DCPsych in Counselling Psychology  Psychotherapy by  Professional Studies

Key Course Details

The Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies is a joint programme between NSPC and Middlesex University.  It is designed for students who have obtained the Graduate Basis for Chartering of the British Psychological Society.

The philosophy of this programme is existential.  This  means that the focus of students’ practical work will be on understanding the human predicaments of their clients in a philosophical way. It draws on the work of existential and phenomenological thinkers and on the practice of existential psychotherapy. 

The course may be taken full-time, over 4 years, or part-time for a longer period.  For the first two years, students may participate as distance learners, attending on an intensive basis for blocks of study, or as weekly attenders, attending NSPC in London either on a Wednesday for three ten week terms, or on a Saturday.  Some of the modules may also be studied online with intensive online tutor support.  Weekly attenders may also be required to attend some intensives.

The third and fourth years of the course are provided by 5 day intensives or, for some modules, online with intensive online supervision.

Possible Study Modes:
  • Intensive
  • Wednesdays
  • Saturdays
  • 4 Years (Full Time)
  • 8 Years (Part Time)
Entry Requirements:
  • A good Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
  • Graduate basis for chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society 
  • An introductory course in psychotherapy and counselling such as the New School’s own Foundation Course
  • Some counselling practice, either professionally or in a voluntary position, for instance with Childline or the Samaritans
  • Personal suitability for the course to be demonstrated at interview
  • Fluent English (IELTS for study score of 7.0 or TOEFL score of 87)


This is a joint Middlesex University and New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling programme. It will lead to a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy.

The DCPsych in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy has ongoing accreditation with the British Psychological Society.

Professional Registration:
  • Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the Health and Care Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC Register.  For more information, please see the HCPC website at:
  • Completion of the programme confers eligibility for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
  • Completion of the DCPsych plus the completion of an additional module on Human Sexuality, also leads to eligibility for registration as an existential psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, through membership of the Universities Training College
  • In addition, after becoming a chartered psychologist, those who have completed the DCPsych will also be eligible for registration as a psychologist supervisor with the British Psychological Society
  • Candidates will also have completed sufficient supervision and group leadership training to apply for recognition as a supervisor and trainer with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

All of the above pathways are subject to the candidate meeting the professional training requirements as well as the academic requirements.  Applications for professional registration occur after the completion of the programme and are subject to separate scrutiny by the professional bodies. 

 It is possible for candidates who choose not to complete the full doctoral programme, to exit after one year with a PG Certificate,  two years with an MSc (or with a PG Diploma if a research project is not completed), and after three years with an MProf.  
Satisfactory completion of three years of study, and of 450 hours of supervised psychotherapy practice as part of that course, means that a student is eligible to apply both for BACP and BPS. In addition to the full DCPsych, students may also choose to take an extra module in Human Sexuality in order to be eligible for UKCP registration.
Start Dates:
Autumn, Winter and Spring start dates are available on this programme