Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Doctorate), Ph. D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13800
    Tuition (Year)
    4121
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling is an advanced qualification enabling graduates to practise as a psychotherapist or counsellor in a wide range of settings. Undertaken over three years of full-time study or six years of part-time study, it combines theoretical insights from the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions and practical experience gained in a range of counselling agencies with a substantial research dissertation.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The highest level of professional qualification available, the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling combines theoretical insights from the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions with practical experience gained in a range of counselling agencies and a 40,000 word research dissertation.

Delivered over three years of full-time or six years of part-time study, this programme qualifies you to work as a psychotherapist or counsellor in a wide range of contexts, and prepares you for accreditation with a relevant professional counselling body (e.g. COSCA or BACP). It also enables you to develop a practice specialism through academic study and practice placement experience.

In addition to highly-developed therapeutic and interpersonal skills, graduates of this programme will possess a sound understanding of research epistemologies and methodologies, and will therefore be able to critically evaluate research findings, to apply research findings to their therapeutic work, and to design and execute research projects which contribute to the knowledge base for counselling and psychotherapy.

The next new intake for the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling will be in 2017.

Accreditation

This professional doctorate prepares candidates for accreditation with a relevant professional counselling body (e.g. COSCA or BACP).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic, Professional

Programme Structure

Structure

The Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling combines taught courses with practice placement experience and a 40,000 word supervised doctoral thesis.

There will be an individually-tailored balance between taught practice, professional development and research components, plus a practice-based research project.

Year 1 courses
  • Beginnings in Counselling Practice
  • Ethics in Counselling Practice
  • Between Counselling and Research 1: Approaches, Issues and Debates
  • The Counselling Relationship: Theory, Practice and Process
  • Developing Narratives of Self
  • The Group in the Development of Self and Others: A person-centred experience
  • Difference, Diversity and Power in Counselling Practice
Year 2 courses
  • From Two Person to Three Person to the Group: A Psychodynamic Perspective
  • Psychological Vulnerabilities and Distress in Counselling Practice
  • Between Counselling and Research 2: Qualitative Methodologies
  • Transitions, Endings and Beginnings
Practice components

Students are required to complete 150 hours of supervised client work in a practice placement to gain this qualification. We guarantee Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) students a placement in our own dedicated counselling service, Hope Park Counselling Centre, and we also have excellent links with a range of agencies across Scotland, and can support students to find a suitable practice placement within one of these agencies.

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Academic Requirements

  • Evidence of personal and professional readiness to undertake counselling education, provided in the form of a completed Stage One application form
  • Evidence of substantial experience in helping roles such as counselling, teaching, social work, nursing, mental health practice, applied psychology, voluntary work with a crisis helpline, or equivalent.
  • Successful interview, which can take place face-to-face, by telephone or by webcam.
  • An undergraduate degree equivalent to an upper second class honours in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy OR relevant professional qualifications equivalent to an upper second class honours degree OR, exceptionally, where an applicant has an undergraduate degree at upper second class honours level or above in an area not considered relevant to counselling and psychotherapy, they may be admitted at the discretion of the programme director
  • A clear Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check, which ensures applicants do not have any criminal convictions which would make them unsuitable for work with vulnerable adults or children. You do not have to attach this to your application - the University will conduct an Enhanced Disclosure check.
  • English language requirements (IELTS 7.0+ or equivalent) apply to students whose first language is not English or whose first degree was not taught in English. This English language requirement is higher than the standard College requirement of 6.5, as language skills are particularly pertinent in counselling and students will be required to communicate verbally and in writing at a high level from the start of the programme

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13800 International
  • GBP 4121 EU/EEA

Funding

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/postgraduate

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