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  • Qualification

    DCounsPsych - Doctorate in Counselling Psychology

  • Location

    Teesside University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Course overview

This programme delivers professional academic education combined with experiential training to produce graduates who are competent in delivering evidence-based psychological therapy.

The programme emphasizes a reflective practitioner approach, allowing the integration of psychological theory, skills and research alongside a highly developed capacity for self-reflection and awareness. The core theoretical philosophy of the doctorate is that of an integrative/relational stance - recognizing the primacy of the therapeutic relationship. As such, the course is an integrated programme of study, utilizing critical appraisal of psychological theory, practice and research.

Professional accreditation

The doctorate is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK, and graduates are eligible to apply for HCPC registration. It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practise using a title protected by the Health Professions Order 2001 (for example counselling psychologist) is on the HCPC register.

How you learn:

Teaching and learning includes lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, case discussion groups, skills coaching sessions, supervised practice and personal development sessions.

The combination of learning and teaching methods encourages self-directed, trainee-led enquiry. The emphasis is on integrating theoretical knowledge and research with clinically relevant practice experiences on placement. Placements are offered in the third sector and in regional NHS services. You are supported to obtain suitable placements.

In addition to the standard forms of learning, you are expected to learn through experiential models as a result of receiving clinical and research-based supervision.

How you are assessed:

A variety of assessment methods is utilised throughout the programme to emphasise the broad range of skills being assessed. Assessment methods include an unseen ethics examination, critical review essays, case studies, process reports, research proposals, a thesis, oral presentation, written evaluations, supervisory reports, case work, client logs, evidence files and practical workbooks. It is expected that by using a variety of methods aimed at assessing academic and research skills alongside practical clinical skills, you are given every opportunity to demonstrate your skills.

Career opportunities

Counselling psychologists work across a diversity of health and social care environments (for example within the NHS, outpatient and inpatient units, community organisations, educational institutions, forensic settings), and in independent practice.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 39,150overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Teesside University, Middlesbrough

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  • Campus address

    Teesside University, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, Tees Valley, TS1 3BX, England

To get students off to the best possible start, Teesside University meets international students at the airport and takes them to their accommodation for free.
With an English language café and orientation activities throughout the year, Teesside University is experienced in helping international students feel at home.
Teesside University offers a range of scholarships to international and EU students, making the transition to UK study more affordable.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    59th out of 118 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    101 47%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75 75%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.79 76%



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