DPsych Counselling Psychology

Gain integrated clinical training and extensive professional development through GCU’s DPsych Counselling Psychology – the only programme of its kind in Scotland. Counselling psychology is a rapidly growing area of applied psychology, and a wide range of diverse settings are in need of highly skilled HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologists.

In this doctorate programme, you’ll expand your ability to work with complex client groups and contribute impactful research to the field of psychological health.

We draw on our relationships with active practitioners to give you a world-class and highly relevant education, with clinical training in both humanistic (person-centred) and cognitive-behavioural approaches. We take a holistic and comprehensive approach to instruction, and you’ll develop your skills in applied psychological theory and research as well as complete work in ongoing clinical placements.

Here, you’ll be a part of a thriving, open and diverse community with a shared investment in social responsibility and a commitment to the common good.

Graduate prospects

On graduation, you will qualify for Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society and you are eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

Our graduates benefit from the growing demand for in-depth training and leadership abilities in the field of psychological therapy – and from GCU’s excellent academic reputation and world top 5% ranking. Our alumni work as registered counselling psychologists, making a positive impact in independent practice and academia, the NHS and in social care, organisational, educational and forensic settings.

Module list

Critical Enquiry in Counselling Psychology; Applied Psychology Practice 1 (Theory); Applied Psychology Practice 1 (Skills); Analytical Methods; Advanced Research in Applied Psychology 1D; Professional Development in Applied Psychology 1; Critical Enquiry in Applied Psychology 2; Applied Psychology Practice 2 (Counselling Psychology); Advanced Research in Applied Psychology 2; Professional Development in Applied Psychology 2; Critical Enquiry in Applied Psychology 3; Applied Psychology Practice 3 (Counselling Psychology); Advanced Research in Applied Psychology 3; Professional Development in Applied Psychology 3A; Professional Development in Applied Psychology 3B.

To reach the award of DPsych, you much achieve a total of 540 credits. Early exits points are available at PgC in Psychological Counselling (60 credits); PgD in Psychological Counselling (120 credits); an MSc in Psychological Counselling (180 Credits) levels.

Course delivery

The DPsych course is delivered over three years full-time. Trimester attendance for teaching is over two days per week (Thursdays and Friday) full time and one day per week, part-time. In subsequent years attendance is on Fridays only, supplemented by several intensive teaching weeks.

Placement experience of at least 450 hours of supervised clinical practice must be gained during the course and placement practice is ongoing year-round. Full-time students are expected to undertake placement activities over two days per week (outside the timetabled academic days), developing a range of related skills in addition to direct client work. Students are responsible for securing placements, although the course provides considerable support and opportunities towards this.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

The application deadline for this course is 12 March 2021. To ensure your application is considered please submit your full application including CV, qualifications and references by this deadline. There is no guarantee of consideration or acceptance for applications considered after the deadline. Therefore, your application will only be considered in the event we have places remaining on the programme and we have assessed all of our on-time applications.

Please note the final closing date for this programme is 28 May 2021. Applications received after this deadline will be withdrawn.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
3 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
DPsych Full Time 3 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) that meets British Psychological Society (BPS) standards for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). Personal maturity and demonstrable experience in a helping role.

English language

IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 7.0.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Academic essay

Along with your application please provide a 1000 word essay on "How does Counselling Psychology differ from related professions (such as clinical psychology, psychotherapy and counselling), and how has your life experience prepared you for such work?"

Please ensure that your essay is at an appropriate academic level, including referencing.


All students must provide adequate disclosure of criminal convictions, which for those who will undertake placements in Scotland will mean joining the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. Non-UK students will additionally need to supply an equivalent disclosure from their previous place of residence.

International pathways

This course features a mix of assessments and exams.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual tuition fees

Scottish (Home) and UK: £7,500
International: £14,500

Scottish (Home) and UK: £7,000
International: £13,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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The fee for the programme includes all taught elements, research supervision, support in gaining placements and access to all the benefits of studying at Glasgow Caledonian University. There are additional costs as follows:

Clinical supervision
Although some group supervision is provided within programme teaching, detailed clinical supervision takes place in conjunction with placement practice. Some placements may provide appropriate supervision, but in many cases students will need to fund their supervision. This typically costs £40 - £70 per hour and should normally take place at least fortnightly.
Other costs
In addition to clinical supervision, students will have costs including: personal therapy (a minimum of 40 hours across the programme, with costs similar to supervision); books and additional learning materials; professional indemnity insurance (around £80 a year); a PVG application (around £60). You will be required to undertake an Occupational Health Screening which has a set fee of £20. You will have to pay the costs of travelling to and from your placements.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

View our postgraduate scholarships.

This course features guest lecturers.

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Students receiving this award are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Counselling Psychologist. 

Accredited by the British Psychological Society. 

Students receiving the D.Psych in Counselling Psychology are eligible to apply for Chartership as a Counselling Psychologist.
This course features work placement opportunities.