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Practitioner Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology PsychD

Practitioner Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology PsychD

Key information

Qualification type

DPsych - Doctor in Psychology

Subject areas

Psychological Counselling Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary

Our programme has been running for over 20 years and was the first programme accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to confer Chartered Counselling Psychology status. Upon successful completion of the programme, you’ll be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership of the BPS and register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a counselling psychologist. Our programme embraces a pluralistic approach to theory, practice and research. Throughout the three years, you will gain in-depth exposure to the main psychotherapeutic traditions (namely humanistic, psychodynamic and second and third wave cognitive behavioural therapy) and you will be supported with training and supervision provided by established professionals in the field. During your studies you will benefit from the University’s excellent learning resources and support network, as well as many events that will contribute to your personal and professional development. In addition, our small cohorts mean that you will enjoy a close relationship with staff, who will monitor your development throughout your training on clinical, academic and research levels. Our team has seven counselling psychologists and psychotherapists, who have a wide range of academic, research and clinical interests. We are also home to a number of visiting lecturers who contribute to the teaching and learning of our trainees. In addition, we are one of the few programmes organising placements for trainees throughout the three years while also following their development on placement with a mid-year placement visit that facilitates the monitoring and development of strong therapeutic skills and professional identity.

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Study mode

Full time


48 months

Start date


Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Students need first or 2.1 honours degree in Psychology and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS. A Masters Degree in Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, or related field is desirable. They also need Clinical Experience and/or training in psychotherapy and counselling.

University information

The University of Surrey is proud of the cultural diversity of its international community. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from more than 120 countries across the globe, come to Surrey each year. As a research-led university, Surrey's outstanding contributions benefit society as a whole and address major global challenges. The research-intensive learning environment makes it the perfect choice if you want to study somewhere where you can...more

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