The doctorate is studied full-time over 3 years, or part-time over 5 years. The course begins with a two-day residential at the end of September, which includes an overnight hotel stay providing the opportunity to meet members of your cohort, other year groups and staff members in an informal setting. Welcome
Week activities and course induction follows, bringing key skills in preparation for the course, clinical placement and research.
After induction, teaching is structured per week as follows for the full-time route*:
Semester 1: September to December 3 University days, 1 day independent reading
Semester 2: January to April 1 University day, 3 days placement, 1 day independent research
Summer period: April to September 3 days placement, 1 day independent research
*The part time route involves splitting Year 1 & 2. Due to practicalities of part-time study, application to this route may only be made by exception as it requires increased independent self-direction. Applicants will need an existing MSc Psychology to be considered for this route.
The course fee also includes:
- Residential stay at the beginning of the course.
- BPS accredited psychometric training (Level A) and critical approaches to using tests in clinical settings.
- EMDR training (Stage One) - accredited training.
- Weekly clinical discussion groups, focusing on widening skills.
- Extensive electronic journal and ebook library.
- Teaching input from leaders in the field of counselling psychology.
- Training in leadership, LGBT issues, religion and spirituality, assessment and treatment of sex offenders, neuropsychology: working with clients suffering brain injury, psychopharmacology: drugs and medications, therapy in forensic settings, trauma focused CBT, introduction to providing supervision.
- Attendance at the annual BPS Division of Counselling Psychology conference, including accommodation and funding for resources if you choose to present.
- We also offer a wide range of additional training and research activities within the department, the majority of which are free for trainees.
Year 1 - Placement Preparation | Psychological Theory and Therapy: Humanism | Psychological Theory and Therapy: CBT | Conducting and Interpreting Research | Personal and Professional Development 1 | Clinical Practice and Workshops 1: Psychopathology, Theory and Practice.
Year 2 - Psychological Theory and Practice: Psychodynamic and Contemporary Approaches | Theoretical Approaches: Lifespan, Developmental Psychology and Contexts | Personal and Professional Development 2 | Clinical Practice and Workshops 2: Issues and Skills in Counselling Psychology | Doctoral Thesis.
Year 3 - Psychological Theory and Therapy: Systemic and Family Therapy | Personal and Professional Development 3 | Clinical Practice and Workshops 3: Professional Issues | Doctoral Thesis.