Professional Doctorate of Counselling Psychology DCounsPsy

This programme provides the theoretical, clinical and research training for a career in Counselling Psychology. Application for accreditation has been submitted to British Psychological Society.

York St John University
Course fees
2019-20 Full-time Home & EU students: £8250 per annum; International (non EU) students: £12750 per annum.
3 years full-time
Start date
September 2019
Psychological & Social Sciences

Course overview

The programme places an emphasis on both cognitive-behavioural and humanistic approaches to the development of counselling and psychotherapy skills. This 3 year doctorate includes training in psychological assessment; psychotherapeutic interventions for adults, adolescents, children, couples, groups and families; clinical research methods; ethics and professional practice; a doctoral research dissertation; and requires 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.

For more information read our DCounPsy Programme Prospectus 2018

Interviews will be held on Friday 31 May and Friday 4 June.

Attend an Open Information Evening on Friday 1 March 6.00pm-8.00pm 

Book your place

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.

Disability Advice

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of disability advice 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.

Visit York St John.

Discover life as a York St John student by visiting us. You’ll be able to explore our beautiful city-centre campus, meet our friendly staff and find out more about your chosen course.

Visit us

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

2019-20 Full-time Home & EU students: £8,250 per annum

Overseas 2019 / 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 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 International webpages.

How to Apply

Interviews will be held on Friday 31 May and Friday 4 June.

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 - 2019 Entry (full-time)

Ask a question

Do you have a question about this course? Fill out our form to send a question to our Admissions team. Alternatively, you can call us on 01904 876922.

Cookie Settings