Tavistock qualification in consultation (D10C)

A unique professional qualification in consulting to organisations

This course is a unique professional qualification in consulting to organisations and is delivered from a Tavistock systems-psychodynamic perspective. It forms 50% of our full professional doctorate, Advanced practice and research consultation and the organisation (D10D), and is delivered by highly experienced consultants and practitioners from renowned consultancy services, Tavistock Consulting.

The deadline for applications to this course is provisionally set for Wednesday 31 July 2024. However, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as spaces are limited and can be competitive.

Please note: you may see the D10C course also referred to as SCTCTP001 in communications from our application system.

About this course

This course will support you in the development of your consultancy practice. It includes a work-focused professional practice seminar, consultancy work discussion groups, theory led discussion groups and individual consultancy supervision.

The course is integrated across year groups and you will join with students studying for our professional doctorate in consultation and the organisation.

You will carry out consultancy projects in different settings and across sectors working alone and as part of a team.

You will become part of a learning community of consultant practitioners and researchers based at our consultancy partner, Tavistock Consulting.

You may choose to transfer to our full Professional doctorate, Advanced practice and research consultation and the organisation (D10D), after attending one or more years of this programme, successful completion of which fulfils 50% of the taught requirements for the professional doctorate.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you are an organisational consultant or manager who wishes to acquire a thorough grounding in a systems-psychodynamic methodology and develop your practice to an advanced level.

Course details

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • have achieved a master’s in consulting to organisations from a systems-psychodynamic perspective, either at the Tavistock or another institution
  • are engaged in work as a consultant, either employed or self-employed, or as an employee within an organisation with managerial responsibilities – as the teaching methods rely on learning from experience at emotional, social and intellectual levels, a capacity to work in this way is essential

We welcome applications from those with equivalent experience. You will need to be able to demonstrate that your master’s course content covered a similar syllabus to our Consulting and leading in organisations psychodynamic and systemic approaches (D10) course or that you have gained equivalent learning and experience independently.


£5,090 per year (2024/25)


£10,180 per year (2024/25)

You will be charged course fees for each year of your course. If your course is longer than one year, the fees that you will be charged after the first year will be subject to an annual inflationary increase. This will either be an increase of 3% or the Consumer Price Inflation as on 1 September of that year – whichever is the greater. At its discretion, the Trust may determine a figure between these two rates. Please refer to our Student Fees & Refund Policy for further information.

Financial support may be available to help you fund your studies at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.


Students are required to carry out a minimum of six consultancy assignments throughout the programme, in which they will either work alone or, where appropriate (and where the student has a primary role), as part of a team.

Five of these assignments must be written up as detailed case studies (two in years one and two and one in year three). They are assessed on the basis of application of an ethical and client-centred systems psychodynamic approach, understanding of organisational function and self-reflective capacity.

Other assignments are recorded as field notes as part of a practice log. This log is then appended to a professional development summary report which forms the last assignment which is assessed on the basis of reflective self-appraisal, consultancy mindset and the range of work presented.


This course is part-time, with face-to-face teaching sessions taking place monthly on Fridays.

Course dates for the academic year 24/25:

  • Friday 4 October
  • Friday 15 November
  • Friday 13 December
  • Friday 10 January
  • Friday 14 February
  • Friday 14 March
  • Friday 11 April
  • Friday 16 May

Graduates of this course have:

  • improved and developed their consultancy practice
  • developed internal consultant roles
  • taken up senior management and executive leadership roles
  • become self-employed
  • created a strong professional network and community of practice
  • become ambassadors of the Tavistock approach in consultancy and the organisation

Why study with us?

This course is designed to equip you, as a professional consultant, to work with the complexity of contemporary organisations in private and public sectors.

It will also provide you with the capacity to train others in organisational consultancy and provide opportunities for you to develop and deepen your understanding of complex organisational issues, whether you are in or seeking a high-level management position.


“I decided to study at the Tavistock and Portman as I was keen to undertake study in organisational dynamics from an interpersonal and systemic perspective. Having attended CPD courses here, I felt that this would be a positive place to study; the course also came recommended to me. The teachers on the course are all experienced consultants and have a lot of practice behind them.”

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