University of Roehampton

University of Roehampton

Counselling Psychology

This programme is well established, has an excellent reputation and is taught by experienced teachers, practitioners and researchers. The practitioner doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a three-year, full-time professional training programme accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). It is based in a relational, integrative model of practice, and provides doctoral level training in psychological methods, theory and research inquiry.

Entry requirements

All candidates entering the programme must have a 1st degree or conversion degree in psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) with the BPS, and of a standard which indicates their suitability for work at doctoral level, normally a good upper 2nd or 1st Class Honours degree. Overseas candidates must establish eligibility for GBC via the BPS Admissions Office before they can be accepted on the programme. All candidates for the programme must include a letter from the BPS which confirms their GBC status with their application. Candidates must also have relevant and appropriate experience of working in an emotionally demanding helper role. Candidates must have completed at least a basic training in counselling skills before commencing the programme. The selection process aims to ensure that students admitted to the programme are likely to complete it successfully. Applicants who fulfil entry requirements will be invited for interview. The selection process will include individual and group interviews. Detailed guidelines and criteria for each interview process are provided to ensure fairness and effectiveness. The interviews will be conducted by members of the teaching team. For each interview, candidates will be rated according to specified criteria. The available places will be offered following the rank ordering of ratings. Candidates will also have to submit a 1000-word doctoral research proposal. Candidates who are considered suitable but not rated highly enough to be offered one of the available places may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates need to be: Academically able to succeed at doctoral level; able to develop their professional practice to doctoral level; mature, responsible persons with a high degree of integrity as they are required to work with vulnerable clients and to cope with the emotional demands of working with clients in distress; open-minded and able to accept other people's perspectives in order to avoid imposing their views on clients; self-reflective, able to reflect on their responses to and effects on others, aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, and open to challenge, as a requirement for professional learning and development; aware of the demands of the training and their reasons for following this career, and aware of the implications of working with people in distress; able to relate to others and to demonstrate a good level of interpersonal skills; proficient in the English language and able to communicate complex ideas.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PsychD Full-time September 2016 - 3 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,670 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 12,500 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,670 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,670 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,670 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Whitelands College Wandsworth SW15 4JD South East

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