Therapeutic Counselling MSc

The MSc Therapeutic Counselling programme is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. It provides excellent training and education for those who seek a formal counselling qualification matched to BACP professional body requirements and competences.

This programme is suitable for applications from: allied health disciplines; those who are seeking to make a career change but have some experience (voluntary or otherwise) in a helping capacity e.g. human resources, law, social services, education; or those seeking to enhance current professional practice with insight into the theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy and the management of high intensity distress.

The MSc Therapeutic Counselling's flexible entry system may also appeal if you have previous post graduate counsellor training and are seeking a master's level qualification accredited by the BACP.

Students of this programme will attend an afternoon and evening per week, for three terms (i.e. 28 weeks) per year. Applications are considered throughout the year.

The Department ofPsychology, Social Work & Counselling is a trusted provider of excellent academicdegrees and vocational training. Our teaching staff are research active and areexperts in their respective field.  Thedepartment is consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey. Wepride ourselves on combining high-quality teaching with world-class researchand a vibrant student experience. We have well-equipped facilities andlaboratories to support our activities and we employ creative teaching methodsand assessment techniques. All our programmes offer a wide choice of coursesand we welcome and offer support to students from a range of backgrounds.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide you with a range of therapeutic counselling techniques based on an integrative relationship model
  • To enable you to examine critically and reflect on counselling theory in the light of a range of contextual issues and cultural differences
  • To give you opportunities to understand the impact of context on the practice of counselling
  • To provide you with the opportunity to follow individual theoretical, professional and research interests, determine how to integrate theory and practice, evaluate your practice in the light of different theoretical perspectives, and study a theoretical approach to an advanced level.

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MSc Award
September Start
Part-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • An honours degree at 2:1 or above
  • PLUS some knowledge of counselling skills
  • PLUS experience of working with people in a helping capacity.
  • Applicants are required to submit a separate personal statement of at least 500 words in support of their interest in pursuing counsellor training. Eligible applicants will then be invited to attend a small group information session, plus a formal one to one interview.
  • Applicants with suitable prior learning may seek direct entry. You may gain exemption from the first year courses thereby completing the programme in two years.
  • Applicants seeking direct entry will be required to present a portfolio demonstrating successful equivalent postgraduatecertificate level training
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 7.0 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

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