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Doctor of Professional Studies in Psychological Trauma DProf

Doctor of Professional Studies in Psychological Trauma DProf

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Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DProf - Doctor of Professional Studies

Subject areas

Psychology (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 psychological trauma. 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, and the Centre for Research and Education in Psychological Trauma, contain 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.


This module covers the following topics: 1. The context, focus and question for the proposed research project 2. A rationale for the project?s value, usefulness and originality 3/. 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 4. A methodology for undertaking this project appropriate to the project?s research question 5. Research paradigms and the nature and limitations of specific research methods

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more