• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The core theoretical philosophy of the Counselling Psychology programme at Teesside University is that of an integrative/relational stance - recognising the primacy of the therapeutic relationship. As such, the course is an integrated programme of study, utilising critical appraisal of psychological theory, practice and research.

The first year of the full time programme includes Level 7 modules and an introduction to the broad field of counselling psychology, giving a strong grounding in the philosophy and theories of this discipline. You also begin your Advanced Independent Work (AIW) research process.

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic modules provide the theory and techniques associated with these therapeutic orientations. During the first year, qualitative and quantitative research methods are covered and you begin therapeutic practice. This is when you form your first supervisory contracts with clinical supervisor(s) on placement. This emphasises the development of core therapeutic skills. 


The doctorate is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK. This doctorate is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Concepts in Counselling Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy and Practice
  • Research Methods for Counselling Psychologists
  • Therapeutic Practice 
  • Clinical Workshops
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Progress, Clinical Audit and Evaluation
  • Counselling Psychology in Context
  • Doctorate Advanced Independent Work
  • Integrative and Relational Approaches
  • Professional Roles and Relationships

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • A good honors degree in psychology (this should normally be a 2.1 or above, although applicants with a lower degree classification and other postgraduate qualifications/experience are also considered)
  • Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society
  • Relevant therapeutic/counseling training to at least certificate level or equivalent
  • Some relevant counseling-related experience is also essential
  • An enhanced check for regulated activity (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check)
  • A commitment to undertake and fund personal therapy and clinical supervision.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12552 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37650 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6552 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19650 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Middlesbrough

  • 600 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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