DCounsPsych Counselling Psychology / Overview
Year of entry: 2019
- Degree awarded
- Professional Doctorate (DCounsPsych)
- 3 years
- Entry requirements
Bachelors degree in Psychology (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent). Candidates with a lower classification also require a master's-level qualification (minimum B in dissertation).
- How to apply
Applications are no longer being accepted.
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The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsych) at The University of Manchester is the only Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS)-approved doctoral programme in counselling psychology offered by a Russell Group university.
The programme has four major components: the development of appropriate theoretical knowledge; the development of research skills; the development of therapeutic practice skills; and an emphasis upon personal development.
Throughout the programme, you will be introduced in detail to a pluralistic approach of therapy, with a focus on humanistic counselling during the first year and cognitive behavioural therapy in the second.
Alongside assessed units, you will complete a minimum of 450 hours' supervised therapeutic practice and 40 hours' personal therapy.
All members of staff are psychologists who are active in the fields of both research and clinical practice in counselling psychology.
In terms of clinical practice, their work is ongoing within NHS, private healthcare and third-sector settings. Their training backgrounds include skills in humanistic therapies, cognitive-behaviour therapy, and psychodynamic group analytic approaches.
Staff members publish their research and write widely in the fields of counselling, counselling psychology, psychotherapy, applied psychology, and education, including exploring critical and methodological innovations between psychotherapy and education.
In recent years they have been successful in receiving research funding to conduct work looking at topics such as how wellbeing is supported in educational settings, online therapeutic approaches, and the impact of austerity measures on the wellbeing and education of children and families.
Dr Terry Hanley and Dr Laura Winter have recently edited the fourth edition of the well-known SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy .
The team also have excellent connections within the community of counselling psychology in the UK, as well as strong local links with voluntary sector organisations working around mental health provision for disadvantaged and minoritised populations.
For example, Dr Terry Hanley was Research Lead for the Division of Counselling Psychology and Editor of Counselling Psychology Review and Dr Laura Winter previously established the division's Social Justice Networking and Special Interest Group, which she led until 2018 . In the wider therapeutic fields, Professor Erica Burman is registered with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP), via the Institute of Group Analysis, as a Group Analyst.
For more information, download our DCounsPsych information document .
The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and programmes.
On this day, you will find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.
For more information, see Open days
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK/EU students (per annum): £8,000
International students (per annum): £18,500
Your fees will cover the cost of your study at the University, as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, examinations and graduation (excluding graduation robe hire).
Payment of tuition fees will also entitle you to membership of The University of Manchester library, the Students' Union and the Athletic Union.
We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend.
Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of February for programmes starting the following September. If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you'll normally need to hold an offer of a place from the University before applying.
Successful applicants who are offered places after the February round of interviews will be considered for our SEED scholarship
Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our database search tool
The UK government has confirmed that doctoral loans will be available for those studying PhDs and equivalent doctoral programmes including professional doctorates from 2018/19. The loan will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.
UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, are eligible.
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