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Doctor of Professional Studies in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies Dprof

Doctor of Professional Studies in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies Dprof

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4 years

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Qualification type

DProf - Doctor of Professional Studies

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Counselling Skills (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This DProf is for therapeutic practitioners who wish to extend their expertise by contributing original knowledge in a professional and organisational context, which comes out of experience and practice.

Course overview

Our DProf course recognises the achievements of practitioners in the disciplines of counselling and psychotherapy. The DProf facilitates the generation of original knowledge that comes out of experience and practice and enables a fresh and meaningful contribution to be given to practice-based knowledge and dialogue.

Why study this course with us?

The Division of Counselling and Psychotherapy contains several nationally and internationally recognised researchers among its staff. They input onto the teaching and supervision of research on this DProf course.

There is a vibrant research community at Chester, consisting of both PhD and DProf research students, who meet regularly together, alongside the research staff, to support each other and stimulate new thinking and research ideas.


Assessment in Phases 1 and 2 is by means of essays, publishable articles, presentations, and a research proposal. In Phase 3, assessment will be by thesis and viva. Part-time students are expected to give at least 16 hours (part-time) a week to their studies.

Job prospects

This course assists in the development of practitioner-researchers who, with a doctorate and a research reputation, can go on to fulfil therapeutic, academic and management positions in their chosen areas of work.


This module covers the following topics: the context, focus and question for the proposed research project; a rationale for the project's value, usefulness and originality; the wider context of issues, debates and methods within the disciplines of either Counselling, Psychotherapy or Psychological Trauma, and in relation to other academic disciplines where relevant; a methodology for undertaking this project appropriate to the project's research question; research paradigms and the nature and limitations of specific research methods; the connections between the core research question, objectives and methodology (especially research design and data gathering), the interpretation of evidence and conclusions advanced. In the case of qualitative, action-research or fieldwork, research into the resources required to complete this project, a plan of how these resources can be accessed and a timetable for the completion of the project.

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Entry requirements

To be eligible for the course, you will need to have an MA or MSc in a counselling/psychotherapy-related discipline (with a grade of 60% or above for the research dissertation), plus practitioner experience in counselling/psychotherapy.

University information

The University of Chester is a 21st century university which traces its roots back to 1839, placing it among the oldest higher education institutions in England. With a modern outlook, a strong research pedigree and guiding principles of supportiveness and inclusiveness, it’s an academic community that has stood the test of time. Today, it attracts thousands of students from around the world and is known for its commitment to helping students...more

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