Doctorate of Counselling Psychology DCounsPsy*

This programme satisfies the educational standards for chartered membership as a Counselling Psychologist with the BPS, and full membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology. Graduates are also eligible to apply for registration as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. The programme is subject to BPS and HCPC accreditation.

York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 19 Full-time Home & EU students: £7,550 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time
Subject to final approval

Course overview

This programme will be accredited as conferring eligibility for chartered membership as a Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and for registration as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. There is an emphasis on the cognitive behavioural and humanistic approaches in the development of counselling and psychotherapy skills. The programme includes psychological assessment; psychotherapeutic interventions for adults, adolescents, children, couples, groups and families; clinical research methods; ethics and professional practice; a doctoral research dissertation; and a minimum of 450 hours of placement in clinical settings. Students will also undertake modules that develop the professional skills required of leaders and supervisors, and for working in diverse, multi-disciplinary teams.

Course structure



Level 1

Compulsory modules:

  • DCP112 – Counselling & Psychotherapy Skills
  • DCP113 - Psychological Assessment Theories & Practice
  • DCP110 - Professional Practice in Counselling Psychology
  • DCP122 - Individual Psychotherapy
  • DCP121 - Research Methods in Counselling Psychology
  • DCP123 - Psychological Interventions Over the Lifespan

All modules are worth 30 credits.

Level 2

Compulsory modules:

  • DCP212 - Group Psychotherapy
  • DCP211 – Doctoral Dissertation 1
  • DCP210 - Placement 1
  • DCP222 - Psychological Interventions for Couples and Families
  • DCP221 – Doctoral Dissertation 2
  • DCP220 - Placement 2

All modules are worth 30 credits.

Level 3

Compulsory modules

  • DCP312 - Psychopathology & Advanced Psychotherapy Process
  • DCP311 – Doctoral Dissertation 3
  • DCP310 - Placement 3
  • DCP323 - Professional Counselling Psychology 
  • DCP321 – Doctoral Dissertation 4
  • DCP320 - Placement 4      

All modules are worth 30 credits.

Teaching & Assessment

The curriculum is inclusive and accessible and recognises that training to be a Counselling Psychologist is an active, constructive and contextual process.  Complementing the didactic teaching, seminars, scaffolded skills-practice sessions, and virtual learning environment (i.e., Moodle), will be substantial placement activities (a minimum of 450 hours working as a trainee counselling psychologist). Students 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 (e.g., theoretical papers, case reports), oral (e.g., case presentations), and videoed assessment. The programme includes conducting a programmatic research project in an area related to counselling psychology under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

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.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The tuition fee for 2018 entry to this postgraduate course is £7550 per annum for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.


Overseas 2016 / 17

The tuition fee for 2018 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,500 per annum for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the  webpages.


How to Apply

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now link. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

Apply Now: Full-time

The 2018 Application cycle will close on 27 April 2018.

Interviews for successful applicants will take place on 25 May 2018 and 8 June 2018.

Decisions relating to programme places and waiting list places will be confirmed once all interviews have been held.

Information sessions will be held on the afternoon of Friday 20 April 2018.

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