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Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Counselling Skills (General)

Course type


Course Summary


Our course provides professional counselling training enabling you to register with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), so when you study with us, you can rest assured you'll get all you need to become the best psychotherapeutic counsellor you can be.

Accreditations and partnerships:

[British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy]

Why study Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy is a challenging but very rewarding career area. A career where you get to make a difference, to help people, and to change lives, including your own. As a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, you will provide support to people experiencing emotional difficulties by helping them to identify their issues and develop strategies to address them.

Working in hospitals, health centres and in private practice, psychotherapeutic counsellors support clients with a wide range of concerns including mental health issues, challenging physical conditions and life events, as well as managing difficult emotions.

Why UWE Bristol?

Building on the solid reputation of the diploma course, UWE Bristol's Master's in Counselling and Psychotherapy degree is a professional practice course that equips you for practice by qualifying as a competent, reflective practitioner, able to think critically and integrate theory with practice. The course has been created to support your development as a counsellor while at the same time integrating your professional practice with master's level academic study. The course includes taught modules, your own personal therapy throughout the training, clinical work and supervision, as well as a small research project.

You'll learn from an enthusiastic, supportive teaching team with a real passion for their subject and a wealth of experience across all aspects of counselling and psychotherapy. The team includes active researchers and authors, so your learning will be enriched by the latest in best practice.

Where can it take me?

The master's degree will equip you with all the knowledge and experience you'll need to fast track your career progression. Having experience of a period of extended work-based learning will allow you to deepen your clinical skills, become robust and resilient so you can cope with the complexity of the mental health issues you'll be presented with.

Careers / Further study

Qualified counsellors are increasingly in demand across the UK and our graduates enter careers in a wide range of roles for the NHS, private and voluntary sector employers. Our master's course enhances your ability to practise at an advanced level. Counsellors may choose to specialise in diverse settings and specialisms, such as addiction, bereavement or relationships, or may work with clients on a range of issues. The qualification opens up a fascinating world of CPD possibilities, which will help you build on the training you've had.

Joining a professional body helps you to develop your professional credibility and career, provides access to resources and networks, and keeps you in touch with developments in the profession.

As you become more experienced, you may wish to develop further by training as a counselling supervisor. This is an important role where you help supervisees reflect on their work, develop their skills and maintain best practice standards.

Our course will bring you closer to the practice hours you need to gain individual professional accreditation.


You will learn the principles which form the foundation for professional counselling practice, including examining key relational theoretical approaches within counselling and psychotherapy to understanding how psychological problems and distress develops.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Year 1 fee - £3458; Year 2 fee - £2075; Year 3 fee - £2767; Module Fee (15 Credit) - £692

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

Year 1 fee - £4834; Year 2 fee - £4833; Year 3 fee - £4833; Module Fee (15 Credit) - £1208

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

It is essential that applicants have: a Certificate in Counselling Skills (level 3 or above) which includes a minimum of 100 hours classroom-based teaching and training; an honours degree of 2:2 or above in any subject OR qualified practitioner status in a relevant profession. For example: teaching, nursing, social work etc; Personal skills suited to working as a therapist; the ability and strong commitment to follow a personally demanding part-time course.

University information

A champion of ambition, the University of the West of England Bristol (UWE Bristol) offers students an exceptional learning environment dedicated to success. From developing skills, acquiring new qualifications, boosting career prospects, or embarking on a complete career change, UWE Bristol offers all students a welcoming and supportive environment within a thriving and inviting city. The university offers an impressive variety of taught and...more

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