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PD Counselling Psychology
Professional training for psychologists aiming for a career in counselling psychology.

PD Counselling Psychology / Entry requirements

Year of entry: 2018

Academic entry qualification overview

The course is for those with an academic background in psychology that want to pursue a career in Counselling Psychology or related areas.  Entry requirements are as follows:

  • 2.1 honours degree in Psychology.  Candidates with a lower classification also require a Masters level qualification with a minimum grade B in the dissertation.  
  • Basic counselling skills training and professional experience of using such skills. This criterion might be met for example by completing a Certificate in Counselling Skills or through employment or voluntary experience in a role using counselling skills
  • The capacity to undertake Doctoral research
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC**) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Satisfactory Criminal Convictions Check (undertaken and paid for by the University)

Accreditation of prior or experiential learning (APL) is awarded in line with University of Manchester policy.  Individuals claiming parity of experience / qualification must provide evidence of completing similar studies at Doctorate Level. Master's level work is not eligible. Case study presentations are completed using a research frame and have ethical clearance. The research proposal and practice hours are not eligible to APL.

**GBC was previously referred to as GBR (Graduate Basis for Registration). We accept both as proof of prior training.

English language

  • English GCSE Grade C or above or 
  • IELTS minimum 7.5 overall with 7 in each section if English is not your first language

Please find full details, including country specific information, here .

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.