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Postgraduate Certificate in Existential Psychotherapy

Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2021
  • Study: Part-time
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Fee: September 2021: £9,750


*Please note as this is a part-time programme, we are not able to sponsor students for a Student visa.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Existential Psychotherapy (PGCEP) constitutes your final year of training and leads to professional registration as an existential psychotherapist through the Society for Existential Analysis of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

The training programme will take you on a transformative journey that will challenge your understanding of human existence and change the way you see yourself and relate to others.

You will learn how to employ a philosophical approach to explore and embrace the complexity of human existence. This phenomenological practice nurtures enquiry, radical openness, and a fresh gaze upon the world and human beings.

Experiential encounter exercises are underpinned by rigorous academic study. This combined approach will encourage you to reach beyond your cognitive and rational understanding of human existence in order to develop a more embodied therapeutic practice. It will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to connect with others in their ambiguity and complexity, and together begin a relational process of deep exploration.

Group seminars are designed to encourage you to question your own beliefs, values and principles. In these sessions, you will need to be courageous, to balance openness with circumspection and be willing to explore moments of discomfort with others in the group.

Personal and professional development sessions serve as an important element of your learning process. Through peer feedback and critical reflection, you will develop a deeper understanding of self in relation to others as well as their relationship to and use of issues such as power, freedom, responsibility, boundaries, limitations and strengths. This critical awareness will enable you to develop into a well-informed and ethical practitioner who able to work in different settings with a wide variety of clients.

Throughout your training, you’ll be expected to work with at least three adult clients on a minimum basis of once a week. For the award of PGCEP, you are required to complete a minimum of 100 clinical hours during the taught element of the programme. For UKCP accreditation, you are required to complete 450 clinical hours in total. The total you accrue will include the hours acquired during previous training.

You will also be expected to participate in weekly personal psychotherapy sessions with a UKCP-registered therapist.

As a qualified existential psychotherapist, you will hold a privileged position which requires humility and discernment. Our training will teach you how to uphold clinical standards of practice and work competently, humanely and ethically with the most vulnerable members of society. 


Teaching will run on one regular day each week, and consist of academic seminars, experiential exercises, training supervision and personal and professional development (PPD).

Programme content

  • Existential Philosophy Applied to Psychotherapy
  • Practice and Reflexivity

Application process

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • One letter of recommendation detailing professional/clinical experience
  • A copy of your CV/resumé. If this does not include details of professional/voluntary psychotherapy and counselling work experience, then please submit a separate statement detailing this experience.
  • A 700-1000 word personal statement outlining your background, your reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency


Annual Tuition fee



Non-refundable advance deposit


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, that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

You will also be liable for your own costs of personal therapy, professional supervision, and travel or other costs for your placement.

The library holds 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.

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

Teaching and assessment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching and assessment will take place online for the Summer 2021 Term. See Returning to Regent's and our FAQs for more information.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods include academic and practical seminars, small-group training supervision sessions, participation in personal and professional development groups, clinical practice guided by experienced professionals and your own personal therapy.

Contact hours and expected workload

Teaching will run on one regular day each week. You will also need to allocate time for independent study.

You’ll also be expected to work with at least three adult clients, two of which must be long-term, on a minimum basis of once a week throughout your training.

For the award of PGCEP, you are required to complete a minimum of 100 clinical hours during the taught element of the programme.

For UKCP accreditation, you are required to complete 450 clinical hours in total. The total you accrue will include the hours acquired during previous training (see MA Psychotherapy & Counselling).

You must also participate in weekly personal psychotherapy sessions with a UKCP-registered therapist. This is not included within the course fee and prices vary. You will also need to find your own therapist as it is not something that the University can provide.

Teaching staff

Training is led by expert practitioners who bring extensive clinical experience to the classroom. Our lecturers are research-active academics who frequently present and publish their work both nationally and internationally.


The assessment criteria is based on a portfolio of four pieces of evidence that demonstrate that you have successfully met the programme learning outcomes. You may also be tasked with other forms of assessment including written journals, oral presentations, video and audio recordings of your practice and interviews.

You will have the opportunity to submit all sections of your portfolio at appropriate intervals throughout your training in order to receive formative feedback. This will help you to develop your final version of your portfolio, which you will submit at the end of your degree.

Entry requirements

  • MA Psychotherapy & Counselling (taught pathway in Existential Psychotherapy) or a Postgraduate Diploma with the equivalent study of existential psychotherapy to the MAPC Existential pathway
  • A minimum of 200 client-contact hours in a formal clinical placement
  • A minimum of three years (120 sessions) regular individual psychotherapy
  • Interview
  • IELTS: Overall score 7.0 with 6.0 or above in all 4 components, or equivalent


Upon successful completion of the PGCEP, you will be eligible for professional registration with the Society for Existential Analysis of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

UKCP membership

The Society for Existential Analysis is an accrediting organisation within the Constructivist and Existential College of the UKCP. It registers graduates of the School’s Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy as UKCP-registered existential psychotherapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation

At the end of the course, you may have accrued enough training hours to apply for individual accreditation with the BACP. Please note that BACP also requires candidates to show evidence of 450 hours of supervised clinical practice. Application to BACP can only be done by the individual and the School is unable to play a role in this process.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Existential Psychotherapy