London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

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.

This doctoral programme 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.

You'll develop a wide range of intellectual and practical skills and knowledge. The training programme has a solid track record of trainees emerging as robust, sophisticated and highly employable practitioners of counselling psychology. In recent years a number of trainees 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).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Professional Doctorate £9,550 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Professional Doctorate £14,320 Overseas Fees
3 years
Full Time
Professional Doctorate £9,550 European Fees
4 years
Part Time
Professional Doctorate Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Professional Doctorate Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Professional Doctorate European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will be required to have: Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society; a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree 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. Students will also need to submit a personal statement (maximum of 2,000 words).
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 for each component or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) IBT with at least 110 and with a minimum of 26 in reading, and 28 in writing, speaking and reading).
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 110