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Institute of Human Sciences

Counselling Psychology

Professional Doctorate Part-time 5 years, Full-time 3 years

Our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a fully- accredited practitioner training course leading to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) through a programme of personal and professional development designed to develop competencies in the assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of complex mental health issues.

Our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a fully- accredited practitioner training course leading to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) through a programme of personal and professional development designed to develop competencies in the assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of complex mental health issues.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award Professional Doctorate
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (5 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Institute of Human Sciences

Why choose this course?

Our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a fully- accredited practitioner training course leading to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) through a programme of personal and professional development designed to develop competencies in the assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of complex mental health issues.

The vitality of the course comes from an experienced and supportive course team, passionate about empowerment in mental health. A foundation in humanist values, with emphasis on an empathic therapist-client relationship as central to mental health work, allows an integrative framework for development of a range of clinical, research and reflective skills. Through the integration of theoretical training, research processes, critical approaches to psychopathology and reflective working you will learn to develop an integrative method of professional practice incorporating the latest developments in evidence-based practice at the forefront of mental health-care.  






What happens on the course?

Course structure

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.


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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Our facilities include premium quality media suites, postgraduate and researcher-only learning suites, and specialist library support to enhance learning and reflective practice. We have developed a unique user-friendly online course guide and support forum, providing a clear understanding of the purpose and outline

of the entire course, designed to allow course documentation to evolve and meet the ever changing needs of trainees. We offer support for developing presentation skills at the annual Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) conference, in addition to funding for attendance.
The Counselling Psychology staff team is heavily engaged with the Division of Counselling Psychology and committed to furthering the profession to meet the ever-diversifying demands of professional practice. The core team shares responsibility for the running of the programme, and alternate directorship between teaching and research direction.

In addition to the team’s research and teaching expertise, we integrate the work of specialist placement supervisors and experts within the profession to work with us in providing the training experience.

Research team
  • There are opportunities to research topics across applied disciplines, including: applicability in clinical, counselling, health, forensic, occupational and organisational settings; disabilities; hearing impairments; cognitive, developmental, and cyber psychology; eating issues and eating ‘disorders’; mental health; and complex client presentations.
  • We have a large team of expert research supervisors, experienced in qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods. They are a friendly and motivated department team, consisting of counselling psychologists and a wide range of applied psychologists experienced in researching clinical issues.

The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology, health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £8850 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £4425 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.


>"The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is undergoing curriculum development and internal revalidation. New candidates will be transferred to new version of our programme following HCPC accreditation and BPS approval."<


  • Eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (GBC)
  • Normally a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology or its equivalent
  • Normally possession of a qualification in counselling at least to certificate level. 
  • To have spent normally at least six months in relevant paid or voluntary work, using appropriate skills with clients on a face-to-face basis. This experience should normally have taken place within the last 5 years.
  • A good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0 or its equivalent)
  • Appropriate reference(s)
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check) (previously CRB Clearance)
Note: Overseas applicants must provide confirmation from the BPS that their degree has been recognised, and must normally possess a recognised qualification in counselling at least to certificate level accredited by a professional body. Please also note that to be eligible to apply for HCPC registration upon graduation you will need a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. Enhanced DBS clearance is needed prior to entry onto the course, which must be self-funded.
  • Successful completion of the selection process to include: interview, essay, case study, group exercise and synopsis of research.
Personal Requirements All of the following:
  • Self-awareness.
  • Ability to make use of and reflect on life experience.
  • Capacity to cope with emotional demands of the course.
  • Ability to cope with intellectual and academic requirements.
  • Ability to form a helping relationship.
  • Ability to be self-critical and use both positive and negative feedback.
  • Some awareness of the nature of prejudice and oppression of minority groups.


British Psychological Society (BPS)

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at or here

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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