Psychosexual Therapy PGDip

Psychosexual Therapy PGDip

School of Community Health and Midwifery


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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  • Duration:

    Part-time: Two years Year 1 is delivered in week long blocks/module Year 2 is delivered as 3 hours/week in either semester 1 or semester 2 for the Introduction to Research Methods module AND in addition to the placement requirement (between 3-6 hours cl

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Professional Development

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

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  • Status:

    Subject to approval

Why study this programme?

This course is a requirement for people wishing to work in the field of Psychosexual Medicine/Therapy. An application is with the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy (COSRT) for Course Approval and is currently ‘Approval Pending’ on their website. The course will be delivered by practitioners who have a wealth of psychosexual experience between them, this is currently the most northerly psychosexual course available within the UK.

You’ll be required to take three theoretical modules that will prepare you for the practitioner module and you’ll also need to complete a minimum of 120 hours client work across one academic year.

The course takes a Psycho-Bio-Medical Approach to the field of Psychosexual Medicine You will be introduced to the course and basic sexual and relationship theory. You will then study Relationships: Models and Interventions; and Diversity of Psychosexual Needs before taking the Psychosexual Practitioner module that is delivered over one academic year. You’ll also be required to complete an Introduction to Postgraduate Research module. The second year is closely linked to the practice of psychosexual therapy for which you will take a year-long placement in a psychosexual therapy clinic close to your area of employment.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have graduate status and will come from fields with a relevance to psychosexual practice (i.e. medicine, nursing, midwifery, counselling & psychotherapy, sexual health.

All applicants will be interviewed and may need to complete the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Counselling Skills prior to completing the Postgraduate Diploma.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

Module 1 - Basic Psychosexual Therapy (semester 1)

Module 2 - Relationships: Models and Interventions (semester 2)

Module 3 - Diversity of Psychosexual Needs (semester 2)

Year 2

    Module 4 - Introduction to Postgraduate Research (semester 1 or 2)

    Module 5 - Psychosexual Practitioner (double module delivered across one year)

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

As part of this course you will be required to become student members of COSRT and will therefore receive regular updates with regards to possible employment psychosexual opportunities throughout the UK. In addition, your placement will give you the opportunity to experience a working NHS psychosexual clinic.

Previous graduates of this type of course have advanced to become medical consultants within the NHS, or General Practitioners; within nursing to advance to become specialist nurse practitioners and nurse consultants; within Counselling & Psychotherapy to become consultant psychosexual therapists and to then move into teaching.

Upon completion graduates will be able to progress onto possible PhD study as well as to get an MSc in the field of Psychosexual therapy.

To progress onto the PGDip from the PGCert students must pass an interview and receive a satisfactory status with a DBS Check. The placement in the second year will give students a wonderful opportunity to experience psychosexual therapy in practice and will also have the opportunity to learn from the required supervision which currently stands at 1.5 hours supervision for every 6 hours client work.

All immediate teaching staff involved with this course were trained on the fore-runner to this programme when it ran at UCLan until 2006 and each achieved a minimum of a pass with Merit. Peter Cardew currently works as a consultant psychosexual therapist in Manchester; Dr Karl Hollows is a Clinical Specialist in Stafford; Janice Lamb now works as a Psychosexual Therapist for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Carole Roberts is now Principal Psychosexual Therapist and Service Lead Psychosexual Service - SHARE – (Sexual Help & Relationship Enhancement) Community Health Services Division, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400



Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Fees 2017/18

Part-time: £760 per 20 credit module (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

Placements are generally within the NHS Sector and will be organised/arranged by the Course Team. The majority of placements will be within the Northwest of England.

All placement Lead Practitioners will be COSRT Accredited and will provide the necessary supervision to students whilst on placements.

As such many of the Lead Practitioners will also contribute to the delivery of the course during the formal delivery of the modules.
All Team Members are Accredited by COSRT.

Peter Cardew (Course Leader) is also a Chair of BACP’s Professional Practice Adjudication panels.

Professional Accreditation

An application for Course Recognition has been made to COSRT.

This would mean that the requirement to have completed 320 hours of psychosexual practice in order to apply to COSRT to become an Accredited Member would be reduced to 200 hours (the 120 hours minimum, completed as a requirement of the course would count towards the overall total).

Learning Environment and Assessment

All Course materials will be available via Blackboard (UCLan’s intranet system).

Year 1 will be taught on campus during week-long modules. The delivery will involve lectures, discussions, presentations, ‘flipped classes’, skills based teaching.

Year 2 will be delivered in the same way but will include more practice-based sessions whilst on placement.

All members of the Course team are involved in on-going psychosexual practice whilst many are involved in either research or writing in academic journals or via conferences.

As a requirement of the course, students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of direct client contact within an agreed psychosexual clinic/setting. Placements are generally within Lancashire and the Northwest of England however they may be negotiated elsewhere within the United Kingdom.

Our current graduates are working as Medical Consultants with psychosexual therapy input within the NHS; as Psychosexual Therapy Consultants/Managers; and also as Lecturers/Senior Lectured within Higher Education.

Graduates of this programme may wish to progress onto research-based academic qualifications (e.g. MPhil/PhD).


“The course was tremendous and enabled me to satisfy the conditions required and to attain the position of consultant in psychosexual medicine” (Graduate).

“The teaching and knowledge was up-to-date and we learned so much and has really helped me in my career” (Graduate)