PhD in Counselling Psychology

Program Overview

Psychology is needed general practice and health service–provision specialty in mental health. Therefore, this PhD in Psychology programme is intended to prepare a student to function as psychologist, a trainer and/or as a researcher.  It focuses on personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span and on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental and organizational concerns. Psychology centers on typical or normal developmental issues as well as atypical or disordered development as it applies to human experience from individual, family, group, systems, and organizational perspectives. Psychologists help people with physical, emotional, and mental disorders improve well-being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, and resolve crises. In addition, practitioners in this profession provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology.

Within the Psychology Programme the psychologist’s role is conceptualized as that of a professional scientist-practitioner who works within a shared care model of multidisciplinary health service delivery. The psychologist as a professional is guided by codes of ethics and practice such as those laid down by the Uganda Council of Psychologists and Uganda Counselling Association.

In addition to this programme offers variety of alternatives in the field of psychology which include Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Industrial/organization Psychology, Neuropsychology, Educational Psychology, Applied Psychology and Environmental Psychology.

Course Duration: 3 Years

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here are some career path options for someone with a PhD in Counselling Psychology:

  1. Counselling Psychologist: With a PhD in Counselling Psychology, graduates can pursue a career as a counselling psychologist. Counselling psychologists work with individuals, couples, and families to help them overcome personal, emotional, and mental health challenges. They use evidence-based interventions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, to help clients achieve their goals.
  2. Clinical Psychologist: Clinical psychologists assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders. With their knowledge of counselling psychology and clinical training, graduates can become clinical psychologists in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, mental health clinics, and private practice.
  3. Researcher: Graduates with a PhD in Counselling Psychology can pursue a career as a researcher in academic institutions, research organizations, or government agencies. Researchers in counselling psychology conduct studies to investigate the effectiveness of different counselling interventions and identify best practices in counselling psychology.
  4. Academician: With their expertise in counselling psychology, graduates can become academicians and teach counselling psychology courses in academic institutions.
  5. Counselor Educator: Counselor educators teach and train students in counselling psychology programs. With their knowledge of counselling psychology and teaching experience, graduates can become counselor educators in academic institutions.
  6. Program Director: Program directors oversee the development and implementation of counselling psychology programs in nonprofit organizations, mental health clinics, and government agencies. With their knowledge of counselling psychology and program management, graduates can become program directors and work to develop and implement counselling programs that align with organizational goals.
  7. Mental Health Consultant: Mental health consultants provide advice and guidance to organizations on mental health issues and program implementation. With their expertise in counselling psychology, graduates can become mental health consultants in consulting firms or start their own consulting business.

These are just a few examples of the many career paths available to someone with a PhD in Counselling Psychology. It’s essential to note that these careers are not mutually exclusive, and there may be opportunities to move between them throughout a person’s career.


In order to enhance the quality of PhD education, Nkumba University, establishes acceptable standards and guidelines for the same. This has been recognised as an important process of establishing sustainable internal quality assurance mechanisms and system that will ensure that the awards of the University meet national, regional and global standards of excellence. Click here for full guidelines

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