PhD Professional Practice: Psychological Perspectives

Year of entry

Our PhD in Professional Practice: Psychological Perspectives is structured so as to enable an individualised programme of study and research for each candidate, based around a specific chosen theme within their area of professional practice.

The programme is suitable for a wide range of people including:

  • Professionals working in the private, public or voluntary sectors.
  • Managers of services.
  • Graduates of related disciplines (e.g. nursing, psychology, social sciences, social work, occupational therapy).
  • Clinical and non-clinical mental health practitioners (e.g. nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, clinical psychologists, psychological well-being practitioners, counsellors, CBT therapists, mental health workers).
  • Policy makers and commissioners.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  N/A N/A
Part-time Years 1 & 2: £4,345 per year
Years 3 - 5: £2,420 per year

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


The programme requires the completion of a range of pieces of work linked to the chosen theme but focussing on different facets of the area and demonstrating a range of acquired skills and competencies. 

The five elements of the PhD portfolio are chosen to both advance understanding and develop new skills, and be flexible enough to incorporate a broad range of topics.

Each candidate will have an agreed learning plan detailing the theme of study and how each of the elements of the portfolio will contribute to understanding and practice development. For more information read about the Professional Practice portfolio.

If English is not your first language and your university qualifications were not taught and examined in English, you need to submit evidence of your ability in English language with your application. This should be an IELTS or TOEFL test if possible.

The minimum scores needed are: 7.0 for IELTS with no element below 6.5.

More information on this can be found at

Applications for this course can be completed online. You will also need to complete a Learning Plan Proposal, and provide appropriate references

For more details, please visit our page on 'how to apply for a research degree', noting that this particular course uses a different proposal form to other PhDs run at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

For further information, and a more detailed breakdown of this course, please visit our programme web pages at the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 5 years and 6 months part-time

Entry requirements

  • Candidates will be required to demonstrate the potential to study at postgraduate level. Evidence usually includes a good first degree, 1st or 2.1 classification or equivalent. A relevant Master's Degree would strengthen the application.



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