Psychotherapy Studies

5-7 Years
September 2024
Online Learning

Our Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy Studies is designed for experienced psychotherapists or health professionals who wish to contribute to research and the advancement of knowledge and practice in this field.

Why study with us

  • This course is delivered entirely online, so you can work flexibly and combine personal development with your everyday professional practice.
  • You’ll be supported and encouraged to communicate your research findings in peer reviewed journals, enabling you to make a contribution to both theory and practice in psychotherapy.

What you'll do

  • As a student on this course you’ll be part of an experienced research-active team and get to immerse yourself in our lively research culture through conferences, events, access to external speakers and opportunities to share your work in progress.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Dr Gillian Rayner
Reader in Counselling and Psychotherapy
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Gill is an Adult and Mental Health Nurse, Integrative Counsellor and BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. She is currently discipline lead for Counselling and Psychotherapy at UCLan. She has over 20 years of Academic experience and leadership in Higher Educatio…

Future Careers

This course has been specially designed to advance your career development as a psychotherapy professional who is engaged in research which will advance knowledge and professional practice within the field. This will lead to associated benefits for your employer, patients, clients and the wider profession.

Fees and funding

Distance Part-time£2,500 per year
Distance Part-time£2,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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