Study mode details
Part time 4-6 years by Blended Learning
- The Doctor of Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice (DPPClinPrac) programme provides clinical training as either a Psychodynamic or a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
- Training leads to professional registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council and post-graduate membership of the British Psychotherapy Foundation.
- This is a new professional doctorate at the University of Exeter, that has clinical, academic and research components.
- 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.
Exeter has an international reputation for research relevant to clinical practice. This doctoral programme is part of a wider portfolio of Clinical Doctorates within the department of Psychology at Exeter.
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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.
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.
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.
How to apply
In order to be considered for the DPPClinPrac course you will normally be expected to meet all of the following criteria (or equivalent of):
- An Honours degree and evidence of ability to work academically at Master's/Doctoral level.
- 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.
English language requirements
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 B. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
You can apply online using our application portal, where you will be able to submit your research proposal, academic CV and other supporting documents
We are now accepting applications for a September 2023 cohort. We are offering interviews in Summer. Interviews can take place in the university in person, or remotely (on MS Teams or Zoom).
Application deadline: 30 June 2023
Interviews will be scheduled in late June.
Offers will be made at the beginning of July.
After 1 July we accept applications on a rolling individual basis.
The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.
The programme is studied in two stages and includes doctorate-level training in clinical practice research skills:
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 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
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)).
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.
Tuition fees per year 2023/24
- £8,800 year 1 and 2; £6,200 year 3 and 4 (£30,000 total)
- £12,500 year 1 and 2; £6,750 year 3 and 4 (£38,500 total)
Please note: If an applicant is intending to use Accreditation of Prior Learning or indeed any credit transferred into a doctoral programme then they will not be eligible for a student loan via the Student Loan Company (SLC). Therefore, in such a case applicants are expected to research their own sources of funding and read the Terms and Conditions carefully before embarking on any course of study.
Our Postgraduate Funding webpage provides links to further information. If you are considering a PhD in the future, in addition to University of Exeter funding, we have been successful at securing postgraduate funding for PhD research through our Funded centres.
Current available funding
As well as senior and experienced analytically trained clinicians who are also working in various clinical settings, teaching on the programme, students also 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. For more information about the course team and their clinical and research interests, see our Staff Profiles.
You can expect:
- High-quality research supervision to develop and nurture your potential
- A tailored supervision approach to help best suit your requirements
- Accessible supervisors who are enthusiastic about working directly with postgraduate research students
- Regular timetabled meetings with your supervisor
- Regular meetings with your supervisory team, other members of your research group, and mentors
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.