Keele University, along with the University of Reading, was
the first Higher Education Institution to offer counsellor
training and has been delivering programmes in counselling
since the 1970s. The current Masters course is available on
a full-time or part-time basis, and provides a professional
training in counselling studies. This course is similar in all
respects to the MSc in Counselling Psychology except
that there is no requirement to undertake supervised
counselling practice and, as such would not constitute training to become a counsellor. However, the programme offers training in counselling skills to a Masters level and would be suitable for candidates who envisaged a career in counselling related fields.
This MSc in Counselling
PsychologyStudies is founded on a person-centred view of
personhood and person-centred ways of being. In this we
view the relationship in counselling as central, and support
Rogers’ belief in the ‘self-therapeutic capacity and wisdom
of clients’. However, we also take a strong anti-‘schoolism’
stance which reflects our sincere respect for other, nonperson-
centred practices and practitioners. Our starting
point for the Keele Counselling Model is thus a unifying
ethos which enables us to respect and welcome a diversity
of professional skills and orientations. This unifying ethos is
based upon the centrality of the relationship in counselling
and a belief in the ‘self-therapeutic capacity and wisdom
We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies
including lectures, large group work, community meetings,
tutorials and small group work. Within this framework
students are introduced to a range of practices which
are related to relevant philosophical traditions including
existentialism, phenomenology and poststructuralism.
Throughout the course students are supported to establish
a sense of coherence in their own position.
The centrality of a secure and constantly reviewed ethical
position, based on the BACP Ethical Framework for Good
Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, is presented to
the programme members as a major personal responsibility.
We accept the overwhelming evidence of the theorists that
the major factor in helping human beings change in desired,
positive directions is a relationship in which they feel safe,
valued and challenged.
Aims of the Programme
The programme aims to equip successful students with
the knowledge and expertise to support their work in
helping professions. It aims to integrate students’ practical skills
with academic study at Masters
Level and to facilitate student learning in the three areas
of counselling psychology practice; professional practice,
theory, and self-development.
The programme offers to students a thorough theoretical
grounding in Counselling Psychology and introduction to
research methodology. The principles underpinning the
programme are empowerment, holistic development,
relationships and community.
The programme is open to graduates with a good degree or
equivalent, for example, professional qualifications. In some
cases where students have significant relevant experience
this requirement may be waived.
All successful applicants will demonstrate emotional
maturity and a capacity for sustained self-directed study,
the ability to present written exposition of information
and argument, to work experientially as a member of a
small group, an awareness of self and an awareness of the nature of prejudice and oppression.
Applicants will need
to address these points in their personal statements in the
application form. Normally applicants will be interviewed.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English
must have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with at least 5.5 in
each sub-test (or equivalent).
Programme Structure and Content
The programme is taken full-time over one year or part-time
over two years. Students are required to take four 3 0-credit
taught modules (120 credits at level ), plus a research training
module (15 credits) and a 60-credit dissertation. – see below. All modules
must be passed for the award to the made (total of 195
Part-time students take all the 30 credit modules in Year 1 and the research methods
module and the dissertation in year 2.
In addition, students are required to have a minimum of 8 hours of
The programme begins with compulsory attendance at a residential weekend, (15 & 16 Sept 2012,) followed by a two week induction and attendance at the annual counselling conference which is also compulsory.
• Exploration in counselling (30 credits)*
• Understanding in counselling (30 credits)
• Integration in counselling (30 credits)
• Practicum (30 credits)*
• Research methods (15 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits) 15,000-20,000 words – The
preparation and submission of a dissertation will give
students the opportunity to research, in-depth, a
counselling topic or issue of interest to them.
Exit awards are available at Postgraduate Diploma level and, for those successfully completing
only the two modules indicated * below (60 credits) , the Postgraduate Certificate.
In addition, all students have tutor-led training in the practical
skills of counselling, as well as access to DVD for counselling
practice with peers and the production of case material for
Students may apply for exemption from the
four taught modules if they have previously been awarded
a Graduate or Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from
Keele University or equivalent..
All modules are assessed on the basis of coursework.
The pass mark for a module is 50%. The dissertation is a
piece of independent research written up in 15,000-20,000
words. Masters students attaining exceptional performance
(average of at least 70% including 70%+ for the dissertation)
may be awarded a Distinction.
Most students will be self-funded, though some may receive
a contribution to their fees from their employers. Students
should be aware that in addition to their fees they will also be responsible for the payment of their personal therapy
Career Destination Information
Successful Masters students will be able to seek
postgraduate posts in a wide range of fields such as the
NHS, private industry and public service.
F T & EU: £6,500 OS: £13,750 Tuition Fees for 2014/15