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Counselling Psychology - DPsych

Course Description

The DPsych programme aims to develop highly-skilled, well-rounded, self-aware psychological practitioners and researchers who will make a valuable contribution to the profession, both inside and outside the consulting room.

A successful graduate of the DPsych meets the standards and competencies set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS), and is eligible for registration and chartership with those bodies.

The DPsych programme is committed to producing practitioner psychologists who are well prepared to meet the needs of each client and to utilise individualised formulation and intervention, while never losing sight of the relationship at the core of the endeavour.

To support this, the DPsych gives training in three approaches to therapy: existential-phenomenological, cognitive-behavioural, and psychodynamic. The principal model of the programme is existential-phenomenological psychotherapy, one of the foundational influences in the profession of counselling psychology. Existential-phenomenological approaches and counselling psychology emphasise subjective, lived experience; recognise the importance of dialogue; and take a holistic, relational view of human nature and of psychological difficulties. Irrespective of the modality employed, we encourage and develop a “pervasive existential sensibility” in our trainees’ therapeutic work.

This programme is validated by the Open University, UK. More information about the Open University validation. In January 2016, a redesigned DPsych was validated by the OU and accredited by the BPS for a five-year period.

Why should I choose this programme?

Counselling psychology trainees at Regent’s have the opportunity to work towards a professional qualification with a highly experienced programme team who are collegial, passionate about the profession, and who treat trainees as prospective professionals.

Trainees benefit from individual mentorship and support with a dedicated personal tutor; from the chance to undertake teaching and leadership in the third year; from strong research support from both supervisors and the curriculum; and from a newly enhanced course structure that affords more time in the second and third years for research and placement activities. Special attention is given to specialisation and employability, and the training aims to prepare its graduates to work anywhere, from private practice to the NHS to specialised settings. Finally, the training takes place on one of the most beautiful university campuses in London, in the heart of Regent’s Park.

At the January 2016 accreditation visit, the British Psychological Society awarded the programme four commendations and no conditions, a rare circumstance and testament to the strength of the DPsych programme. The BPS panel commended the programme for epitomising the profession by putting the trainee and collaboration and its heart. The programme additionally received commendations for the creative and effective teaching and learning methods employed by the team; the diverse and well-thought-through ways in which competencies are assessed; and the support the programme enjoys from the University’s senior management team.

Key skills, aims and objectives

This programme will enable you to:

‌•Develop as a competent, reflective, ethically sound, resourceful and informed practitioner, able to work in therapeutic and non-therapeutic contexts
‌•Value the imaginative, interpretative, personal and intimate aspects of the practice of counselling psychology
‌•Commit to ongoing personal and professional development and enquiry
‌•Understand, develop and apply models of psychological inquiry for the creation of new knowledge which is appropriate to the multi-dimensional nature of relationships between people
‌•Appreciate the significance of the wider social, cultural and political domains within which counselling psychology operates
‌•Adopt a questioning and evaluative approach to the philosophy, practice, research and theory which constitutes counselling psychology

Completion of this course will enable you to apply for Chartered Membership of the BPS (CPsychol) and full membership of the Division of ‌Counselling Psychology (DCoP). Completion of this programme will enable you to apply to register with the HCPC as a Counselling Psychologist.


This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society for five years, to 2021, and is currently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Completion of the course will therefore enable you to apply to be chartered with the BPS and registered with the HCPC.

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

•Apply online
•Apply directly to us using the application form available here http://www.regents.ac.uk/media/1188903/Regents-application-form.pdf
Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

•Copies of academic transcripts and certificates of all academic study undertaken after secondary school
•One letter of academic reference
•A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience if applicable.
•A 300 to 500-word personal statement in support of your application, outlining your reasons for applying to your chosen programme and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
•A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
•One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at )
•If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Please note: most candidates will be assessed for admission on the basis of their submitted application materials. However, RUL reserves the right to invite candidates for interview and to reject those who decline to attend.

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

•Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
•Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
•Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)
•Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/how-to-pay.aspx

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

For more information on course structure, admissions and teaching and assessment, please follow this link: http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/programmes/dpsych-counselling-psychology.aspx#tab_course-overview

Visit the Counselling Psychology - DPsych page on the Regent’s University London website for more details!

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Selina Goldberg

I am thoroughly enjoying the course at Regent’s. The staff are open and approachable and willing to receive and engage with feedback. The small class sizes make the classes more interactive and mean that we gain more from them.


Future Finance loans - No. of awards TBC

The University has partnered with Future Finance (as an alternative source of funding for our students*).The features of a Future Finance loan include:Loans are offered to all higher education students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with a UK domiciled address, (students must meet appropriate credit checks and be aged 18 or over)
Loans are offered from £2,500 - £40,000 and can include living costs as well as tuition fees
Loans are repayable up to 10 years after graduation
Students can take up to four three month payment breaks during the loan period
Representative 11.8% APR (variable)
*Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance webpage.https://regents.futurefinance.com/Please note that other sources of funding may be available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,500 - £40,000


Nationality: UK and EU

Application Procedure

To find out more and to apply, please visit the Future Finance webpage.https://regents.financemyfuture.co.uk/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

In accordance with BPS and HCPC admissions criteria, we require:- A minimum of a 2:1 bachelor’s degree in psychology- A minimum of six months’ face-to-face counselling work or other formal helping rolesPlease see further details and clarification on our website.For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we also require proof of English proficiency - please view our website.

Course Fees

Annual tuition fee: £10,350 Registration fee: £850 Non-EU advance deposit: £2,000 Thesis submission fee £2,600

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