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What is the MPhil/PhD?

Middlesex University and Metanoia Institute are currently recruiting graduates to undertake innovative original psychotherapy research at doctoral level. The MPhil/PhD, the latest in our range of post-graduate initiatives, is designed to provide a bespoke doctoral pathway for practitioners interested in independent research at the cutting edge of theoretical understanding in psychotherapy.


Who can apply?

Successful applicants will normally have:

  • A First or Upper Second class bachelor’s degree.
  • BPS, UKCP, or BACP accreditation as a Psychologist, Psychotherapist or Counsellor.
  • Identified a potential research idea and begun to create a research proposal.
  • An understanding of perspectives on research in the psychological therapies.

The pathway will also attract other professionals who have relevant qualifications and who want to pursue the insights of applied psychology, psychotherapy and counselling in their own discipline.

As an academic degree designed to support independent in-depth research, the MPhil/PhD does not confer practitioner status.


How will it be delivered?

The MPhil/PhD is delivered in partnership between Middlesex University and Metanoia Institute. A candidate will be supported by a supervisory team composed of two academic supervisors, and a specialist academic consultant. The primary supervisor will be a member of the academic staff of Middlesex University and as the candidate’s Director of Studies (DoS) has overall responsibility for the candidate’s progression. A second supervisor, drawn from Metanoia’s pool of psychotherapy research experts, will be an established authority in the candidate’s chosen area of study.

During their first year of study the supervisory team and candidate work together to establish a Personal Needs-Analysis and bespoke, individual Progress Plan.

Candidates will have access to Middlesex University research training, library and academic community and also to Metanoia workshops, and regular research seminars. They will also be able to apply to use the research resources of the Metanoia Research Clinic. The Clinic provides low cost medium term counselling and psychotherapy to over 300 clients per year, and is staffed by approximately 100 practitioners in training placements. It conducts on-going routine outcomes evaluation of Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Psychotherapies, Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, Person Centered and Humanistic counselling.


How long will it take?

Candidates can complete the MPhil in a minimum of 2 years 6 months, and the PhD in a minimum of 3 years 9 months, but may take longer depending on the requirements of their individual research journey.


When can I apply?

Metanoia welcomes applications at any time in the year for intake in October and January each year.

More information about supervision teams and research support will follow. For informal enquiries, please email Dr. Sofie Bager-Charleson.



Assessment Interview: £225.

Year 1 Course fees for 2017/18: £ 2,500.

Year 2 onwards: £ 4,500 per year.

All fees are reviewed annually.



Please download the application form from our web site www.metanoia.ac.uk or contact Sonia Walter, the Senior Academic Co-ordinator on 020 8579 2505/020 8832 3073 (direct line) or e-mail sonia.walter@metanoia.ac.uk.

To discuss the MPhil/PhD in more detail, please contact Director of Studies Dr. Sofie Bager-Charleson on sofie.bager-charleson@metanoia.ac.uk.

Please email or send your completed application form, reference forms and payment to Sonia Walter, Metanoia Institute, 13 North Common Road, Ealing, London W5 2QB