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Course summary

Why this course?

  • Approved by the HCPC and accredited by the BPS.
  • Opportunity to undertake clinical placements and research projects.
  • Top ten in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (PTES 2022, 2023).
  • Jointly recognised as the best modern university in the country, and the best modern university in London for research excellence. (REF 2021). 77% of our research is ranked ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2021).
About this course This course gives you the professional training that leads to eligibility for registration as a counselling psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and chartered status with the British Psychological Society. Roehampton is ranked in the top 3 universities in London for the impact of our research in Psychology (REF 2021).  This programme brings together contemporary understandings from person-centred psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural models of therapy. The course is based on a pluralistic relational philosophy that values diversity, and promotes individual empowerment and social change. This means that we respect and value a wide range of approaches to psychological intervention and research, view relationships as central to wellbeing, and seek to enable trainees to make a positive difference both at an individual and social level through their clinical and research work. In years one and two as a trainee, you will focus on gaining clinical experience working in person-centred and psychodynamic models of therapy respectively. In year three, you will have the option of gaining experience working in a cognitive-behavioural, integrative or pluralistic model. By the end of the programme, you will have completed a minimum requirement of 450 supervised client hours in a range of placement settings. Starting in your second year, you will work towards the production of a doctoral portfolio to showcase and integrate your learning as a counselling psychologist, across both professional practice and research domains. Skills There is a strong emphasis on your identity and employability as a practitioner psychologist, including skills in:
  • Assessment and formulation,
  • Leadership
  • Service evaluation
  • Psychological testing
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods.
During your training, you will develop key transferable skills as a practitioner psychologist, this incudes:
  • Research
  • Psychological testing
  • Service evaluation
  • Team working
  • Leadership.
Career opportunities Graduates go on to work as art therapists in fields including:
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Adult mental health
  • The third sector.
They work in multidisciplinary teams, collaborating with psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • British Psychological Society

Entry requirements

All candidates must have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS, a 2:1 or above in psychology or equivalent, experience in an emotionally demanding helping role and basic training in counselling skills. Before submitting an application all candidates must read the full 'Programme Outline' (available on the Roehampton course page) and entry requirements.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8946 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8946 Year 1
Scotland £8946 Year 1
Wales £8946 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Counselling Psychology at University of Roehampton - UCAS