Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies DCounsPsych
Key Course Facts
This unique counselling psychology programme, with the existential approach as it’s main modality, is a joint programme with Middlesex University and on successful completion graduates are eligible for BPS accreditation as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and registration with HCPC as a practitioner psychologist.
At the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, we consider counselling psychology and psychotherapy to be important evolving professions, which have an essential role to play in the future of mental health services.
The Doctorate in Counselling Psychology programme at NSPC will involve helping you to acquire the right qualification and expertise in this field whilst enjoying its interconnections with other mental health professions. This training involves a substantial period of supervised practice, a sound knowledge of underlying theory, and the development of critical research skills. Theory, practice, self-development and research will therefore be intertwined continuously throughout the programme of studies, so as to bring together all the important elements through concerted work in supervised clinical placements and at our training institution.
We value personal maturity greatly and will seek to enable you to draw from your understanding of your life experiences in becoming a practitioner. Indeed life crises often represent a special opportunity for personal development and NSPC students will be expected to use individual therapy and personal and professional development groups to achieve such reflection on and understanding of their own experiences in light of the theories and practice of counselling psychology and psychotherapy.
The existential philosophy of the school provides a disciplined philosophical framework for this integration. The existential approach does not focus on what has gone wrong in a person’s life, but on how a person may discover a deeper sense of being through the experience of anguish and a sense of meaning through tackling life’s challenges. The teaching and training provided by NSPC incorporates these basic values by recognising that life experience, in addition to formal academic and practical professional training and alongside careful research together form the four foundations on which students need to build in becoming an accomplished existential counselling psychologist and psychotherapist.
NSPC aims to provide its students with every opportunity to work towards professional competence and academic excellence in an integrated way.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
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- Graduate Degrees
- Undergraduate Degrees
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A good Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, · Graduate basis for chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), · An introductory course in psychotherapy and counselling such as the Foundation Course offered by the Existential Academy, · Some counselling practice, either professionally or in a voluntary position, for instance with Childline or the Samaritans, · Personal suitability for the course to be demonstrated at interview, · Fluent English (ELTS for study score of 7.0 or TOEFL score of 87).
Visa Requirements for International StudentsVisa requirement
All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.
International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.Permission to work while studying
Middlesex University is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.
Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)
After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.
Tuition Fees Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies DCounsPsych
Additional fee information
8 modules over 3 terms = £7520
10 modules over 3 terms = £9400
11 modules = £10340
10 modules = £9400
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
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About Middlesex University
Established in 1973, Middlesex University is located on the outskirts of London, roughly 40 minutes away by Underground. The university is well-known for attracting large numbers of international students every year, allowing for a diverse experience for everyone involved. In terms of on-campus activities, Middlesex U applicants can look forward to an award-winning Student Union that goes the extra mile when it comes to organising events around campus and bringing people together.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Psychological Therapy PgDip||University of Sussex||-||-||-||-||-||-||Brighton||On campus Full-time|
|Mental Health: Psychological Therapies PgDip||Queen Mary University of London||-||-||-||-||-||-||London||On campus Part-time|
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PgDip||Goldsmiths, University of London||-||-||-||-||-||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PgDip||University of Hertfordshire||-||-||-||-||-||-||Hatfield||On campus Part-time|
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (Anxiety and Depression) PgDip||University of Southampton||-||-||-||£10029||-||-||Southampton||On campus Full-time|
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (Education Mental Health Practitioner) PgDip||University of Southampton||-||-||-||-||-||Southampton||On campus Part-time|
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PgDip||Buckinghamshire New University||-||-||-||£8950||£13000||-||High Wycombe||On campus Full-time|
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PgDip||Newcastle University||-||-||-||-||-||-||Newcastle||On campus Part-time|
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy High Intensity PgDip||University of Birmingham||-||-||-||-||-||-||Birmingham||On campus Full-time|
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PgDip||Coventry University||-||-||-||-||-||-||Coventry||On campus Full-time|
|Counselling Psychology - Postgraduate Certificate GradCert||City University London||87%||5%||15%||£4320||£7580||172||London||On campus Part-time|
|Counselling Psychology ProfDoc||University of the West of England||-||-||-||-||-||-||Bristol||On campus Part-time|
|Applied Forensic Psychology with Counselling MSc||University of Bath||-||-||-||-||-||-||Bath||On campus Full-time|
|Psychology with Counselling Skills MA (Hons)||University of Aberdeen||87%||5%||15%||-||-||172||Aberdeen||On campus Full-time|
|Psychology and Counselling Skills FD||South Devon College||93%||-||5%||£8400||-||-||Paignton||On campus Full-time|
|Counselling Psychology DPsych DPsych||City University London||93%||-||5%||£10080||£15390||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|Counselling Psychology DProf||London Metropolitan University||93%||-||5%||£9550||£17000||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|Doctorate of Counselling Psychology DCounsPsych||York St John University||93%||-||5%||-||-||-||York||On campus Full-time|
|Counselling Psychology DCounsEd||The University of Manchester||93%||-||5%||£8500||£20000||-||Manchester||On campus Full-time|
|Psychology (Counselling) with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)||The University of Northampton||67%||0%||5%||£6600||-||109||Northampton||On campus Full-time|
|Organisational and Business Psychology PgDip||University of Kent||-||-||-||-||-||-||Canterbury||On campus Part-time|
|Management Psychology MSc/PGDip PgDip||The University of Nottingham||-||-||-||-||-||-||Nottingham||On campus Full-time|
|Occupational and Business Psychology MSc||Kingston University||-||-||-||£5737||£8195||-||Kingston upon Thames||On campus Part-time|
|Business Psychology MSc||Loughborough University of Technology||-||-||-||£11900||£26500||-||Loughborough||On campus Full-time|
|Business Psychology MSc||The University of Manchester||-||-||-||£13500||£24500||-||Manchester||On campus Full-time|
|Business Psychology MSc||University of Hertfordshire||-||-||-||-||-||-||Hatfield||On campus Part-time|
|Work Psychology and Business MSc||Aston University||-||-||-||£11500||£21250||-||Birmingham||On campus Full-time|
|Business Psychology MSc||Aston University||-||-||-||£11500||£21250||-||Birmingham||On campus Full-time|
|Business Psychology MSc||University of Leeds||-||-||-||-||-||-||Leeds||On campus Full-time|
|MSc Psychology for Leadership MSc||Plymouth Marjon University||-||-||-||£6500||-||-||Plymouth||On campus Part-time|