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.


The 2017/18 tuition fees for this course are:

Per yearUK/EUOverseas
Years 1 and 2



Years 3-5



Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated. For the PhD Professional Practice, students remain on the fee structure in place when they commenced their studies, unless they have interrupted for a period of one or more academic years.

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. 

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 on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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 Centre for Applied Psychology.

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  • 5-7 years 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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