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The University of Central Lancashire

Psychotherapy Studies

Preston Campus
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Rank: 102 (UKEAS)

Location: Preston Campus


Study mode distance learning (part-time)

Degree: Doctorate

Start Date: 2021/09/01

Duration: 60 months

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The Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy Studies is offered by the University of Central Lancashire's Counselling Division in the School of Community Health and Midwifery. This course provides a supported route to a Professional Doctorate award in Psychotherapy Studies which focuses on you as researcher developing and creating new professional knowledge and practice in this field.This innovative online doctoral programme, which is equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, welcomes applications from experienced psychotherapists or health professionals who have an advanced research interest to acquire systematic and critical understanding of research informed psychotherapy. This programme does not include clinical training.The doctorate uses a range of Masters modules for Stage 1. Stage 2 comprises the doctoral research at Level 8 taking you through to your final thesis. All learning will take place online. Meetings with your tutor will take place via Skype or in person if convenient for you.


Entry requirements

The following points describe the entry routes onto the Professional Doctorate. Route 1: Students will register for the Professional Doctorate on entry Stage 1, with at least a first degree in an appropriate subject (Health Care or Allied Health area) at 2:1 or above. Route 2: Students will enter the programme having completed an appropriate Post Graduate Diploma programme in Health Care or in Allied Health and have achieved an overall grade of 60% or over. They will have completed equivalent of compulsory research modules. Route 3: Applicants with a relevant Master's Degree may be able to enter with advanced standing directly into Stage 2, Level 8 of the programme. They will have completed an overall grade of 60% or over on their Master's Degree. All eligible applicants will be interviewed providing an opportunity to evaluate potential to benefit and succeed. Interviews (via Skype or face to face) will include discussion of the proposed research area to ensure appropriate supervisory team allocation. International students will require an International English Language Testing System grade 7 or above with no sub-score lower than 6.5.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.0

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About this university

International students

There are an average of 2,000 international students attending the university from over 100 countries, often due to the range of international partnerships in place. There is a dedicated International Office that are available to help with matters such as the application process, visas and immigration advice and even help with coming to live in the city. There are a number of special international events held during the year to help students feel at home and learn about the larger community as well as with ties to their own cultures. The Student Union is the heart of activities outside the classroom as well as offer advice and representation for its members. It operates a two floor bar that has a number of well known music acts having performed there as well as another bar next door that is open every day during term time. There are some 35 different sports clubs on offer for students with many using the sports centre on campus. They take part in the BUCS leagues and also use the UCLan Sports Arena two miles from campus. There are also motor racing societies that run a team called UCLAN Racing. Student run media includes a newspaper called Pluto and there are numerous societies such as arts, interest and culture and faith based.

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