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Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Professional Studies DPsych(Prof)

Entry Requirements

The programme is designed for qualified, experienced psychotherapists, looking for an integrated professional and academic development programme, which grows out of and will apply directly to their practice. The prospective candidates will have already contributed in a major way to the field of psychological therapy through expertise in practice, setting up services and agencies, developing training and educational programmes, providing organisational and health service consultancy, publishing papers, writing books etc.

Entry Requirements

  • Formal training in psychotherapy/counselling/ counselling psychology demonstrated by UKCP membership, BACP accreditation, BPS accreditation. Other related accrediting bodies will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Substantial experience as a practitioner, for example demonstrated by work over a number of years in a relevant context.
  • Ability to demonstrate academic competence, for example relevant degree (e.g. Masters), written work (published or presented to other professionals), research.

Preparing for the Doctorate

A prior knowledge of a range of research approaches and analyses is not a pre-requisite of this Programme. The Programme offers seminars in research principles and approaches during the first year, which are invaluable to candidates who do not have research backgrounds and experience and very useful and refreshing to candidates who have research experience through a Masters or publications.

It also lays the foundation for peer research groups which will provide ongoing support to candidates throughout the programme.

Briefing Seminar

It is a pre-requisite of this programme that you attend a briefing seminar before making an application. Click here for more information and dates.