Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Therapeutic Counselling, MSc

Study for your MSc in Therapeutic Counselling at the University of Greenwich. Learn about course fees, entry requirements and more.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • 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.


Psychology, Social Work & Counselling



3 years part-time

Professional recognition

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

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 in years 1 and 2, and for two terms in year 3. 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 will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

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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:

  • Are 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 students to complete the programme in two years, however the resulting MSc award would not be a BACP-accredited award.

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.

Fees and finance

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.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information


Students are assessed through coursework and continuous assessment


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

Specialised equipment

We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support our activities and we employ creative teaching methods and assessment techniques.

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