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What is the MPhil/PhD?

Middlesex University and Metanoia Institute are currently recruiting graduates to undertake innovative and original psychotherapy research at both masters and doctoral level. The MPhil with possibility to transfer to PhD, is a 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 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 with possibility to transfer to PhD is delivered in partnership between Middlesex University and Metanoia Institute. The candidate will be supported by a supervisory team composed of two academic supervisors, and a specialist academic consultant.


During their first year of study the supervisory team and candidate work together to establish a Personal Needs-Analysis with an individual Progress Plan, which will be supported throughout the rest of the programme. Candidates will gain access to both Metanoia and Middlesex University research training, library and academic community.


How long will it take?

Candidates can complete the MPhil in a minimum of 24 months. This includes six months preparative and diagnostic Enrolment, followed by 18 months research with preparation for the Transfer panel. Candidates aiming for a MPhil degree can exit the programme at this transfer stage.


Candidate aiming for a PhD can present their research together with further plans to progress towards a PhD degree. The normal period of study is four years, including the earlier mentioned enrolment and research towards the transfer panel.


When can I apply?

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

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



Assessment Interview: £125.

Enrolment, six months. Course fees (2017/18): £ 2,500.

Onwards: £ 2,250 per semester (approximately 3-4 for MPhil*, and 6-8 for PhD*)  

All fees are reviewed annually.

*may vary slightly depending on the requirements of individual research journeys.



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 Gunnersbury Avenue, Ealing, London W5 3XD