Doctor of Psychological Therapies

Connect psychological theory with evidence-based practice.

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Advance your therapeutic skills in assessment, formulation and intervention. Explore practitioner resilience, the development of therapeutic relationships, and ethical practice. Train to be a qualified therapist and gain an academic doctoral qualification in one course.

Our new Doctorate of Professional Studies in Psychological Therapies (DProf) is designed for emerging practitioners with experience in health and social care.

You’ll focus on connecting psychological theory with evidence-based practice. We’ll support you to develop your skills in assessment, formulation and intervention planning, as well as in consultation and supervision.

In taught sessions, you’ll explore topics such as policy in healthcare, advanced therapeutic processes, ways to develop therapeutic relationships, and self-care.

The course also involves a comprehensive supervised placement, designed to meet the standards required for British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) registration. Our experienced academic team are on hand to provide support in sourcing appropriate placements and supervision experience. 

We assess your academic work and your practical skills throughout this course, and you’ll submit a thesis as your final piece of work. You’ll develop your thesis over the two year course and eventually form three connected chapters, including an empirical paper, a review paper and a methodological paper.

Our teaching team at Manchester Met have experience in psychology and health research across national and international settings. Our key strengths in the Department of Psychology include health and psychological interventions, and neuropsychobiology.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

As a graduate from our Doctor of Professional Studies in Psychological Therapies (DProf), you’ll have the practical skills and knowledge to further your career in a range of health services, academia or private practice.

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Entry requirements

Students must have completed the MSc Childhood Development and Wellbeing in Practice, the MSc Clinical Skills in Integrative Psychotherapy or MSc Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical Practice with an average of 65%. 

We cannot accept other MSc courses as the Stage One for this course.

To apply, prospective doctoral trainees are required to complete an online application, research proposal in relation to their thesis ideas and attend a panel interview. Observed professional behaviour throughout MSc study and references from the MSc course team will also influence the final decision regarding progression on to the doctorate. 

Course details

There are two stages to our Doctor of Professional Studies in Psychological Therapies course: Stage 1 is a masters of science (MSc) and Stage 2 is the professional doctorate (DProf). It usually takes three and a half years’ full-time study to complete this qualification. (Normally, you won’t have teaching or assessments in the winter term after you’ve completed your MSc.)

We assess both your academic and practical work on this course, so you’ll need to have suitable employment where you can develop your therapeutic skills. You’ll also need to choose a practitioner who can supervise your therapeutic practice and liaise with our academic team during the course.

You’ll explore topics such as the impact of disadvantage and discrimination, the legal and ethical frameworks of practising therapeutic skills, and practitioner wellbeing.

For your thesis, you’ll typically write three chapters connected by a central theme relating to therapeutic practice. You’ll write an empirical paper, a review paper and a methodological paper.

We’ve designed our new course to meet the requirements for British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

When you successfully complete the DProf, you’ll be able to apply to the BACP for practitioner registration.


Over the duration of your course, you'll cover the following units:

Core units

  • Assessment, Formulation and Intervention Planning
  • Policy and Law in Health and Social Care
  • Advanced Therapeutic Processes and Reflective Practice
  • Advanced Research Principles and Methods
  • Placement Based Learning
  • Thesis

Additional information about this course

Trainees who successfully complete the qualification will be able to apply to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) for practitioner accreditation. Once the course has completed one full cycle, course accreditation will be sought so all successful trainees are automatically accredited upon successful completion. The course has been designed to meet or exceed the requirements for course accreditation with the BACP.  

Department of Psychology

Our Department of Psychology is a large, diverse team of accredited psychologists, which includes practicing researchers, counsellors, and forensic and community psychologists.

The department aims to bring a real, relevant and modern perspective to teaching, with a view to using its wealth of knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to inspire the next generation of psychologists.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £4,407 per year. Tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £2,204 per year. Tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Please contact the department for more information about the fees for this course.

Additional Information

A Master's qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Taught tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). Research tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.

Additional costs

Placement Costs

Students may need to self-fund travel costs to and from placement and for stage two, may need to pay for supervisory hours in addition to course costs if supervision is not provided through the placement. The student will need to fund 20 hours of personal therapy, 10 hours per year of the course on a full-time basis.

Professional Costs

Depending upon the nature of the trainee’s training pathway, the student may need to pay for Professional Indemnity Insurance. At the end of the DProf, the student will need to pay accreditation and membership fees to the BACP.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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