|Duration||12 months *|
|Entry year||September 2024|
|Discipline||PGCert Psychedelics: Mind, Medicine, and Culture (Online)|
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 is a world-leading expert of psychedelics. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.