Consultation and the organisation (D10D)

Course Overview 

A professional training in consulting to organisations from a ‘Tavistock’ systems-psychodynamic perspective, providing an opportunity to undertake scholarly research and contribute to the knowledge base in the field.

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Home/EU: £5799 International: £11598
Professional Doctorate
Course Length 
4 years (min)
Course Type 
On site
Study Attendance 
Part - time
Who is this course for?

This course is for organisational consultants and managers who wish to acquire a thorough grounding in a systems-psychodynamic methodology, gain research skills and pursue an original research project.

Course outline

The course consists of the following elements:

  • work discussion seminar
  • professional practice seminar
  • individual practice supervision
  • research in practice seminar
  • research design and methods
  • researching organisations seminar
  • tutorial support
  • integration and synthesis group
  • research support and development seminar
  • individual research supervision
  • linking practice seminar

Years one to three

Years one to three
The course has two main elements: the professional practice programme and the consultancy research project leading to the final thesis.  You will carry out consultancy projects in different settings, across sectors, either working alone or as part of a team.

The professional practice programme supports you in the development of your consultancy practice.  It includes a work-focused professional practice seminar, together with consultancy work discussion groups, theory led discussion groups and individual consultancy supervision.

The research component involves an investigation within psychoanalytic and/or systemic frameworks.

You will be expected to make an original and scholarly contribution to the field of organisational consultancy or to the understanding of organisational dynamics.

Your research topic will start from curiosity about aspects of your professional practice and you may develop your question from consultation work done within the professional practice programme.

Research is supported by a grounding in research methods through taught seminars in years one to three of the course, a dedicated seminar on researching organisations and group and individual research supervision with experts in the field.

Why study with us?

This course will:

  • provide you with an advanced and sophisticated ‘Tavistock’ training in organisational consultancy, designed to equip you, as a professional consultant, to work with the complexity of contemporary organisations in private and public sectors
  • provide the opportunity to undertake high-quality research informed by professional practice, designed to increase and augment the knowledge base of the profession
  • provide you with the capacity to train others in organisational consultancy
  • provide opportunities for you if you are in, or seeking, a high-level management position to develop and deepen your understanding of complex organisational issues.

To achieve this award, you are required to pass all taught elements of the course, and be examined for and pass a thesis of 40,000 words.


Attendance is two consecutive days per month, a Thursday and Friday.  The majority of the teaching takes place at the offices of Tavistock Consulting, 94 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BE.

Academic award

On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Professional Doctorate, currently from the University of Essex.

Entry requirements

You will have achieved an MA in Consulting to Organisations from a systems-psychodynamic perspective, either at the Tavistock or another university. You must also be 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 the Tavistock MA in Consulting and Leading in Organisations or that you have gained equivalent learning and experience independently.


The fees for academic year 2016/17 Year 1 enrolment are:

  • Home/EU students: £5799
  • International students: £11598

Please see guidance on the definition of an international student.

Read more information on fees and funding  and fee regulations.

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What students say?

“Involvement with the D10D programme has enabled me to think much more clearly and analytically about my professional work with clients, and also to confidently take on consultancy roles of increasing scale and complexity. I have found the research component particularly rewarding and exciting, as it has enabled me to develop a proposal that opens up new horizons in my intellectual and professional development.”


"The Doctorate certainly does what it says on the box. I feel much more able to take up my role as a consultant, and near the end of completing my research, have been offered several senior positions in the consultancy world. Delighted.”

“Teaching is consistently high quality; the course design is a strength.”

“As an independent practitioner I have been able to think more clearly about my work.”

Anonymous D10D student feedback

Course tutor

Judith Bell, Course Director

Judith is the Director of Tavistock Consulting and is a chartered psychologist and organisational leadership consultant with over 20 years’ experience of working with individuals, groups, teams and organisations across all sectors.

She specialises in executive coaching, to board level across all sectors and leadership role consultation to senior leaders, bringing an approach informed by psychodynamic and systemic thinking, such that the work is firmly rooted in the current organisational context.

Course dates

The academic year will begin on Monday 26th September 2016.

Please see term dates for full information.


Length of course 2 years (taught), plus 2-3 years (research only).

Opening dates for applications

Applications will open in January 2016.

Closing date for applications

Course applications will close in July 2016, please contact the course administrator for further information.