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Therapeutic Counselling, MSc Postgraduate prospectus

  • If you are looking for a career change or to enhance your current professional practice, we integrate personal and professional development with BACP accreditation.
  • If you want flexible study, our Master's takes place on one afternoon and evening per week.
  • You will be fully supported in undertaking original research that is personally and professionally relevant.



Counsellors are essential to the mental wellbeing of a wide range of people in our society.

We provide excellent training and education for those who seek a formal counselling qualification. Our masters programme is matched to BACP professional body requirements and competencies.

Our programme is suitable for those who are seeking to make a career change but have some experience (voluntary or otherwise) in a helping capacity. This could be in human resources, law, social services, nursing or education.

Alternatively, our degree is ideal if you are seeking to enhance your current professional practice with insight into the theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy, as well as the management of high intensity distress.

Our flexible entry system may also appeal if you have previous postgraduate counsellor training and are seeking a Master's level qualification accredited by the BACP.

Time commitment

Your studies with us will comprise of one afternoon and evening per week, for three terms (i.e. 28 weeks) per year. We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support our activities and we employ creative teaching methods and assessment techniques.

Teaching and learning

We pride ourselves on combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. Our teaching staff are both clinical and research active and are experts in their fields. During your studies, they will provide you with a range of therapeutic counselling techniques based on an integrative relationship model.

You will learn to critically examine and reflect on counselling theory in relation to contextual and cultural issues. We encourage individual theoretical, professional and research interests.


Our programme has been accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2003.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • An honours degree at 2:1 or above
  • PLUS some knowledge of counselling skills and experience of working with people in a helping capacity.

In addition candidates must:

  • 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 seeking direct entry:

  • You will be required to present a portfolio demonstrating successful equivalent postgraduate certificate level training. It may be possible to gain exemption from the first year courses allowing you to complete the programme in two years.

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.

Extra information


Students are assessed through coursework and continuous assessment

Professional recognition

Successful students will gain accreditation from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


Graduates from the MSc Therapeutic Counselling programme can pursue careers as professional counsellors.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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