This doctoral training programme aims to develop you as a highly skilled, reflexive psychologist practitioner and researcher.
This programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS), you will study three approaches to counselling therapy:
You will gain in depth knowledge and skill in Existential-Phenomenological approaches to therapy which emphasise subjective lived experience and take a holistic, relational view of human nature and its predicaments. Staff at Regent’s have particular expertise in Existential approaches to psychotherapy. Trainees also learn second- and third-wave approaches to CBT as well gaining a working knowledge of psychodynamic therapy.
For the duration of the programme, you will also undertake supervised clinical placements as a trainee counselling psychologist. Throughout your placements you will keep a detailed clinical portfolio that will be regularly reviewed and discussed with your personal tutor.
Your placement may be within:
You will also produce a piece of original doctoral research, which forms the main assessment at the end of the programme.
The DPsych programme is validated by the Open University, UK and accredited by the BPS for a five-year period. More information about the Open University validation.
The DPsych training takes place over three years of full-time study. Each year consists of three trimesters of 10 weeks (including one reading week), with optional workshops, conferences and seminars throughout the year focusing on research and other specialist topics.
Attendance days are Mondays and Tuesdays for first year students, Mondays for second year students and Tuesdays for third year students.
Clinical Practice Placement
Throughout your training, you will undertake clinical practice placements for a minimum of one day per week, practising as a trainee counselling psychologist under clinical supervision. Some trainees undertake additional external clinical supervision to support their practice during the course of the training. We provide a variety of workshops and seminars, together with weekly small-group tutorials throughout the year where client material can also be explored and discussed. Detailed placement records and supervisor evaluations are regularly reviewed by your dedicated personal tutor, to support your progress in developing clinical and professional competencies.
A CBT placement and a placement in an NHS setting are two of the programme’s placement requirements to support trainees’ future employability. Trainees are also encouraged to find placements that support existential and phenomenological ways of working throughout their training.
Our trainees work in a wide variety of placement settings, including but not limited to: NHS primary care and Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services; NHS secondary care services; Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs); Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and other organisations working with children and young people, for instance in schools; third-sector organisations; psychotherapy departments and independent psychotherapy organisations; substance misuse services; eating disorder services, learning disability services; student counselling services; bereavement and hospice settings; and organisational settings and employee assistance programmes (EAPs).
The programme provides full support for trainees in sourcing and developing their placement portfolio throughout the programme via the personal tutor system and placements function.
Your doctoral training culminates in the submission of a three-part doctoral portfolio, which is examined by viva voce. This doctoral portfolio consists of an introduction; your final third-year clinical practice paper; and a doctoral research thesis of no more than 40,000 words.
The DPsych at Regent’s has been commended by the British Psychological Society for its collaborative approach to learning and for its creative, innovative teaching methods. The teaching on the programme is interactive, with workshops, seminars and tutorials.
Contact hours and expected workload
You will attend your clinical placement(s) for a minimum of one day per week for the duration of the programme. You will need to complete a minimum of 450 hours of supervised clinical practice over the three years.
You will also be required to remain in once-weekly individual psychotherapy with an appropriately qualified therapist who is registered with a recognised professional body throughout your training, completing at least 120 hours over the three years.
The programme team is made of a number of practitioner psychologists who are also portfolio practitioners. While all working on the programme at Regent’s, they all have roles outside of the university including private practice, research, writing, supervision, academic consultancy and external examining. Please look at the programme team’s staff profiles where you can read about their academic backgrounds, research interests and details about their current roles on the programme.
Dr Elaine Kasket is the Head of Programmes for Counselling Psychology and is currently on sabbatical. Dr Anna Butcher and Dr Russel Ayling are the Course Leaders and currently Interim Heads of Programmes; Anna leads the academic side of the programme and Russel the research side. Dr Isabel Henton is Senior Lecturer, Practice and Placements Lead, and currently Interim Course Leader. Professor Martin Milton is Professor of Counselling Psychology; Dr Rosemary Lodge is Senior Lecturer; Dr Andreas Vassiliou and Helen Damon are Lecturers.
We also regularly welcome a number of regular Visiting Lecturers, Guest Speakers, and staff from the wider faculty to the programme, who make important contributions to research supervision, doctoral thesis examination, and teaching.
Methods of assessment
For your final assessment, you will submit a doctoral portfolio made up of:
You will then have a viva voce (oral examination) on your portfolio.
Open University Validation
The DPsych Counselling Psychology programme is validated by the Open University. For more information, please read the Regulations for validated awards of the Open University and the Student's Guide for OU Validated Programmes.
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.
This programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS) and on completion you will be able to apply for Chartered Membership with them. You will also be eligible for full membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP).
This will enable you to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Counselling Psychologist. This is a legal requirement of anyone who wants to practice under this title.
In your final year, the programme focuses on leadership, specialisation and employability, to help you secure a successful career. Past graduates have gone on to work as counselling psychologists within the NHS and private practice, as well as becoming practitioners in a range of settings, and academia.
In accordance with the BPS and HCPC standards and criteria for entry, applicants to the programme are required to meet the following entry requirements, which are assessed during the interview and selection procedure.
We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for: A completed Undergraduate degree studied in English from a majority English speaking country. IELTS: 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component.
If you are in London, we offer all offer holders a free on-campus English diagnostic test. This test must be arranged in advance to book a test, please contact our Admissions Team. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only
This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.
For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.
Next interview date: TBC
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 in person (interviews cannot take place over the phone or online).
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.
Read our Admissions Policy
Information for international students
If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.
Fees September 2019
Annual tuition fee: £12,500
Thesis submission fee: £2,700
Non-refundable advance deposit
Home/EU students: £1,000
Non-EU students: £4,000
Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £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, 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 various professional and academic activities you will be required to undertake during your studies. These are listed below with approximate costs for each and each may be subject to change:
When are fees paid?
Fees are payable in the following instalments:
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Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships
Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to enrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you. Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees.