MA Psychotherapy & Counselling
September and April
3 years, part-time
This course will give you a broad knowledge of psychotherapy and the work of key historical and contemporary figures.
You will explore a range of theoretical perspectives, including existential, psychoanalytic, humanistic and integrative approaches, and develop your own integrated approach to psychotherapy and counselling.
Personal and professional development is a cornerstone of this course. You will be encouraged to evaluate and reflect upon your own personal beliefs and prejudices, to prevent them from influencing your clinical practice.
Your training will prepare you for professional practice, enabling you to develop practical skills within a safe classroom environment.
Clinical placements from Year 2 enable you to apply your theoretical knowledge and acquired skills in a professional context, under the supervision of experienced practitioners.
You must also engage in weekly personal psychotherapy sessions with a UKCP-registered therapist.
£8,100 (Years 1-2); fees vary in Year 3, depending on the pathway chosen
Undergraduate degree and a minimum of 6 months’ relevant work experience OR at least 2 years’ relevant work experience
Introductory certificate course in psychotherapy/ counselling of at least 120 hours
Academic and professional references
Not open to students on a Tier 4 visa
English Language Requirements
IELTS: Overall score 7.0 with 6.0 or above in all 4 components, or equivalent
The MA Psychotherapy & Counselling forms a key part of the professional training route for students wishing to become registered psychotherapists.
Approved clinical placements begin in Year 2 under the supervision of experienced practitioners.
At least 100 hours of clinical practice are needed to complete the course on the Dissertation pathway, and at least 200 hours on the Taught pathways. This will involve at least half a day
of clinical practice each week, both during and outside term time.
This course meets the accreditation criteria of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). To be eligible to apply, at least 450 supervised client hours are required.
Humanistic and Integrative Approaches
Contemporary Developments in Psychotherapy Theory
Contemporary Developments in Psychotherapy Practice
In Year 3, you will choose ONE of the following pathways:
Taught pathway in Existential Psychotherapy
Perspectives in Existential Psychotherapy
Existential Psychotherapy in Practice
Taught pathway in Integrative Psychotherapy
Perspectives in Integrative Psychotherapy
Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice
Research in Psychotherapy and Counselling
'This programme has exposed me to a very wide range of theories, topics and orientations. Through writing essays and doing various presentations, I have been able to zoom in and collect the real pearls of knowledge, which are invaluable to me. Not only has this experience nourished my personal development but it has also taken my clinical work to a different level.'
Farzana Numan, UK