The MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling provides high quality BACP-accredited training, with a strong research focus. It offers an opportunity to critically and creatively evaluate current theory and practice issues.
You’ll benefit from the knowledge of experienced counsellors and psychotherapists, with senior levels of registration.
Teaching staff are also active researchers, with a range of specialisms. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to conduct independent in-depth research into a complex specialist area. In your final year, our innovative annual student conference gives you chance to share your research with peers.
The course aims to equip you to work with self-direction and make effective decisions in complex and unpredictable situations. Many students also bring a wealth of personal experience that helps them to reflect on a range of human issues. Our excellent relationships with a range of agencies throughout the region will assist you in finding a practice placement.
What you study
Over the first two years you study nine modules: four theory and four concerned with development as a reflective practitioner, plus research methods. In the third year, you have the opportunity to undertake small-scale research.
Learning and teaching
Teaching is by lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. Extensive use is made of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally.You are encouraged to develop as an independent learner and scholar. Teaching approaches emphasise reflection and reflexivity and encourage you to bring personal and professional experience into discussion as a source of critical wisdom alongside wide reading.
Students starting in 2020 will have a teaching day of Thursday throughout the first and second year. The programme leader is Dr Netalie Shloim [email protected]
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Assessment is by course work and written exams which take place at the end of the semester in which the module is taught. Results obtained in the second and final years contribute to the final degree classification.
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject.
- A level of counselling skills consistent with beginning professional training and insight into psychotherapy and counselling, usually obtained by a level 3 certificate in counselling and experience in using these skills
- English Language at GCSE grade C or equivalent, or IELTS overall score 7.
- Two satisfactory references, one of which must normally be an academic reference.
- A level of maturity associated with personal reflection on a variety of adult and childhood experiences and developed interpersonal skills, to be assessed at interview.
- Satisfactory police clearance. We will send you a form for this.
Opportunities for the accreditation of prior learning and prior experiential learning exist through the School's credit accumulation and transfer procedures.
Modes of study and duration of the course
36 months Part time. Starts September.
Please contact our admissions unit on Telephone: 44 (0) 113 343 7200, Email: [email protected] for full Entry Requirements.