University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology

The programme enables students to take a critical academic approach to theory, practice and research in psychotherapeutic and counselling psychology, and trains students to work as an independent professional; the programme aims to: Promote personal awareness and personal development; develop theoretical and psychological knowledge (including new and challenging perspectives); develop therapeutic skills, providing opportunities for supervised practice; foster an informed awareness of current professional concerns and debates (such as concerns with the definition of evidence-based practice); develop research knowledge and skills to this end the course promote an integrated approach to theory, professional practice and research; students time on the programme is divided into 2 days per week of taught modules, 2 days on placement (managed and normally set up by us) and 1 day to work on their own research project.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd class Honours degree in psychology and graduate basis for Chartered membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS); sufficient personal maturity and stability to cope with the demands of the programme; enhanced clearing from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS); non native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 7.0 or above (or equivalent).

Course modules

Throughout Year 1 you will take a number of academic and practice-oriented modules, including: Assessment and formulation; the context of counselling psychology practice; group supervision tutorials; life-span development; understanding human distress; qualitative and quantitative research methods; theoretical models of therapy (phenomenological and humanistic approaches); therapeutic skills training, practice and audit.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PsychD Full-time £ 7,575 per Academic year (home fees) 36 months
PsychD Full-time £ 17,125 per Academic year (overseas fees) 36 months
PsychD Full-time £ 7,575 per Academic year (EU fees) 36 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

Key information

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