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Therapeutic Counselling, MSc

Make a career change into counselling or enhance your professional practice with a part-time master’s degree in therapeutic counselling with flexible entry options.

Counsellors are essential to the mental wellbeing of a wide range of people in our society. Our therapeutic counselling master's will suit anyone with prior experience in a helping capacity (e.g. social services, nursing or education) who wishes to change career. It can also help you enhance your current professional practice with its insight into the theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy.

You'll be taught by a team of clinical- and research-active experts, who will provide a range of therapeutic counselling techniques derived from Clarkson's integrative model of the therapeutic relationship (2003). You'll also learn to examine and reflect upon counselling theory in relation to contextual and cultural issues. Graduates of this course will fulfil the training needs for British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation.

Campus

Greenwich

Duration

3 years part-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees

2021/2022 fees

TBC

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Study one afternoon and evening per week over three years.
  • You will be fully supported in undertaking original research that is personally and professionally relevant.
  • Benefit from our flexible entry system if you have previous postgraduate counsellor training and are seeking an accredited Master’s level qualification.
  • On completion of the course, you will satisfy the training requirements for British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation.
  • Located at the university's iconic Greenwich Campus.

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our MSc in Therapeutic Counselling. 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. Over 60% of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification.

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Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

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

Applicants seeking direct entry are required to present a portfolio demonstrating successful equivalent postgraduate certificate level training. It may be possible to gain exemption from the first year, allowing you to complete in two years. However, the resulting MSc would not be a BACP-accredited award.

Applicants without 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.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Further information about entry

The MSc Therapeutic Counselling is emotionally demanding and requires a high level of reflexivity. In addition to your online application, you will be asked to submit a separate personal statement of at least 500 words on your interest in pursuing counsellor training, plus, a brief essay. Eligible applicants will be invited to attend a small group information session, and a formal one-to-one interview, during which the team assess your suitability and personal readiness to undertake the training.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Applicants with a PG Certificate in Counselling/Counselling Skills can apply for exemption from the first year of the course. Further details available upon request.

How you will learn

For new and returning students in September, our focus is on making our university environments safe and accessible to everyone.  We’ve prepared a 'blended model' of teaching which means combining face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. All face-to-face sessions are in line with distancing rules. If students are ill or shielding, we’ll provide all lectures and course materials online.

Ready for September

Teaching

In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll be abe to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group session, Scheduled contact activities may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Information coming soon.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources with support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of scheduled learning activities which will include online lectures, online and on campus discussions, workshops and practical sessions.

For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by take-home exams, coursework and practice assessments on campus where required.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

TBC

For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources : you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as photocopying (estimate, £200 per year)
  • Memberships : you will be required to become a student member of BACP, our professional validating body
  • DBS and OH checks : you must have up-to-date DBS checks and OH screening, or evidence that these are not required. Fees are payable for these (estimate around £70 currently)
  • Personal therapy: 40 hours of personal therapy is also required by the end of Year 2. This will cost around £40 (upwards) per hour 
  • Supervision: whilst most placements provide clinical supervision sometimes a student may have to access supervision on a private basis (estimated costs £40-60 per hour)
  • Report writing : whilst most placements will provide reports on students (for course assessment purposes) for free some may charge for this (estimated costs £10-40 per report).

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

All students are required to be in a suitable placement throughout the course. You are responsible for arranging your placement with support from course staff.

How long is my placement?

You will need to be in a suitable placement throughout your time on the course. This will be both in term time and outside of it and usually on a weekly basis.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates from the MSc Therapeutic Counselling course can pursue careers as professional counsellors or use the transferable counselling skills in a range of other professions (e.g. pastoral support; advice services etc.).

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

All students are able to access the support services provided by the Student Wellbeing Service.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.