Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

PhD Counselling Studies

The PhD/MPhil in Counselling Studies programme is an advanced research degree enabling students to conduct in-depth independent research on a topic of their choice, thereby contributing to the knowledge and evidence base for counselling and psychotherapy.

Start date

September and January. 

Length of study Three years full-time, six years part-time
Programme director Jonathan Wyatt


Students who successfully complete the MPhil / PhD will have a number of important skills and capabilities.


PhD and MPhil study involves substantial independent research supported by an academic supervisor or supervisors.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements for the PhD programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Before you apply

Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences is a small subject area, which specialises in qualitative, reflexive and critical research approaches.


We operate a gathered field approach for PhD and MSc by Research applications, find out how this works.

Career prospects

A PhD or MPhil from the University of Edinburgh enhances the career prospects of professionally qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and practitioners using counselling skills in related fields, such as health care, social work or education.

Beyond the programme

Students can return to the University to attend continuing professional development courses to support their ongoing professional development as counsellors and psychotherapists.

Tuition Fees information

Related links

PhD by Distance

Scholarships and Student Funding Information