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
  • Located across the university's iconic Greenwich Campus.

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3 years part time



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 master's programme is matched to BACP professional body requirements and competencies. The programme's core model is based upon Clarkson's (2003) integrative model of the therapeutic relationship.

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 based on Clarkson's (2003) integrative model of the therapeutic relationship.

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.


Located at the university's Greenwich Campus, the Therapeutic Counselling programme has world-renowned attractions right on its doorstep from The Cutty Sark to the River Thames.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought Building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of Greenwich, but you will also have access to state-of-the-art learning, teaching and social spaces.


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

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Entry requirements during Clearing

The University of Greenwich is taking applications for a range of courses during Clearing 2018. If you are not already holding an offer you can apply through Clearing now, call us on 020 8331 9000.

You can find all the programmes available during clearing on our clearing listings page.

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Students are assessed through coursework and continuous assessment

Professional recognition

Successful students will have completed the training requirements for British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) individual accreditation.


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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Greenwich Campus

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DLR Cutty Sark (approx. 3 min walk)

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Greenwich Pier - Ferry service (3 min walk)

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