University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Counselling Studies

This course enables students to conduct in-depth independent research on a topic of their choice. Counselling and psychotherapy has a long-standing commitment to original empirical and theoretical research that engages critically with the practices of counselling and psychotherapy. The University is especially keen to encourage research concerned with the interface between counselling, psychotherapy and social, cultural and political life, and research that draws directly on practitioners' own engagement in therapeutic work with clients. The research portfolio is highly interdisciplinary; the Department specialises in qualitative, reflexive and critical research approaches while welcoming other approaches to this field.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in any subject and/or a postgraduate qualification in counselling; applicants require a research proposal and references; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 13,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time £ 6,550 per Academic year (overseas fees) 6 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,026 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

PG Research Secretary
Telephone number: 
0131 651 3967