September 2024

Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies (UKCP Accredited)

Postgraduate, Advanced Diploma, September 2024

Please note that this qualification is only available to students who have completed the MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies degree at Newman University.

This course is accredited by the Universities Training College (UTC) of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Course Aim

The aim of the professional pathway in psychotherapy at Newman is to facilitate students’ academic and practical professional development as part of the requirements for professional registration in psychotherapy, in order to be able to practice as Psychotherapists in a range of public, private and voluntary sector contexts nationally. Building upon the MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies, the Advanced Diploma aims to enable students to work with the depth and complexity needed for achieving the status of UKCP registered psychotherapist.

The Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies aims to support graduates:

  1. Able to employ critical thinking and advanced scholarship in assessing client needs, identifying appropriate interventions and monitoring treatment outcomes
  2. Skilled in the delivery of psychotherapeutic interventions to nationally articulated standards of competence for the profession
  3. Able to demonstrate personal qualities of kindness; tolerance to ambiguity, conflict, intimacy and differences; and reflective self-awareness
  4. Cognisant of the current state of the art in psychotherapy, and committed to ongoing professional development and keeping their knowledge base up-to-date
  5. Aware of and equipped to avail themselves of existing employment opportunities across the sector.


The Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies (and associated Certificate in Professional Practice, which is mandatory for Advanced Diploma students) offers 1 year of professional study psychotherapy which, combined with the MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy studies, meets the taught component requirements for professional registration with UKCP in psychotherapy.

The programme (Advanced Diploma) consists of 60 credits at level 7. All modules are mandatory.

Teaching (lectures, seminars, tutorials) will be delivered by Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, Visiting Lecturers and Skills Support Tutors. They have extensive experience in a range of subject areas offered within this course. The programme is coordinated by the programme leader (Faisal Mahmood) responsible for the overall professional programme. Teaching staff who take responsibility for individual modules are referred to as Module Leaders. In addition, every student is allocated a personal tutor. Here in Counselling & Psychotherapy subject area, we currently have a large team of lecturing staff. All staff are registered/accredited members of UKCP, BACP or BPS.

Students are required to attend university for taught sessions one day a week. You are also required to come to university at other times, for example, for tutorials, other meetings and to use the library. Students are also entitled to at least one personal tutorial per semester.

A minimum of 80% attendance per module is required. Failure to meet this requirement for any reason will result in the student being awarded a ‘fail’ mark. The module will then need to be retaken. Only in exceptional circumstances, will a student with lower than 80% attendance be allowed to progress without retaking a module.

Additional commitments (these aspects of the training are self-funded)

  • Personal Therapy: minimum 30 hours per year
  • Clinical supervision: 1:6 ratio (1 hour supervision for every 6 hours of clinical work)
  • Clinical placement: 450 hours (in total)

It is expected that students will undertake a considerable amount of reflecting, reading and note-taking between sessions in order to:

  • prepare for/consolidate lectures
  • write assignments
  • reflect upon client work

Teaching days and times

Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies – Thursday (10:00am – 5:00pm)

In addition, students may be required to attend two Saturdays per year (10am till 5pm)

(Please note that these are reviewed annually and are subject to change)

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

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Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

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Entry Requirements

Please note that this qualification is only available to students who have completed the MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies degree at Newman University.

Upon successful completion of the MSc, students will be able to progress on to the Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies. Students wishing to progress must fill out a direct application form – the link can be found on the MSc Moodle pages.

International Students
The University is not licensed by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Course Fees

The fee for the additional one year programme in 2024/25 is £3,885.

*The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs 

The following costs are in addition to your university fees:

  • Personal Therapy: Minimum 105 hours (for psychotherapeutic counsellor) or 160 hours (for psychotherapist) between £40 – £65 per session. Minimum 30 hours of personal therapy per year.
  • Clinical Supervision as follows: Minimum 75 hours @ between £40 – £65 per hour. 1:6 (1 hour of supervision for every 6 hours of clinical work)
  • An audio recording device and / or memory cards or other approved equipment for the storage of audio client audio and / or video records
  • Annual membership fees to Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA) (mandatory) and UKCP (optional) – normally approximately £50
  • Annual indemnity insurance (payable from year 2 of the MSc – normally at least 4 years) – estimated cost £50-80 per year.
  • Initial Enhanced DBS clearance fee and update levy cost.
  • Travelling costs
  • Books

Certificate in Professional Practice (CPP) Enrolment

 As part of the enrolment process for both the MSc and Advanced Diploma, you will be expected to enrol onto the Certificate in Professional Practice (CPP) at the same time. There is no additional cost for this programme during the taught programme, however, you will be required to pay one module based fee per year (e.g. £1100 for 2021/22) once you have completed your taught component. You will be instructed how to enrol via our admissions team upon being made an offer to the course.


Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes or Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students

  1. During this module, students will work on complex client presentations as part of preparing for professional accreditation as a UKCP psychotherapist. This will be achieved via the consideration of the following practice-based themes:
    • Personal & Professional development
    • Complex Client Presentations and Case Management
  2. This advanced psychotherapy module will offer and in-depth exploration of the theory and practice of clinical assessment processes and clinical case formulation, based on integrative practice which takes full account of social and contextual factors. During this module, students will undertake an in-depth exploration of a range of specialist contexts. This will be achieved via the consideration of a range of practice-based themes. This module will cover two overall topics:
    • Therapy in context
    • Advanced Integration in Practice

Additional Information

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