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Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Professional Studies DPsych(Prof)

Doctorate in Psychotherapy DPsych (subject to review)

 A Joint Programme with Middlesex University

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Faculty Head Dr Bijana Vanrijn

Director of Studies Dr George Georgiou

To apply, please click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the page to begin the process. We are accepting applications for 2022/23.

What is a post-qualification professional doctorate?

Professional doctorates are the most rapidly expanding field of doctoral study nationally and internationally, are designed to serve the interests of specific professions and emphasise practice-based knowledge. They are credited at the same level as a PhD and this long running Doctorate in Psychotherapy (DPsych) programme is a leading example of professional doctorates in the United Kingdom. Doctoral candidates design and undertake a research project on a topic of relevance to their professional work, which makes a unique contribution to their field.


Who is it for?

The DPsych is unique among the professional doctorates in providing a dedicated research programme for qualified practitioners, as distinct from a route to qualification. As such, it is designed for accredited and experienced psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists, both nationally and internationally, who are looking for an academic programme which relates directly to practice as clinicians, trainers, supervisors, managers, or writers. It encourages and facilitates the updating and expanding of application of theory to practice and critique of potential assumptions, with particular attention to current developments within the wider field. It is committed to research activity being useful and active in the world. It therefore takes an integrative stance and will appeal to practitioners from a wide range of theoretical orientations and practice.


A Practice Based Research Attitude

The doctoral research project is developed within the frame of individual professional experience, It requires an enrichment of practice, knowledge and ability with regard to specific work settings, client groups, presentations, interventions and methodologies. This form of psychotherapy research requires critical inquiry, which provides ways to examine, investigate and evaluate psychotherapy theory, practice and research. An important criterion of assessment at doctoral level is the evidence of usefulness and impact of practitioners, organisations and the wider field of psychotherapy or related professions.


Entry Requirements 

  1. A first degree and of a standard which indicates their suitability for work at Doctoral level, normally a good upper second or first class Honours degree. Candidates with a 2:2 may be considered if there is evidence of subsequent higher academic achievement, such as a merit or a distinction in a Masters programme that includes a research element.
  2. A Master’s degree in psychotherapy or related subject with a research component or equivalent.
  3. Substantial professional experience at a senior level demonstrated through professional accreditation, research proposal and interview
  4. Proficiency in reading, writing and spoken English of a standard necessary to support academic study and professional practice at doctoral level. Applicants for whom English is not a first language must possess an English language qualification demonstrating proficiency of an IELTS minimum of 7 with no element below 6.5 or TOEL IBT min 110 with a minimum of 26 in reading and a minimum of 28 in writing speaking and reading. Evidence of proficiency in written English will also be gleaned from the quality of the applicants’ research proposal

The selection process aims to ensure that students admitted to the programme are likely to complete it successfully. The DPsych programme will place high demands on students, their abilities and their personal resources. Therefore, the selection process has to be thorough and rigorous. Applicants who fulfil entry requirements (1), (2), (3) and (4) will be invited to attend an interview. Before the interview day shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a research proposal that evidences their research and academic ability. This will be used by the selection team to help assess a candidate’s readiness to undertake advanced postgraduate study.

Applicants are expected to have a Masters in Counselling or Psychotherapy or equivalent, and be accredited by UKCP, BACP, BABCP, BPS or other similar national or international counselling, psychotherapy and psychology bodies, which will be assessed on a case by case basis.


This programme will be comprised of two stages:

Stage 1: (first 12 months of study),

  • consists of some taught classes, workshops and tutorials, designed to culminate with the development of a research proposal for the project to be carried out in stage 2.


Stage 2: (remaining period of study)

  • consists of carrying out the project and progressing to data collection, analysis and developing the doctoral thesis.



3–8 years


This is a Middlesex University programme and qualification, jointly developed, delivered and assessed by Middlesex and Metanoia Institute and quality assured by Middlesex University. This programme is a collaborative research initiative between Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University. 

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This programme is subject to validation/review.