London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

This course leads to a doctoral qualification that automatically confers registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), accreditation as a fully qualified chartered counselling psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and recognition within the UK as a chartered counselling psychologist eligible to practice. Drawing on a range of approaches to psychological practice and enquiry, it will enable you to make a significant contribution to psychological knowledge, research and practice across a range of settings in public, private and voluntary sectors.

In the most recent (2015'16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

**More about this course**

The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a three'year full'time (four'year part'time) taught doctoral programme that combines in'depth competency in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), strong humanistic values and psychodynamic awareness. The doctorate was commended by the BPS for the depth and breadth of the modules offered; a number of our modules were described as cutting'edge and well suited to the current zeitgeist and employment market. These modules include a first'year module devoted to working with difference and diversity and a third'year service evaluation research exercise.

The first year of training is the equivalent of a Master’s year. Students who exit at the end of Year 1 are eligible for an MSc in Psychological Therapy. This MSc offers eligibility to register with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), leading to clinical practice in either in public, private or third sector organisations. However, with the majority of students continue from the MSc level into the doctoral level of training in Years 2 and 3.

This course and the University offer extensive support in the form of individual and group supervision. You'll be supported in creating a piece of doctoral level research that will make an original contribution to the professional practice of counselling psychology.

In recent years a number of graduates from this course have won BPS Division of Counselling Psychology trainee prizes for written assignments and research poster presentations, and have had papers published in the Counselling Psychology Review. Many students are conducting research in collaboration with National Health Service (NHS) Trusts or non'governmental organisations (NGOs).

The course is involved in on'going in'house events and conferences, such as Culture Shock, and in research and clinical collaborations with five NHS trusts.

**What our students say**

"Nearing the end of the three'year doctorate, I feel the course has served me well. The research training is excellent and the core model is CBT which means I feel well'placed in the current job market. At the same time, exposure to a wide range of other models and the emphasis on self'reflection and critical thinking encourages the development of an integrative approach supporting versatile practice for working in a range of settings"

Tara Lester, trainee counselling psychologist

“After graduating from London Met, I got a job with the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. First I worked as a High Intensity Trainee where I did the IAPT diploma course. After I finished the course I kept on working within the IAPT as a CBT therapist/counselling psychologist. I currently see clients, run a group, and supervise trainee clinical and counselling psychology trainees!

Dorothy Calleja, HCPC registered counselling psychologist

Course Modules

Year 1 modules include:

Psychological Knowledge and Models of Therapy

Therapeutic and Reflective Skills

Professional and Ethical Issues

Working with Difference and Diversity

Counselling Psychology Practice and Development

Advanced Research Design and Analysis for Psychology

Research Project and Critical Skills

Year 2 and 3 modules include:

Advanced Psychological Theory and Practice 1

Advanced Psychological Theory and Practice 2

Advanced Psychological Research

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
DProf £9,270 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
DProf £13,905 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
DProf £1,030 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
DProf £1,030 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You will be required to have a Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in psychology, practical experience of using counselling skills in an emotionally demanding helping role gained over at least one year prior to application and ideally some training in counselling skills, a level of professional and theoretical understanding adequate to support work in practice placements with vulnerable clients from the beginning of the programme, evidence of personal maturity, self-awareness and reflective capacity, a clear and appropriate rationale for wanting to train as a counselling psychologist, evidence of a realistic appreciation of and capacity to undertake professional training and research at postgraduate level, research interests relevant to the field of counselling psychology and an ability to think about how these could be developed into a viable research project (applicants for the doctoral programme must submit a short draft research proposal). All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS at a minimum of 7 with no element below 6.5 or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) IBT at a minimum of 110 with a minimum of 26 in reading and a minimum of 28 in writing, speaking and reading).