Postgraduate programmes

Existential Psychotherapy

Advanced Diploma

Focus on the question of existence rather than cognitive notions of self, and experience rather than theory.

Part Time
Psychotherapy & Psychology
  • NameExistential Psychotherapy
  • QualificationAdvanced Diploma
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Study modePart time
  • Duration2 years
  • Tuition fees£7,366 *
  • ScholarshipsNo *
  • Next start dateJanuary 2019
  • Future start dateJanuary 2020
  • Study abroadNo
  • ValidationNot applicable
  • *For more information please refer to the fees and financial support sections below.


* Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa. *


Training as an existential psychotherapist here at Regents’s University, London is a thoroughgoing preparation to meet the most isolated and vulnerable members of the public at their point of need. 

What is distinctive about our existential approach here at Regent’s, is the that question of what it means to be human is always beyond the reach of theory.  Theories and the techniques for treatment that arise from them will inevitably leave gaps due to what the theory leaves out or misses.

Our world-renowned training is founded upon the existential principle of the ultimate unfathomability of the question of the meaning of being.  We do not set ourselves up as experts who have it sussed and can treat the sufferer through to functionality.  Rather, with utmost humility which arises from the rigorous training on this programme, we encounter the other in their infinite complexity.  In this way, vitally and critically, we connect and once we are connected a healing process of deep exploration can begin.

The programme will prepare you for advanced professional work in both private and institutional practice. Successful completion will bring eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional bodies.


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This is a part-time course, designed to be completed in two years.

It consists of one full day’s attendance for 30 weeks a year, arranged into six 10-week modules.

There are two modules, one in each year. Each module comprises a number of module components (see below). The course follows a linear sequence, each successive module component building on the previous one. As such, the minimum period for a break in studies is one academic year to accommodate re-entry at the appropriate module in the sequence.

Additional Information

Clinical -placement
You are expected to work throughout the course, with normally three adult clients on a minimum once-weekly basis. At least one of these should be long-term. You must complete during the course a minimum of 200 hours of supervised clinical practice to qualify for the ADEP. This will count towards the total of 450 hours needed for UKCP membership.

Every student is required to undertake individual therapy with an approved UKCP, BPS [HPCP] or BPC -registered therapist throughout the duration of the course.



Year 1: Module 1

  • Body, Love and Sexuality
  • Existence and Therapy
  • Heidegger and Psychotherapy

Year 2: Module 2

  • Ethics and Existential Psychotherapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy and Critical Psychopathology
  • Intersubjectivity and Relatedness
  • Language and Existential Psychotherapy

See module descriptions

Study methods

The course consists of academic seminars, experiential seminars, small-group training supervisions, participation in personal and professional development groups, as well as clinical practice guided by experienced professionals.

You will also be in weekly individual psychotherapy with an approved UKCP, BPS [HPCP] or BPC -registered therapist throughout your training.

Academic Calendar

Assessment structure

Each of Modules 1 and 2 is assessed summatively via:

  • Academic paper (5,000 words)
  • Client Study (5,000 words)
  • Personal and Professional Development paper (5,000 words)

Students are assessed formatively via:

  • Student presentations
  • Observed practice
  • Qualities of participation
  • Clinical Portfolio

Students with disabilities

Some classes are delivered in teaching rooms accessed via stairs. If you have a condition that affects your mobility and you require ground floor rooms, or rooms with lift access, please notify Student Registry as soon as possible. You are also advised to contact the Disability Officer.

Future opportunities

The course will prepare you for advanced professional work in both private and institutional practice. Successful completion will bring eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional bodies.


UKCP membership 

The Society for Existential Analysis is an accrediting organisation within the Constructivist and Existential College of the UKCP, and registers graduates of the ADEP as UKCP registered existential psychotherapists.


BACP accreditation
At the end of Year 1, you may have enough training hours to apply for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Application to the BACP can only be done by the individual and the School is unable to play a role in this process.

Academic requirements

Completion of the taught components of the MA Psychotherapy & Counselling, or an equivalent master's level professional training in psychotherapy, counselling or counselling psychology.

A knowledge and understanding of existential philosophy commensurate with Masters level.

Personal qualities

Applicants are required to demonstrate emotional maturity and an ability to be self-reflective: to function effectively and ethically under pressure; to participate in ways which deepen levels of contemplation; and to manage conflict constructively.

Clinical experience and personal therapy

Completion of a minimum of 100 client-contact hours in a formal clinical placement, and completion of a minimum of two years regular individual psychotherapy.

English requirements

* Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa. *

If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English proficiency, such as IELTS with an overall score of 7.0

For more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from relevant university studies (i.e. Master’s Degree/PG Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • One letter of reference detailing your professional/clinical experience
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.A 1000-1500 word personal statement in support of your application. Please use the following points as guidance for its content: your background, your rationale for your choice of an existential approach to psychotherapy, your expectations from the programme and why you are a good candidate
  • A brief 500 word case discussion that illustrates your clinical work
  • Evidence that you have or will complete 100 clinical placement hours and a minimum of two years of regular individual psychotherapy
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2 Receive a response to your application

Your completed application along with all the relevant documentation will be assessed to determine whether you meet our entry requirements. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview day. These are normally group interviews.

Shortly after the interview date the Admissions team will notify you of the decision via email. 

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme. 

Fees January 2019

Annual tuition fee: £7,366

Home/EU students advance deposit: £1,000 (non-refundable)

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Annual fees for students commencing studies in spring will span financial years. Spring and autumn fees will be invoiced at the rate applicable for that term.

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