Psychological Intervention: IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) PGDip

Why choose this course?

Our postgraduate diploma in Psychological Intervention: IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) offers training that will develop your core counselling skills and (subject to successful programme accreditation) gain a full therapy qualification in working with adults using this model.

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommends interpersonal psychotherapy as a treatment for depression, and it’s also part of the Government’s provision to increase the availability of talking therapies through the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme. This programme is designed to train therapists in this specific approach.

At the moment, this is the only course in the UK that can give you interpersonal therapy training in order to work with adult clients with no previous therapy qualification, as long as you have appropriate experience. You’ll also have the option to complete a third research year after this two-year PGDip to obtain an MSc.

What you will study

This psychological intervention programme has been designed to meet your needs if you don’t already have a therapy qualification, but aspire to become a qualified practitioner in NICE-recommended psychological therapy.

The PGDip Psychological Intervention: IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) will train you in the theoretical understanding of mental health issues, and develop your skills in using the IPT model with adult clients.

You’ll learn through a rich range of learning experiences, including the opportunity to integrate theory with practice. After completing the programme, you’ll be able to provide high quality therapy to adults.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PGDip Part-time 24 months Oct 2018
Stag Hill

Programme leader

DEACON LA Ms (Psychology)

Our students

  • Dr Gemima Fitzgerald, PsychD Practitioner Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

    "I loved the placements on my course and the breadth of experience I was able to gain over the three years."

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Our graduates

  • Marta Topor, BSc Psychology

    "The psychology department is fantastic. The lecturers are very enthusiastic and they support every student as an individual, taking into consideration their needs, interests and career plans."

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  • Y. Gavriel Ansara, PhD Psychology

    "I spent several years searching for an academic supervisor who could expand my thinking and challenge me intellectually... I found that supervisor at Surrey."

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The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand. All modules listed are compulsory.

Timetable

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). The course modules are delivered across two academic semesters with lectures most often on a Wednesday and/ or Thursday, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can assist you in developing your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

Students are encouraged to disclose their condition and register with the service so that they can be appropriately supported during their studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also provided to students where appropriate.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

Educational: First or second class Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), preferably in a relevant subject. 

Experiential: Minimum of nine months' experience (or part-time equivalent) of working directly and in a helping role with people who are experiencing psychological distress and or who have mental health difficulties in either the statutory or voluntary sector. Examples of roles are psychological wellbeing practitioner, psychiatric nurse; bereavement counsellor, support worker; Samaritan; social worker; psychology assistant; occupational therapist.

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Selection process

The application process will also include an interview.

A satisfactory check by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS), formerly known as the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB), is also required.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Part-time Oct 2018 £4,900 £9,800

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018-19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • General/ programme additional costs: £2,400 approx. - Trainees will be expected to pay separately for individual supervision of three of the four pieces of IPT client work they will undertake in the Diploma year. 

Grand total: £2,400 approx.

Funding

Student finance

Find out about the Government's postgraduate taught student finance support and Career Development Loans.

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught masters programme fees.

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Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Contact us

Admissions enquiries

+44 (0)1483 682 222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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