Doctor of Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice (DPPClinPrac)

Duration Part time 4-6 years
By Blended Learning
Discipline
  • Psychology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Research overview

The Doctor of Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice (DPPClinPrac) programme provides clinical training as either a Psychodynamic or a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, leading to professional registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council and post-graduate membership of the British Psychotherapy Fellowship. This is a new professional doctorate at the University of Exeter, that has clinical, academic and research components.

Study while working

The programme content, structure and delivery is designed to meet the needs and interests of students who may also be working professionals. The on-campus learning is delivered in five-day intensive teaching blocks, once a term on the Streatham Campus in Exeter. The rest of the programme may be completed online in participants’ home locations, allowing you to complete your study around your work commitments.

Learn from senior clinicians

Exeter has an international reputation for training clinicians, working in the psychological therapies. The DPPClinPrac programme is staffed by senior clinicians in the field of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, delivering high-quality training in all of its clinical, academic and research components. Whilst the programme has clinical work at its core, it also provides a thorough grounding in theory and research relevant to psychotherapeutic clinical practice.

As well as being taught and supervised, clinically, by experienced, analytically trained clinicians who also work or have worked in various clinical settings, you will have access to senior, research-active supervisors and teachers in a range of research methodologies, qualitative and quantitative, with a wide spectrum of research interests.

How to apply

Please apply online using our application portal, where you will be able to submit your supporting documents.

Content and structure

The programme is studied in two stages and includes doctorate-level training in clinical practice research skills:

Stage one

Stage one consists of two years where you will undertake seminars, clinical work with patients, an institutional observation and a small-scale research project. This will be in a challenging environment amidst a supportive community of clinician and researcher peers.

At the end of stage one of the programme, you should be competent to work psychotherapeutically within a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy frame, under supervision, within an institutional setting.

Stage one comprises 210 credits of compulsory modules:

  • Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice I
  • Clinical Seminars and Reflective Practice I
  • Psychoanalytic Theory I
  • Institutional Observation
  • Psychological Therapies Small-Scale Research Project and Viva

You may exit at the end of stage 1 of the programme, having completed all of the modules, with an MSc academic qualification: a Master's in Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Clinical Practice (MPPClinPrac), but no clinical qualification.

Stage two

Stage two of the programme consists of a further two years of clinical practice, clinical work, observations, seminars, and development of a research project relevant to clinical practice.

On successful completion of stage 2 of the programme you should be competent to practise as either a psychodynamic or a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in an independent, ethical practice.

Stage two comprises 330 credits of modules:

  • Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice II
  • Clinical Seminars and Reflective Practice II
  • Psychoanalytic Theory II
  • Developmental Studies and Child Observation
  • Dissertation

You can exit at the end of stage 2 of the programme, having completed all of the modules except the Dissertation module, with an MSc academic qualification and a clinical qualification: a Master's in Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Clinical Practice (Clinical Practice) (MPPClinPrac(CT)).

Blended learning

You will have one intensive teaching block week of in-person learning per term throughout the four years (a total of 12). Learning Set seminars, tutorials and supervision sessions can be joined online. Personal therapy, clinical work and observations are carried out face-to-face and locally to you. This means that the programme can be participated in throughout the UK and internationally.

Careers

This programme will qualify graduates to work privately, in the public services or independent sectors by achieving a clinical qualification conferring eligibility for registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a Psychodynamic or Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

An Honours degree or equivalent and evidence of ability to work academically at Master's/Doctoral level.

Professional requirements

Experience of working with people in a way that is relevant to clinical psychotherapeutic work, often a professional mental health qualification and/or experience or equivalent. Experience of personal therapy of a kind approved by the programme staff according to the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) professional regulator's guidelines.

Personal therapy requirements

All students must be in personal therapy with a British Psychoanalytic Council’s (BPC) registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst or Jungian Analyst, who has been approved as a training therapist by the programme staff and ratified by the university Course Committee. At a minimum, students must remain in therapy at the appropriate frequency for the duration of the course of training that they are pursuing and until qualified.

Interview and sample of work

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and submit a relevant piece of work. This may include, for example, prior publications or previous academic work.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

How to apply

Please apply online using our application portal, where you will be able to submit your supporting documents.

Finance: fees and funding

UK fees for 2022/23 entry: 

  • £8,800 per year in years 1 and 2
  • £5,800 per year in years 3 and 4
  • (£29,200 total)

 

International fees for 2022/23 entry: 

  • £12,500 per year in years 1 and 2
  • £6,500 per year in years 3 and 4
  • (£38,000 total)

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about our research degrees, for further information please contact the programme team:

Email: dppclinprac@exeter.ac.uk

Content and structure

The programme is studied in two stages and includes doctorate-level training in clinical practice research skills:

Stage one

Stage one consists of two years where you will undertake seminars, clinical work with patients, an institutional observation and a small-scale research project. This will be in a challenging environment amidst a supportive community of clinician and researcher peers.

At the end of stage one of the programme, you should be competent to work psychotherapeutically within a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy frame, under supervision, within an institutional setting.

Stage one comprises 210 credits of compulsory modules:

  • Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice I
  • Clinical Seminars and Reflective Practice I
  • Psychoanalytic Theory I
  • Institutional Observation
  • Psychological Therapies Small-Scale Research Project and Viva

You may exit at the end of stage 1 of the programme, having completed all of the modules, with an MSc academic qualification: a Master's in Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Clinical Practice (MPPClinPrac), but no clinical qualification.

Stage two

Stage two of the programme consists of a further two years of clinical practice, clinical work, observations, seminars, and development of a research project relevant to clinical practice.

On successful completion of stage 2 of the programme you should be competent to practise as either a psychodynamic or a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in an independent, ethical practice.

Stage two comprises 330 credits of modules:

  • Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice II
  • Clinical Seminars and Reflective Practice II
  • Psychoanalytic Theory II
  • Developmental Studies and Child Observation
  • Dissertation

You can exit at the end of stage 2 of the programme, having completed all of the modules except the Dissertation module, with an MSc academic qualification and a clinical qualification: a Master's in Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Clinical Practice (Clinical Practice) (MPPClinPrac(CT)).

Blended learning

You will have one intensive teaching block week of in-person learning per term throughout the four years (a total of 12). Learning Set seminars, tutorials and supervision sessions can be joined online. Personal therapy, clinical work and observations are carried out face-to-face and locally to you. This means that the programme can be participated in throughout the UK and internationally.

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