Postgraduate programmes

Existential Psychotherapy

Advanced Diploma

Focus on the question of existence rather than cognitive notions of self, and experience rather than theory.

Part Time
Psychotherapy & Psychology
  • NameExistential Psychotherapy
  • QualificationAdvanced Diploma
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Study modePart time
  • Duration2 years
  • Tuition fees£7,000 *
  • ScholarshipsNo *
  • Next start date15 January 2018
  • Future start dateJanuary 2019
  • Study abroadNo
  • ValidationNot applicable


* Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa. *

 The Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (ADEP) provides specialist psychotherapy training emphasising the challenges, innovations and re-interpretations of the therapeutic encounter.

The course will prepare you for advanced professional work in both private and institutional practice. Successful completion will bring eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional bodies.



This is a part-time course, designed to be completed in two years.

It consists of one full day’s attendance for 30 weeks a year, arranged into six 10-week modules.

There are two modules, one in each year. Each module comprises a number of module components (see below). The course follows a linear sequence, each successive module component building on the previous one. As such, the minimum period for a break in studies is one academic year to accommodate re-entry at the appropriate module in the sequence.

Additional Information

Clinical -placement
You are expected to work throughout the course, with normally three adult clients on a minimum once-weekly basis. At least one of these should be long-term. You must complete during the course a minimum of 200 hours of supervised clinical practice to qualify for the ADEP. This will count towards the total of 450 hours needed for UKCP membership.

Every student is required to undertake individual therapy with an approved UKCP, BPS [HPCP] or BPC -registered therapist throughout the duration of the course.



Year 1: Module 1

  • Heidegger and Existential Psychotherapy
  • Existence and Therapy
  • The Body, Love and Sexuality

Year 2: Module 2

  • Research methods within the Existential Paradigm
  • Intersubjectivity and Relatedness
  • Critical Psychopathology and Existential Therapy
  • Language
  • Ethics
  • Student-led Seminars Communication 

See module descriptions

Study methods

The course consists of academic seminars, experiential seminars, small-group training supervisions, participation in personal and professional development groups, as well as clinical practice guided by experienced professionals.

You will also be in weekly individual psychotherapy with an approved UKCP, BPS [HPCP] or BPC -registered therapist throughout your training.

Academic Calendar

Assessment structure

Each of Modules 1 and 2 is assessed summatively via:

  • Academic paper (5,000 words)
  • Client Study (5,000 words)
  • Personal and Professional Development paper (5,000 words)

Students are assessed formatively via:

  • Student presentations
  • Observed practice
  • Qualities of participation
  • Clinical Portfolio

Students with disabilities

Some classes are delivered in teaching rooms accessed via stairs. If you have a condition that affects your mobility and you require ground floor rooms, or rooms with lift access, please notify Student Registry as soon as possible. You are also advised to contact the Disability Officer.

Future opportunities

The course will prepare you for advanced professional work in both private and institutional practice. Successful completion will bring eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional bodies.


UKCP membership 

The Society for Existential Analysis is an accrediting organisation within the Constructivist and Existential College of the UKCP, and registers graduates of the ADEP as UKCP registered existential psychotherapists.


BACP accreditation
At the end of Year 1, you may have enough training hours to apply for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Application to the BACP can only be done by the individual and the School is unable to play a role in this process.

Academic requirements

Completion of the taught components of the MA Psychotherapy & Counselling, or an equivalent master's level professional training in psychotherapy, counselling or counselling psychology.

A knowledge and understanding of existential philosophy commensurate with Masters level.

Personal qualities

Applicants are required to demonstrate emotional maturity and an ability to be self-reflective: to function effectively and ethically under pressure; to participate in ways which deepen levels of contemplation; and to manage conflict constructively.

Clinical experience and personal therapy

Completion of a minimum of 100 client-contact hours in a formal clinical placement, and completion of a minimum of two years regular individual psychotherapy.


English requirements

* Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa. *

If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English proficiency, such as IELTS with an overall score of 7.0

For more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.


On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us:

15 January 2018


How to apply

Step 1 Apply

  • Macro alias: Applyonline

Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One letter of academic reference and one reference detailing professional/clinical experience
  • A 1,000-word personal statement/essay outlining: your background; a rationale for your choice of an existential approach to psychotherapy; your expectations in terms what you hope to learn
  • A brief 500-word case discussion that illustrates your clinical work
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at:
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency
  • CV/résumé
  • Details of professional/voluntary psychotherapy and counselling work experience

Step 2 Making an offer

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be invited to attend an interview.

There are three possible outcomes from the interview: unconditional offer; conditional offer; no offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

* Please note: applicants will be expected to attend an interview before an unconditional offer can be made.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
  • Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation.

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Annual fees for students commencing studies in spring will span financial years. Spring and autumn fees will be invoiced at the rate applicable for that term.


Fees January 2017

Annual tuition fee: £7,000
Advance deposit: £500 (non-refundable)

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