City, University of London

Course Introduction

The DPsych aims to develop ethical, reflective and professional practitioners of counselling psychology who work collaboratively with their clients to provide high'quality psychological services, drawing on evidence'based psychological practice in the context of a therapeutic relationship characterised by trust, respect, and appreciation for the subjective experience of the person and individuality of the client and their unique world view.

Our programme seeks to sit at the interface of science and practice. We value reflective professional practice and development of practice through the rigor of top class research.

You are equipped to work with a wide range of complex presenting issues; with individual adults and children, couples, families, groups and organisations; short and long term; in single and multi'professional contexts; and through transferring psychological skills to others in multidisciplinary teams.

You are actively supported during your studies by the course team to develop your own personal theory of the evolution, maintenance and resolution of psychological problems, based on your reading, lectures, practical skills workshops, personal development, collaborative learning and clinical and research experience.

Course Modules

Year one modules:

Context, Diversity and Standards in Professional Practice (15 credits);

Research design and analysis 1 (15 credits);

Research design and analysis 2 (30 credits);

Professional components of counselling psychology (45 credits);

Personal and professional development (15 credits);

Cognitive behavioural approaches to counselling psychology (15 credits);

Person'centred approaches to counselling psychology (15 credits);

Psychodynamic approaches to counselling psychology (15 credits); and

Professional development and supervision (15 credits).

Year two modules:

Professional Components of Counselling Psychology (45credits);

Systems and Systemic Psychological Therapies in Counselling Psychology (15 credits);

Psychopathology: Clinical Skills and Critical Approaches (15 credits);

DPsych Counselling Psychology Thesis one (30 credits);

Developing Research Skills in Counselling Psychology (15 credits);

Contemporary Developments in Psychological Approaches (15 credits);

Specialist group supervision (15 credits); and

Psychometrics A: Ability and Aptitude Training (15 credits).

Year three modules:

Professional Components of Counselling Psychology (60 credits);

Psychometrics B: Personality Measures (15 credits);

Negotiating Relationships: Advanced Skills (15 credits);

DPsych Counselling Psychology Thesis two (45 credits);

Integrative and Pluralistic Approaches to Counselling Psychology (15 credits);

Developing Research Skills in Counselling Psychology (15 credits);

Specialist Group Supervision (15 credits); and

Supervising, Consulting and leading in Counselling Psychology (15 credits).

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
DPsych £9,500 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
DPsych £14,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • A degree with relevant experience, or a recognised professional qualification.
  • We only accept the following English language qualifications:
  • A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA.
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA.
  • GCE O-level/GCSE - grade C or above
  • CSE – grade C or above
  • SEB – grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – Pass
  • IELTS – Overall score of 7 or above and at least 6.5 in each subtest
  • Please note that due to changes in the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) list of Secure English Language Tests (SELT) we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), as of April 2014.