Tavistock qualification in consultation (D10C)

Course overview

This course is a unique professional qualification in consulting to organisations and is delivered from a ‘Tavistock’ systems-psychodynamic perspective.

Want to hear more? Join this course information session at our virtual open day on Saturday 25 June. Book your place using our booking form here.

This programme 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 in consulting to organisations (D10D) after attending one or more years of the TQC programme. Successful completion of the TQC fulfils 50% of the taught requirements for the professional doctorate.

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..

What our students say:

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.

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

  • have achieved an MA in consulting to organisations from a systems-psychodynamic perspective, either at the Tavistock or another university. 
  • 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 the our MA in consulting and leading in organisations or that you have gained equivalent learning and experience independently.


Part-time, monthly on Fridays


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 are written up as detailed case studies (two in Years 1 and 2 and one in year 3). 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 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.     


8 October 

12 November 

10 December 


7 Jan 

11 February

11 March 

22 April 

20 May 

17 June.

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Karen Izod

Karen Izod, D.Phil, MA., CQSW has been working as an independent consultant to organisational change and professional development, as an educator and researcher for over 30 years.  She has a long-standing association with the Tavistock & Portman Trust and with the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations where she is a founder and former director of their professional development programmes in consulting for change, and in coaching.

Karen has extensive experience in consulting to organisations both nationally and internationally across wide-ranging sectors: financial services and banking, health and social care, government, professional practice and arts-based organisations.

She is concerned with the way individuals and working groups build and sustain connection with each other, so as to bring more effective and creative selves to their work. This relational practice involves a continuing interplay between research, consultancy and educational practices to support change, and the awareness gained from experiential forms of learning and the arts.

Karen has an an Advanced training in Social Work from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and a Master’s degree in Advanced Organisational Consultancy from the Tavistock Institute.  Her doctorate from the University of West of England develops theory in the understanding of group and organisational processes from a relational systems-psychoanalytic perspective.

Karen is additionally visiting tutor at Henley Business School on their MSc Coaching and Behavioural Change and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of West of England where she has been working on themes of attachment and representation. 


£ 4,390 per year


£ 8,780 per year

For more information about how Brexit may affect your fee status, please see Brexit information for EU & EEA and Swiss Nationals

Please note that course fees are subject to a 3% or CPI uplift each year, whichever is greater.

We are happy offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses. 

Trust Certificate
Course length:
3 years
The Tavistock Centre, London
Admission status:
Course lead:
Dr. Karen Izod