Taught course

Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology

University of East London · School of Psychology
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Entry requirements

A good honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society as conferring the graduate basis of registration with the society

Months of entry


Course content

Counselling 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. The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is therefore designed to provide opportunities for professional and personal development as a Counselling Psychologist. This is achieved by facilitating the development of a flexible, reflective and critical approach to Counselling Psychology theory, research, and practice.

The programme objective is to produce graduates with a solid grounding in the theory, research and clinical skills relevant to Counselling Psychology. The clinical focus of the training in years 1 and 2 is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy including second and third wave CBT with core skills drawn also from Humanistic Therapy. In the third and fourth year of the training trainees will consider Psychodynamic and integrative approaches. We aim to equip our trainees to meet the unique needs of their clients; they will be able to work while holding ideas in tension and embracing dilemmas within their therapeutic practice.

Information for international students

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 7.5 (or equivalent) is required which incorporates a minimum of 7.5 in writing and speaking, together with a minimum of 7.5 in listening and reading.

Qualification and course duration

DProf by taught

full time
48 months

Course contact details

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