Postgraduate course

Doctorate of Counselling Psychology DCounsPsy

Elevate your career with this professionally approved and British Psychological Society accredited qualification.

This programme provides the theoretical, clinical and research training for a career as a counselling psychologist. As a graduate of this programme, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). The programme is also accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Psychological & Social Sciences

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £8,250

    International 2019-20 £12,750

Course overview

The doctorate includes training in psychological assessment, psychotherapeutic interventions for adults adolescents, children, couples, groups and families, clinical research methods, ethics and professional practice. You will undertake a doctoral research dissertation. The programme requires a minimum of 450 hours of placement in clinical settings.

This programme places an emphasis on both cognitive-behavioural and humanistic approaches to the development of counselling and psychotherapy skills. You will undertake modules that develop the professional skills needed as a leader and supervisor, and for working in diverse, multi-disciplinary teams.

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Counselling & Psychotherapy Skills (30 credits)
  • Psychological Assessment Theories & Practice (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice in Counselling Psychology (30 credits)
  • Individual Psychotherapy (30 credits)
  • Research Methods in Counselling Psychology (30 credits)
  • Psychological Interventions Over the Lifespan (30 credits)
  • Group Psychotherapy (30 credits)
  • Doctoral Dissertation 1 (30 credits)
  • Placement 1 (30 credits)
  • Psychological Interventions for Couples & Families (30 credits)
  • Doctoral Dissertation 2 (30 credits)
  • Placement 2 (30 credits)
  • Psychopathology & Advanced Psychotherapy Process (30 credits)
  • Doctoral Dissertation 3 (30 credits)
  • Placement 3 (30 credits)
  • Professional Counselling Psychology (30 credits)
  • Doctoral Dissertation 4 (30 credits)
  • Placement 4 (30 credits)

Teaching and assessment

The curriculum is inclusive and accessible because we recognise that training to be a counselling psychologist is an active, constructive and contextual process.

To complement the teaching, seminars, skills-practice sessions, and virtual learning environment (VLE) there will be substantial placement activities. You'll be expected to undertake a minimum of 450 hours working as a trainee counselling psychologist.

You will be supported to complete therapeutic practice in cognitive behaviour and humanistic therapies with appropriate face-to-face clinical supervision.

There is a mix of written, oral, and videoed assessment. You will conduct a programmatic research project in an area related to counselling psychology, under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry to the programme, students will normally have:

  • A good honours degree which confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)* with the British Psychological Society (BPS) or other Undergraduate degree with relevant conversion course. This would normally be a minimum of 2:1 in Psychology; applicants with a lower degree but supplemented by additional Postgraduate study or relevant experience may also be considered.
  • A satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure.
  • A commitment to undertake personal therapy and clinical supervision.

*The evidence for GBC would normally be in the form of a letter from the BPS confirming that you have been granted GBC. If you are unsure whether your undergraduate degree confers GBC then please check with the BPS website under the list of accredited programmes.

Career outcomes

The DCounsPsy aims to offer you a range of attributes that will benefit your career. You will:

  • Become a competent, reflective, ethically sound, resourceful and informed practitioner of counselling psychology, able to work in therapeutic and non-therapeutic contexts.
  • Have the ability to value the imaginative, interpretative, personal and collaborative aspects of the practice of counselling psychology.
  • Be committed to ongoing personal and professional development and inquiry.
  • Understand, develop and apply models of psychological inquiry for the creation of new knowledge which is appropriate to the multi-dimensional nature of relationships between people.
  • Appreciate the significance of wider social, cultural, spiritual, political, and economic domains within which counselling psychology operates.
  • Adopt a questioning and evaluative approach to the philosophy, practice, research and theory which constitutes counselling psychology.
  • Develop and demonstrate communication, influencing, teaching and leadership skills by applying psychological knowledge and skills in a range of professional, clinical, organisational, and research contexts.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

Home/EU students

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £8,250 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £12,750 per year for International students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

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Interviews will be held in May/June each year (dates to be confirmed). An Open Evening will be held in March (dateto be confirmed).

Applications for the 2019 intake have now closed.

Applications for the 2020 intake will open on 6 Jan 2020

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