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Counselling Psychology (HCPC approved and BPS accredited) PsychD

Counselling Psychology (HCPC approved and BPS accredited) PsychD

Key information

Qualification type

DPsych - Doctor in Psychology

Subject areas

Psychological Counselling Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary


This programme provides professional training that leads to eligibility for registration as a counselling psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

This programme is at the leading edge of international developments in counselling psychology practice, research and theory; and brings together contemporary understandings from person-centred psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural models of therapy. There is a strong emphasis on your identity and employability as a practitioner psychologist, including skills in assessment and formulation, leadership, service evaluation, psychological testing, qualitative and quantitative research methods. The programme attracts a diverse group of trainees who have gained relevant experience in fields such as counselling and psychotherapy, research and academia, and the NHS, and who are passionate about becoming counselling psychologists.

The course is based on a pluralistic relational philosophy that values diversity, and promotes individual empowerment and social change. This means that we respect and value a wide range of approaches to psychological intervention and research, view relationships as central to wellbeing, and seek to enable trainees to make a positive difference both at an individual and social level through their clinical and research work.

Career options

As an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist you will be qualified to work in a range of settings, including the NHS, the voluntary sector and private practice. As well as providing psychotherapeutic interventions, your work may include providing clinical supervision, service management, teaching, research and consultancy.

Different course options

Full time | University of Roehampton | 3 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date



The provision of psychological assessment and formulation constitutes a key aspect of the work that practitioner psychologists undertake across different professional settings. This module aims to enable trainees to develop the required core knowledge and skills in carrying out assessments and the collaborative development of individualized formulations, which address clients? presenting issues, needs and available resources with sensitivity and sophistication, and help to plan effective interventions. Trainees will be encouraged to develop a relational, pluralistic and reflective stance towards assessment that is grounded in a phenomenological appreciation of the client?s lifeworld and includes an understanding of clients? psycho-social, socio-cultural and socio-political contexts as constituting aspects of their presenting issues as well as potential sources for recovery. Furthermore, trainees will become familiar with, and develop competencies in using, more formal assessment tools, including psychometric tests and standardized measures.

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

A minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent at undergraduate level. Applicants with a 2:2 may be considered if there is evidence of subsequent higher academic achievement, such as having a relevant master’s or doctorate (e.g. in psychology, social sciences or mental health). You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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