Postgraduate programmes

Existential Psychotherapy

Advanced Diploma

Take a transformative journey in questioning the meaning of existence as preparation for healing with others.

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. *

Our training is founded upon the existential principle of the ultimate unfathomability of the question of the meaning of being. Human experience is far too complex to be explained by theory. Existential psychotherapy embraces this complexity and takes a philosophical approach, asking what it means to be human.

Combining rigorous academic study, of primary existential texts and experiential encounter exercises, you will develop a philosophical attitude and acquire a new vocabulary for contemplating human experience. Your learning will go beyond cognitive and rational understanding of yourself in relation to others towards a changed embodied way of making sense of experience.

This changed and more open understanding prepares you to connect the other in their ambiguity and complexity and together begin a healing process of deep exploration.

You will engage in a range of group seminars designed to help you question your own beliefs, values and principles. You will need to develop courage, openness and a willingness to be challenged by others in the group.

Expanding your horizons, this training will help you to work effectively and ethically with some of society's most isolated and vulnerable individuals.

This programme forms the final two years of training to become a UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered existential psychotherapist. You must have already completed an MA in Psychotherapy & Counselling, or an equivalent master's-level professional training, in order to be accepted onto the programme.


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This part-time programme starts in January and takes two years to complete.

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 programme follows a linear sequence, each successive module component building on the previous one. 

The programme requires you attend one full day of classes for 30 weeks each year. Each of the days you spend on campus is structured as follows:

  • Academic seminar
  • Experiential seminar
  • Small-group training supervision
  • Personal and professional development group


Additional Information

Clinical placement

You must complete a minimum of 200 hours of supervised clinical practice during the programme. This means meeting with three of your own adult clients at least once per week. At least one of these clients should be .

This will count towards the total of 450 hours needed for UKCP membership.

Individual Therapy

You are required to undertake weekly individual therapy with an approved UKCP, BPS (HPCP) or BPC registered therapist throughout your training.


Year 1: Module 1

Academic seminars focus on the following topics, which are then explored in experiential seminars and group work.

  • Heidegger and Existential Psychotherapy
  • Language and Existential Psychotherapy
  • The Body, Love and Sexuality

Year 2: Module 2

  • Ethics and Existential Psychotherapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy and Critical Psychopathology
  • Inter-Subjectivity and Relatedness


See module descriptions

You will be taught through a combination of:

  • Academic seminars- discussions of philosophical texts and academic papers
  • Experiential seminars - guided exercises allowing time to interact with others
  • Small-group training supervisions - methodological training with no more than four-students per teacher
  • Personal and professional development group - a facilitated group session encouraging personal reflection

Alongside this you will undertake independent study, a clinical placement and individual therapy.

Academic Calendar

Contact hours and expected workload

The programme requires you to attend one full day of classes for 30 weeks each year. For the January 2019 intake, these classes will take place every Thursday, 10:00-17:00.

The workload for each of the six terms:

200 learning hours per term  
Directed learning 50 hours
Lectures 15
Seminars 35
Collaborative Learning 11 hours
Personal and Professional Development Group 10
Tutorials (1:1 and group)  1
Self-directed learning 139 hours
Preparation for class 60
Self-study after class 20
Preparation for assessments 40
Assessment 19
Total 200 hours


Methods of assessment

Each module will be assessed through:

  • Academic papers (5,000 words)
  • Client studies (5,000 words)
  • Personal and professional development papers (5,000 words)

You will also be assessed on:

  • Presentations
  • Observed practice
  • Qualities of participation
  • Clinical Portfolio

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions. 

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us

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.

Alumni of the programme have gone on to become registered existential psychotherapists and work in:

  • The NHS
  • Private hospitals
  • Private practices
  • Mental health organisations

Some choose to specialise in a particular area, such as:

  • Bereavement counselling
  • Drug and alcohol
  • University counselling
  • Researchers and authors in Existential Psychotherapy
  • Teachers of Existential Psychotherapy


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. 

Annual Tuition fee

Starting January 2019: £7,366


Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000


What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.


What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips and visits, that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

You will also need to budget for the following:

  • Psychotherapy sessions (min 40 sessions per year) - the cost is usually £50+ per session
  • Private supervisors (where necessary) - the cost is usually £50+ per session


When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing


Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases


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