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Psychotherapy and Counselling, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) ,
The Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling from The University of Edinburgh is an advanced professional training, meeting recognised standards for psychotherapy and counselling training and education. 

About

Designed to meet the needs of both international and local students, the Psychotherapy and Counselling programme from The University of Edinburgh provides a route to a qualification in psychotherapy and counselling at doctoral level. It contains a recognised qualification to practise as a psychotherapist or counsellor, and combines theoretical insights from the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions with practical experience gained in a range of psychotherapy and counselling agencies and advanced research engagement.

Studying at a world-class institution, you will benefit from outstanding resources to support your learning on this established and recognised programme. Learning is facilitated by core tutors who are experienced practitioners of counselling and psychotherapy, as well as by clinical tutors and practice supervisors who help students reflect on their therapeutic work. 

A distinctive feature of this programme is the opportunity to gain practice experience at a range of counselling agencies, including our own dedicated placement agency, Hope Park Counselling Centre, one of very few such research and practice centres in the UK.

Career opportunities

The Professional Doctorate of Psychotherapy and Counselling is the highest level of qualification available in this area. It enables graduates to practise as counsellors or therapists in the UK, and in other countries with equivalent professional and academic standards. Graduates will be in a position to gain positions as practitioners, counselling educators, managers and academics working in a range of settings, including private, statutory and voluntary or non-government sectors.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 84 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This doctoral degree incorporates professional validation within the field of counselling and psychotherapy. It is offered full time over four years or part time over seven years. The programme provides a high level of student-tutor contact and close supervision of both psychotherapy and counselling practice and research, in line with professional and academic requirements. The programme also allows for several alternative exit awards for students who are unable to complete either the academic or the professional components of the programme.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class
Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class 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

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy. You should also have substantial relevant experience of working in helping roles in counselling or a cognate area, such as education, social work, nursing, mental health practice, applied psychology or equivalent.

We will also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy with references confirming your aptitude for study at postgraduate level.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19700 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    18100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18100 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Part-time fees:
  • Home/EU: £3,920
  • Overseas: £3,920

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

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