University of East London

Course Introduction

This course is particularly suited to students interested in undergoing professional training that will equip them for employment as a clinician in the NHS, the voluntary sector or in private practice. Our typical applicant is someone who already has experience in working in the mental health sector and understands about working with people. We will encourage you to develop a flexible, reflective and critical approach to counselling theory, research and practice, and will provide relevant experience to facilitate understanding of the different facets of work as a Counselling Psychologist and how this role is evolving in contemporary employment settings. The course involves a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars and workshops. You will be required to be on placement throughout your training and to have successfully completed 450 hours of one-to-one supervised clinical practice by the end of the course. Training placements are crucial to your learning and the development of your clinical competence and confidence, so we aim to enhance your student experience by liaising regularly with your placement managers and supervisors.

Counselling Psychology is embedded in the discipline of psychology and concerns itself with applied areas of psychological work, in the overlapping areas of psychotherapy, clinical psychology, counselling and psychiatry. The critical position here at the University of East London embodies the idea that individual psychological processes need to be considered within historical and current social, political and cultural contexts. You will study human development across the lifespan with a focus on issues of diversity, difference and community, and the impact of inequality, discrimination and social justice. As well as working with adults, you will have substantial opportunities to gain experience of working with children and families, and to work with more complex cases as your competence and experience grows. The clinical focus of the training in years one and two is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), including second and third-wave CBT. You will consider psychodynamic and integrative approaches. You will receive research training in year one and register your chosen project area for your thesis at the beginning of year two. This course has been grounded in the standards for doctoral courses in Counselling Psychology, according to the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements,

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Professional Doctorate £9,640 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Professional Doctorate £9,640 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Professional Doctorate £13,230 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology (BPS Accredited). They will normally be expected to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Additional requirements will include: ability and experience of conducting independent research; prior training in counselling skills 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), this must be face-to-face and more than ?befriending? and be academically able to succeed at doctoral level.
  • International entry requirements: They should have an overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).
  • IELTS score: 7