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Counselling Psychology, Doctorate

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #801 (WUR) Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
This Counselling Psychology programme at Teesside University delivers professional academic education combined with experiential training to produce graduates who are competent in delivering evidence-based psychological therapy.
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The Counselling Psychology programme at Teesside University emphasises a reflective practitioner approach, allowing the integration of psychological theory, skills and research alongside a highly developed capacity for self reflection and awareness. 

The core theoretical philosophy of the doctorate 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 programme provides the relevant qualification for graduates to practise as counselling psychologists. Counselling psychologists work in a wide number of settings and this course prepares graduates for careers in the NHS, the private sector and the public sector.

The programme team regularly receives feedback from employers including the local NHS Trusts. We have increased NHS placements for our trainees, and some trainees conduct their research within NHS settings.

Placement providers commented that our students are ‘enthusiasm, bring fresh ideas, are an additional resource and well prepared; they encourage reflection, undertake research and help us push our own practice’, which are all indicative of the transferable skills that you can take into your professional working life when you graduate.


This doctorate is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Graduates are eligible to apply for Chartered Counselling Psychologist Status.

Detailed Programme Facts

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    You can apply online for a research degree at any time; our enrolment dates for new research degree students are in October, December, March and May.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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
  • Psychodynamic 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • We welcome both UK and international applications; the minimum entry requirements for a research degree at Teesside University are a UK upper second-class honours degree (2:1) or higher, or an approved overseas equivalent in a related subject.
  • The research proposal is a key element of your application. It will give us an indication of your ability to undertake PGR study, assess the potential of the project and importantly whether we have sufficient expertise to provide supervision. The proposal will also be helpful for further developing the research.
  • A proposal should be at least 500 words minimum. It should be clear and concise and outline the research you wish to undertake. A template is provided.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13056 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39150 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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  • UK/EU: £6,550 for each 180 credits
  • International: £13,050 for each 180 credits

Living costs for Middlesbrough

  • 600 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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