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Counselling MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    2 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Year 1 £3,735
    Year 2 £3,735*

  • Location:

    Waterside

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Overview


This postgraduate degree in Counselling is an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of human thinking, reasoning and their actions and offers the chance to take the first steps into a career in counselling. Our MSc in Counselling course provides you with a level of knowledge and skills that will allow you to develop as counsellors, and once you have gained further experience and client hours you will be able to pursue a range of professional opportunities.

If you have a first degree in Psychology that is Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) accredited, your postgraduate training opportunities will include doctoral training on British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses in Counselling Psychology.

Updated 23/11/2020

Highlights


  • Face-to-face client placement.
  • This course can count towards a professional body accreditation with BACP.

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Course Content


  • This Masters in Counselling course will help you to achieve sufficient communication skills as well as personal development skills which are useful and applicable to a number of organisations and situations. Students will be integrated into the learning process partnered with a supportive and motivational environment.

    This course requires you to undertake a supervised placement of a minimum of 100 client hours plus supervision and a minimum 40 hours of personal therapy with an approved and registered or accredited counsellor or therapist. A student membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is advised and professional indemnity insurance and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required for entry onto this course.

    Through the duration of the course, you will explore different counselling theories and examine issues within a variety of contexts.The placement module allows you to take your competencies to organisations to work with clients.

    Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present-day professional practice as well as building your ability to make evidence-based decisions. Current issues within counselling and therapy will be considered critically with particular emphasis on their relationship to client practice.

      • Module code: PSYM076P
        Status: Designate
        This module allows those students who require it to have extra time to complete the 100 hours of supervised practice within their placement.
      • Module code: PSYM085
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity and resources to develop a critical understanding of research methods so that they can evaluate research they read and/or propose research of an acceptable standard.
      • Module code: PSYM086
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is ?To build on basic research methods skills from modules PSYM085 or PSYM102. The module is designed to develop advanced research skills enabling students to autonomously formulate and conduct an empirical research project in a field relevant to individual masters programs under supervision.
      • Module code: PSYM088
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is ?To develop a clear understanding of the process and content involved in counselling.To provide the opportunity to practise skills competencies in role play scenarios incorporate theory to underpin practice and reflect on their process and way of being as a counsellor.
      • Module code: PSYM090P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is ?To successfully and competently complete 100 hours of supervised practise in an approved placement organisation.To attend and fully utilise appropriate levels of supervision for all client work with an approved supervisor.
      • Module code: PSYM107
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is ?To develop an in-depth understanding of counselling theory and organisational issues pertaining to counselling practice.To provide the opportunity to examine presenting issues and concerns in counselling practice and ways of working with these underpinned by evidence based practice.
      • Module code: PSYM108
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is ?To critically reflect on thoughts feelings and behaviour in development of self-awareness.To recognise personal and professional limitations and identify ways of addressing these.
  • In order to apply for this postgraduate Counselling degree, applicants will need either a first or second class bachelors’ degree. Additionally, applicants will be carrying out placements whilst working with clients. Having a critical self-awareness and a willingness to reflect on your own process throughout this course is therefore required. Voluntary or professional experience of support work with adults is desirable, but not essential.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 overall (or equivalent)
      with a score no lower than 6.0 for writing and no remaining band/component below 5.5 for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Part Time: Year 1 £3,735* (90 Credits) / Year 2 £3,735* (90 Credits)

    *Fee may be subject to an inflationary increase in 22/23

    2020/2021 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU Part Time: Year 1 £3,705 (90 Credits) / Year 2 £3,705* (90 Credits)

    *Fee may be subject to an inflationary increase in 21/22

    Additional costs
    • It is compulsory for students to complete at least 40 hours of personal therapy which you would need to pay for (average costs £30 to £50 per hour).
    • BACP student membership is required for many placements (currently £82 per year).
    • Supervision of the client work is compulsory and students may need to contribute to the cost of supervision at the placement agency, or if the agency does not provide this they will need to find and pay for a private supervisor (average of £40 to 60 per hour; a minimum of two hours of individual supervision or equivalent is required per month from the start of the placement).
    • You may also need to pay for professional indemnity insurance (costs vary; around £100 per year) if your agency does not cover you for this. Some agencies also require trainees to attend their training which they may charge for.
    • Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associate with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
  • This course requires you to undertake a supervised placement of a minimum of 100 client hours plus supervision and a minimum 40 hours of personal therapy with an approved and registered or accredited counsellor or therapist. A student membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is advised and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required for entry onto this course. The course may be used as a basis for personal accreditation with BACP once further experience and an additional 350 client hours have been gained.

  • How do I become a counsellor?

    If you wish to pursue a counselling career or a related profession, such as a psychotherapist, you will need to complete core practitioner training that is at a minimum level of psychotherapy or counselling diploma. However, completing a Masters in Counselling will best equip you with the necessary practical skills and training, especially courses that include supervised placements.

    What can I do with a Masters in Counselling?

    A Masters degree in Counselling will allow you to pursue a number of career paths. Following completion of a MSc Counselling degree, you will have a deep understanding and appreciation of various therapies and presenting issues that will allow you to  pursue a career in a wide variety of sectors. Graduates may secure roles in further and higher education, in charitable agencies and a wide range of businesses.

    Other professional counselling opportunities include marriage and family counselling,  substance abuse counselling, the NHS and private practice. Please note that many of these specialised roles require further training and additional experience is needed before entering into private practice.

    Is the course accredited?

    Although the course is not accredited it may be used as a basis for personal accreditation with BACP once further experience and an additional 350 client hours have been gained.

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Careers and Employability


Upon completion of this course you may find employment opportunities within NHS settings or schools, as well as further or higher educational counselling settings. Various opportunities are available within organisational settings and police settings, as well as in continuing professional development (CPD) work. The government agenda for Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) offers good opportunity for trained counsellors. Please note, it is not appropriate to go into private practice immediately on qualifying.