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PGCert Psychedelics: Mind, Medicine, and Culture (Online) - 2025 entry

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 12 months *
Entry year September 2024


Discipline PGCert Psychedelics: Mind, Medicine, and Culture (Online)

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Programme Director: Professor Celia Morgan and Dr Peter Sjostedt-Hughes

Typical offer

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A 2:1 with honours in any discipline from a recognised university

Contextual offers


We are now closed for January 2024 entry. Our next start date for this programme will be September 2024. Please enquire for more information and to register your interest. Applications will open in June 2024.

*This PGCert runs in January and September (there is no May entry) therefore depending when you start the course the duration may take up to 12 months. The course may take longer than the minimum 8 months we previously stated, if you take a break between modules.

  • Enrol in the UK's first academically certified programme in the psychedelics field.
  • Be taught by world-leading academics at the forefront of psychedelic research.
  • Enhance your knowledge and understanding of key theories and approaches in psychedelics involving both science and philosophy.
  • Learn about psychological therapy, neuroscience, ethics, metaphysics, and research methods which are key components of psychedelic therapist training. 

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

We are now closed for January 2024 entry. Our next start date for this programme will be September 2024.

Please enquire for more information and to register your interest. Applications will open in June 2024.

Top 100 in the world for Psychology

QS World University Rankings 2023

Top 10 for Psychology

Guardian University Guide 2024

Fully online programme

Learn from world-leading experts

Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in their first degree in any subject. Applications from candidates who have relevant professional or practical experience will also be considered.

Entry requirements for international students

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course.

The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2.

Find out more about our English language requirements.

Course content

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. The modules listed here are indicative. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on your point of entry, staff availability and research interests, new topics of study and student demand.

With exponential growth in the number of trials, studies and research into psychedelics, there is growing acceptance that widespread psychedelic therapeutic access could soon be a reality.

This programme has been developed not only for therapists, counsellors and psychiatrists who are interested in branching out into the psychedelic sphere, but also for those with a growing interest in psychedelic research and want to continue their studies in this space. We have a global reputation as leaders in psychedelic healthcare and you will be taught by academics at the forefront of research.

During the course you will be introduced to the practical and theoretical sides of contemporary psychedelic research and learn how such therapy is developed. You will also delve into the ethical aspects of global psychedelic use, including decolonisation, laws, patents, ecology and feminism.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the Faculty website.

Students may enter the programme during two fixed starting dates during the academic calendar, which are January and September. The module running order will be dictated by your entry point and the corresponding module/s available on the carousel model at that entry date.

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
PSYM235Z Psychedelics: Therapeutic Practice and the Metaphysics of Mind 30
PSYM236Z Psychedelics: Neuroscience and Cultural Ethics 30

Fees and funding


£4,200 for full PGCert

How to pay

You can pay online using a credit or debit card. We are unable to give you access to your study materials before your payment reaches us so it’s important to have your finances in place and pay when prompted to ensure you can access your studies at the start of each term.

Other costs to consider

As well as your fees, there are some potential additional costs to be aware of to ensure that you give yourself the best chance of success. These include a suitable computer or device to study and work from, an adequate internet connection to access your learning materials and connect with others, and a comfortable place to study. 

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Teaching and learning

Psychedelics research at Exeter

Exeter is at the forefront of psychedelics research. Professor Celia Morgan is leading researcher on psychedelics as a treatment for addiction. Professor Christine Hauskeller is an expert in philosophy of medicine, sociology and the ethics of emerging healthcare technologies and is examining clinical trial methodology in psychedelic research through this lens.

Dr Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes, Dr Leor Roseman and Dr Andy Letcher are world-leading experts of psychedelics, covering a wide array of disciplinary orientations. Other academics who teach on the course have international reputations for psychedelics research including Dr Alex Shaw (computational modelling of neural activity following psychedelics) and Professor Anke Karl (MDMA to aid trauma reprocessing in PTSD).

Online study

Online study provides a flexible approach to postgraduate education, enabling you to enhance your career without interrupting it. To make studying as easy as possible, all your learning will be accessed online in our all-encompassing Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) including:

  • Teaching materials – as written, recorded, or animated content
  • Quizzes to check your learning and understanding
  • Videos, podcasts and articles to read
  • Access to electronic books 

Your learning will be divided up into a weekly schedule so you can see what work you should aim to get through on a weekly basis. 

Supporting you 

We are dedicated to making your online education experience as smooth as possible, so that you can achieve your full potential. You will have a dedicated Student Support Advisor who will be your point of contact for advice and guidance and academic support from your module tutor. 

Additionally, you will be supported by Wellbeing and Welfare Services, IT and an employability team for career support and advice. For more information, visit our services for online students webpage.

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This course opens doors to a wide array of exciting career opportunities. As the UK's first academically certified programme in the psychedelics field, the course will equip you with the knowledge and skillset to help you stand out from the crowd in this rapidly growing sector.  

The PGCert will be beneficial to aspiring psychedelic-assisted psychotherapists, practitioners wishing to upskill, or individuals with an interest in psychedelic research who are looking to continue their studies. 

Career support

At the University of Exeter, we have an excellent reputation among recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the job market. The dedicated Career Zone offers careers training, events, advice and mentoring to ensure you have the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field. Studying with us not only advances your knowledge but also empowers you for a successful future. 

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