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Entry Requirements

The programme reflects a doctoral level profession and applicants are required to demonstrate that they are able to work at doctoral level. 

Unfortunately our institute is unable to accept applicants studying under a Tier 4 visa arrangement. For EU students please see further information here 

Applicants need to have:

  • A 2:1 (or higher) degree in psychology that confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as specified by the British Psychological Society (BPS);


  • A conversion Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate that gives equivalence to a Psychology degree and confers GBC.


  • an MSc in a psychological field (an MSc is not a standard requirement). GBC is still required.


  • Relevant work or ‘life’ experience (e.g. volunteer/counselling roles, personal therapy etc.)


  • Candidates must have a qualification in counselling skills (such as a certificate or diploma level qualification), such as Metanoia’s own Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Studies, or one awarded by a college of further education, higher education institute or private training provider accredited by, for example, ABC, CSCT or the Association of Christian Counsellors – these are just examples; there are many accrediting bodies.  The certificate training undertaken must have provided a basic understanding of counselling theory.  It will also have assessed you, at least in part, on your use of counselling skills. 
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency (IELTS 7.5 minimum or equivalent) may be required in the event of being offered a place on the programme. Alternatively, if you have completed a higher education degree taught in English and received this within the last 3 years, please declare this on your application, since this can count towards the English language requirement

Candidates are expected to have at least six months' experience of using counselling skills in a mental health/ counselling setting. This can include as a counsellor, support worker, healthcare professional, or psychological wellbeing practitioner; working at a more therapeutic level than a befriender or on a helpline.

For clarity, we do not require candidates to be qualified to practice as a counsellor; you need however to have been trained to utilise counselling skills and to understand the philosophy behind counselling, as distinct from other types of helping, such as advice-giving, or advocacy.


Your application should include the following items:

  • Evidence of Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) or Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) from the British Psychological Society (BPS) 
  • A short research proposal of around 1000-1500 words (including title, research aim(s), introduction with a brief literature review, methodology, and how you are going to analyse).
  • Copies of all academic transcripts and certificates from undergraduate degree level and above 
  • One academic reference 
  • One professional reference, ideally relating to your counselling or practitioner experience, voluntary work or employment in a formal helping capacity 
  • A personal statement  which details the following: Your reasons for wanting to become a Counselling Psychologist, why you are interested in studying at Metanoia, what work experiences you have had that will prepare you for working clinically with vulnerable people and evidence of academic experiences that enable you to undertake doctoral level studies  
  • A copy of your CV 
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page