Taught course

Psychosexual Therapy

University Centre Doncaster · University Centre Doncaster

Entry requirements

Prospective students must have: Degree or equivalent qualification or APEL; Evidence of counselling qualification, including face to face supervised clinical practice; OR Evidence of relevant equivalent training within the sexual heath field (NHS/Social Work). Access to a practice base in an approved clinical setting, such as a counselling organisation, primary care trust or specialist NHS department; Competence in the use of IT and regular access to the Internet.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

​This two year part time programme, validated by the University of Hull, offers practitioners an opportunity for challenge and growth by taking part in a programme of study which integrates the principles of psychosexual therapy to the latest clinical understanding of the interactions between culture, love, intimacy and sexual expression, as well as challenges such as the treatment of sexual dysfunctions, sexual trauma, shame and female genital cutting.

The course is modular, taking place over a 10 month period in each year, with eight blocks in year one and seven blocks in year two.

There will be an opportunity to access additional online training in year two.

Clinical placements will be in an approved clinical setting and involve 200 hours of practice during the two years.

We aim to offer two venues for study per year, either at our High Melton Campus in Doncaster or at Birkbeck College in London*.

Key topics included in the first year include the key principles of:

  • psychosexual therapy;
  • CBT strategies;
  • sexual dysfunctions;
  • challenges to sexual expression, including sexomnia, collusive relationships, ethics and safeguarding;
  • gender and sexual discourses.

The second year will build on the principles gained in the first year and explore developments in:

  • sexual medicine,;
  • change theory;
  • culture, alternative sexualities;
  • chemsex;
  • female genital cutting;
  • neuroscience;
  • trauma;
  • shame;
  • pornography;
  • and Cybersex.

Students will complete a self-evaluation form after each block of training, which will be used in supervision and enable dialogue between training staff and supervisors.

This programme is designed to provide theoretical knowledge and practice based skills and a variety teaching and learning strategies are used, such as formal and interactive lectures, group activities and practice based learning.

As part of the course requirements, students will be expected to attend three CPD days per annum. This can be from the UCD CPD portfolio and/or any relevant COSRT approved training and COSRT conferences.

There is a requirement for 50 hours of personal development and experiential work focussed on self in relation to other. This can consist of personal therapy, personal and professional development group work as part of the course and externally, such as experiential group work.

Whilst on the course students will be granted access to the comprehensive online resources of the University Centre Doncaster Learning Resource Centre.

Information for international students

Please visit our website for further information.

Fees and funding

UK students
£3,500 p/a

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Michèle Logue
01302 553818