available for trainees including HMP Manchester, Lancashire constabulary, local NHS settings and voluntary agencies however, it will support individuals in utilising existing work places where they are presently delivering therapeutic work (placements must comply with HPC and University standards).

Information for international students

English GCSE grade C or above, or IELTS - 7.5 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in each separate sub-category (if English is not the first language).

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Education
+44 (0)161 275 3460