Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling DProf
Key Course Facts
The Professional Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling is a joint programme between NSPC and Middlesex University. The DProf programme is both an academic qualification and a professional psychotherapy training. Successful completion of the doctoral programme leads to the award of a DProf degree by Middlesex University. Successful completion of the DProf also qualifies graduates for full membership of the University Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA) and thus also for the Universities Training College, which confers eligibility for UKCP accreditation as an existential psychotherapist.
The programme comprises three different interconnected strands leading to a well-rounded training both academically and as practitioners. These strands comprise of academic theory, skills training with substantial period of supervised practice in placement, and a research project culminating in submitting a thesis.
The philosophy of this programme is existential. It is concerned with the understanding of people’s position in the world and with the clarification of what it means to be alive in the world. The existential paradigm is committed to exploring these questions with a receptive attitude in the search for truth with an open mind and an attitude of wonder.
The existential philosophy of the school provides a disciplined philosophical framework. With this framework in mind, students will focus on learning and understanding the human predicaments and attending to their clients in a philosophical way. It draws on the work of existential and phenomenological thinkers and on the practice of existential psychotherapy. Existential thinkers avoid restrictive models that categorise or label people. Instead, they look for the universals that can be observed transculturally. There is no existential personality theory which divides humanity up into types or reduces people to part components. Instead, there is a description of the different levels of experience and existence that people are inevitably confronted with. The teaching and training provided by NSPC incorporates these basic values by recognising that life experience combined with formal academic, practical professional training and alongside research together form the four foundations on which students need to build in becoming an accomplished existential psychotherapist.
This programme is designed for four years but can be extended up to eight years.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- All other courses
- Graduate Degrees
- Undergraduate Degrees
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A good Bachelor degree in any fields 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 Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling DProf
Additional fee information
8 modules over 3 terms = £7520
10 modules over 3 terms = £9400
11 Modules = £10340
10 modules = £9400
Recognition of Prior Learning RPL
£100 per submission
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|