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Subject area:    Counseling Psychology / Psychology Bachelor, Master, Doctorate  

(alternative spelling: counselling psychology) 


Awarding body:            Calamus International University.  For further details of CIU please see the about page.


Status of course:          The degrees are non-UK qualifications. For status of CIU please see the status page.  CIU is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.  


Entry requirements:      Bachelor - by accelerated entry - approx. 50% credit from previous studies and/or experience needed for entry.

                                   Master -  a suitable bachelor's degree or professional qualifications are normally required.
                                   Doctorate -  a Bachelor's degree (and preferably a Master's) plus professional qualifications are normally required.


Method of study:            Distance learning (taught course units are textbook-based) Textbooks are not included in tuition fees. 


Start date:                        Any time of year (subject to availability)


Duration:                         The standard period of registration for an accelerated (advanced-entry) Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree or a Doctorate is a maximum of 18 months, after which registration lapses unless continuing registration fees are paid.  This plan ensures that students can (a) complete as soon as academic requirements are fulfilled and (b) do not have to pay for long compulsory registration periods of several years before the final requirements can be met.  In some cases, where the student needs to meet additional requirements, the agreed initial registration period will be up to 24 months.




This brochure should be read together with the Calamus general prospectus (catalogue) and Course Unit List.  Calamus International University degrees are not UK degrees and do not have government accreditation.



Counseling (Counselling) Psychology / other areas of Psychology

Your syllabus will be built around the course units we offer covering general psychology, counselling (counseling) psychology, psychotherapy, counselling skills, abnormal psychology, stress management, transpersonal psychology, developmental psychology, business psychology, positive psychology, hypnotherapy and other areas plus electives (optional choices) in energy psychology, spirituality, life coaching and other fields.

All the course units you will take are subject to individual negotiation according to your interests and the subjects covered by your previous credit. The degree plan can include some independent study, and additional units can be created (subject to approval) in your areas of interest.  

Majors available for Psychology degrees

The major or concentration of your degree will depend on the core focus of your studies.

At Bachelor’s level the major we usually offer is Counselling Psychology since most of our students are from the helping and therapeutic professions. Counselling Psychology includes the study of psychotherapy.

At Master’s level the major can be Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology or other majors subject to approval.   

At Psy.D. level it is possible for the degree certificate to cite the area of concentration of studies, such as:

Psy.D. in Counselling Psychology

Psy.D. in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Psy.D. in Transpersonal Psychology

Psy.D. in Psychology of …


Bachelor's degree in Counseling (Counselling) Psychology

The Bachelor’s degree – awarded by Calamus International University - is by distance learning only, and is an accelerated programme that might be compared to advanced entry to a full-time degree course.  It is meant for persons who can offer considerable credit towards a degree comprising prior education/training, professional qualifications and/or general credit.  The typical accelerated-entry Bachelor's degree will take 18 months to complete.

The final phase of the degree is made up by taking Calamus International University taught distance learning units and a project is usually required, though there are provisions for waiving the project and requiring taught units only for suitable candidates.  Ongoing credit can also be given for achievements after enrolment related to psychology, or for trainings undertaken whilst enrolled (for example a hypnotherapy certification or a personal growth workshop).

If you do not have sufficient credit for an accelerated Bachelor’s degree it may be possible to provide a longer programme or to advise you on suitable course to bridge the gap, but the cost and duration of study will probably be more than for the accelerated Bachelor's degree.

Calamus International University specialises in counselling psychology. This is a broad field which can include the study of counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy plus various personal growth areas.  Students will normally be asked to take a comprehensive general psychology course and topics in various additional areas of psychology. Students may also take electives from other fields from our Course Unit List.

There are no core courses apart from the general introductory psychology module. Instead, a unique syllabus is negotiated for you according to your interests and needs, drawing from the many topics we offer.  You are welcome to enquire before you enrol if you wish to know whether we can provide instruction in any areas of psychology of special concern to you.

The Calamus International University psychology degrees are non-UK academic qualifications and they are not professional trainings in counselling or psychotherapy.  Credit may be given for past or ongoing professional training subject for approval.

CIU psychology degrees and careers

Even if you have a degree in psychology from a mainstream UK university, jobs in psychology are scarce as competition is severe and a Master’s degree plus additional training is often required.  To be a “Chartered Psychologist” in the UK, you must have a government-accredited degree, and Calamus International University does not prepare you for that path.  Nor does it prepare you to be a licensed psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist in any other country.  However, a knowledge of psychology can be useful in many fields especially counselling and psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NLP, life coaching, business consulting, advertising and sales, management training, personal growth and self-development, human resources, child care, caring, stress management, adult education, auxiliary mental health work and other careers.  These careers may require you to obtain additional qualifications, though a psychology degree is not essential.  Many people in the UK practise some form of counselling, coaching or psychotherapy without a psychology degree, and desire such a degree to supplement their professional qualifications and extend their knowledge. Many people wish to study psychology for personal interest and have quite different occupations. 

Psychology degrees for students who have degrees in other subjects

Calamus International University can allow  a complete change in major at postgraduate level. Therefore, if you have a Bachelor’s degree in another field, it is possible to go on to a Master’s degree in Psychology. The only provision is that enough psychology is studied in your new degree programme, and there is an extensive introductory/revision module which can be taken at any level if you are new to the subject or have insufficient relevant credit.

If you already have a Bachelor’s but not in psychology, it will normally be possible for you to start with a CIU MA programme in Psychology.

For further advice please send your full curriculum vitae or resume with complete details of all previous training and relevant experience, especially of counselling, therapies, personal growth, etc.

Master’s and Doctoral degrees

The Master's degree in Counselling Psychology (or other area of Psychology) normally requires a Bachelor's degree but if you do not have a first degree but have professional qualifications or a higher/advanced diploma, direct entry to the MA might be possible.

Similar to Bachelor’s degrees, an individual syllabus is negotiated for Master’s and Doctoral levels depending on the student’s interests, and the major can be decided to reflect the concentration of study.

Calamus International University also awards the following taught doctorates:

Psy.D.  - Doctor of Psychology

DCH (Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy) – for qualified hypnotherapists.

DAH (Doctor of Analytical Hypnotherapy) and DTH (Doctor of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy) – these are post-doctoral degrees requiring a PsyD, PhD, DCH or equivalent.

D.H.Sc. (Doctor of Holistic Sciences)  This professional doctorate is for those who wish to combine a number of fields in a taught doctoral programme, such as complementary health studies, hypnotherapy, NLP, counselling, metaphysics, parapsychology, etc. It is not a practitioner qualification in itself, and applicants should normally be qualified in a relevant profession or field of work.

CIU can also offer Ph.D. research degrees. These now require at least 60 credits. In addition to the dissertation, additional credit will be gained by taking some CIU taught course units and/or allowing transfer credit for professional qualifications and professional continuing education.  If you have an ongoing major project (such as an unpublished book or a book in progress), this may be considered in lieu of a dissertation.

If you have an ABD (all but dissertation) in Psychology from an American or similar university, we will consider you as a transfer student  to CIU to finish your Ph.D. by independent study and dissertation.  People who have had to interrupt or their doctoral studies due to college closure or personal reasons can now find a means of finally earning a doctorate by distance learning through the CIU transfer programme.

Combined degrees

It is possible to save tuition fees by registering for a combined Bachelor’s/Master’s or Bachelor’s/Doctorate or a combined Master’s/Doctorate. 

We can only register you for a combined Bachelor’s/Master’s or Bachelor’s/Psy.D with CIU if you already have considerable transferable credit towards a Bachelor’s degree (see above).  Otherwise, you will have to register for the Bachelor’s degree alone in the first instance.

With dual registration, the first degree may be awarded once the minimum amount of work to complete the degree has been completed.

You are welcome to contact us to discuss your study possibilities in more detail.

Please email if you have any queries.


Credit requirements


Bachelor -  120 credits including transfer credits.

Master -  45 credits including any transfer credits if the degree includes a thesis, or 48 credits without a thesis.

Doctorate (taught or research) - minimum 60 credits including any transfer credits if the degree includes a dissertation, or 70 credits without a dissertation.  The Ph.D. must include a dissertation.  A research doctorate will normally incorporate postgraduate transfer credits or credits from professional trainings.  If insufficient transfer credit is available then some CIU taught course modules may need to be taken in addition to the research programme and dissertation.


One credit is nominally equivalent to one semester hour as in the typical American degree programme. The average course unit taken with CIU has a value of 3 credits or 3 semester hours.




Further advice


This brochure cannot cover everything, and further advice is available on enquiry. For best advice, please send us a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume with details of all relevant trainings you have done.


To see our prospectus and course unit list, and also to download an application form, please go to our downloads page

To see our tuition fees on-line please go to our tuition fees page


Calamus International University which awards the degrees is not a UK or US university - for status details click here.


If you have any queries please contact us, preferably by email on 


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