Taught course

Counselling Psychology

University of East London · School of Psychology
DProf by taught

Entry requirements

pplicants must meet the requirements of the HCPC Programme’s admissions criteria A good honours degree in psychology (trainees normally have a 1st or 2:1) which confers Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society Ability and experience of conducting independent research Prior training in counselling skills involving experiential components – at least certificate level; and or other relevant therapeutic training, e.g. that offered by NHS IAPT programmes such as for psychological well-being practitioners; or counselling training undertaken as a health or social care worker Relevant work and or voluntary experience in a mental health setting (NHS or other)- one year minimum. This must be face-to-face and more than ‘befriending’. You will need to evidence a minimum of 50 hours one-to one supervised therapeutic work (or related relevant experience) Be academically able to succeed at doctoral level Post-admission successful completion of enhanced DBS check

Months of entry


Course content

ounselling Psychology is embedded in the discipline of psychology and concerns itself with applied areas of psychological work, which overlap with the provinces of psychotherapy, clinical psychology, counselling and psychiatry. It is informed by a number of philosophical stances underlying issues of development and change, with a particular focus on the wide range of human psychological functioning across the lifespan.

This new 3 year full time Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is designed to provide opportunities for professional and personal development in an applied field that values a range of approaches whilst taking a critical perspective to the theories and practices that inform the discipline. The course is particularly suited to students interested in professional training that will equip them for employment as a clinician in the NHS, the voluntary sector or in private practice. This is achieved by facilitating the development of a flexible, reflective and critical approach to counselling psychology theory, research and practice.

The clinical focus of the training in years one and two is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), including second and third-wave CBT. In the third and fourth yeard of the training, you will consider psychodynamic and integrative approaches.

Information for international students

Where English is not the applicant’s first language, a minimum IELTS Academic English, or such qualifications as our University deems comparable, score of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, is required at entry

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration

DProf by taught

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
0208 223 3333
0208 223 2978