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Entry Requirements

The programme reflects a doctoral level profession and applicants are required to demonstrate that they are able to work at doctoral level. 

Applicants need to have:

  • A 2:1 (or higher) degree in psychology that confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as specified by the British Psychological Society (BPS);


  • A conversion Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate that gives equivalence to a Psychology degree and confers GBC.


  • an MSc in a psychological field (an MSc is not a standard requirement). GBC is still required.


  • Relevant work or ‘life’ experience (e.g. volunteer/counselling roles, personal therapy etc.)


Candidates will now be required to have a qualification in counselling skills (such as a certificate or diploma level qualification), such as Metanoia’s own Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Studies, or one awarded by a college of further education, higher education institute or private training provider accredited by, for example, ABC, CSCT or the Association of Christian Counsellors – these are just examples; there are many accrediting bodies.  The certificate training undertaken must have been conducted face-to-face (not online) and provide a basic understanding of counselling theory.  It will have assessed you, in part, based on using counselling skills.  We will also give preference to candidates who are able to demonstrate that they have had the opportunity to practice counselling skills in a work-related setting, such as for example in a voluntary organisation or a caring/helping employment role (e.g. nursing, social work, teaching, police).  For clarity, we do not require candidates to be qualified to practice as a counsellor; you need however to have been trained to utilise counselling skills and to understand the theory behind counselling, as distinct from other types of helping, such as advice-giving, or advocacy.

Unfortunately our institute is unable to accept applicants studying under a Tier 4 visa arrangement