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Counselling and Psychotherapy - MSc

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Counselling Skills (General) Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary

Why study this course?

This Counselling and Psychotherapy MSc course will give you the academic and practical training to become eligible to practice as a counsellor. We offer an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy based upon person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, and psychodynamic therapeutic frameworks, which will enable you to succeed in your future career in the counselling professions.

This course places value on learning through experience, collaborative projects in small groups, as well as reflective, non-discriminatory, and ethical counselling practice. Through the exploration of different therapeutic frameworks, you’ll develop essential practitioner skills and learn how to ethically apply them to support clients with differing expectations and needs.

By developing advanced levels of knowledge and practical counselling skills, you’ll also learn to critically reflect on your own experiences and practice to maintain the highest standards that protect those using counselling services.

More about this course

The Counselling and Psychotherapy MSc is studied on a full-time basis over two years, studying on campus one day per week. On successful completion, you’ll have gained the 100 supervised client contact hours required for individual membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and may also apply to join the BACP professional register, subject to passing the BACP Certificate of Proficiency. You’ll have access to a placement coordinator who will help you to secure a work placement. From this, you’ll have the confidence and experience required to become a reflective, non-discriminatory, and ethical practitioner.

During your first year, you’ll explore different counselling frameworks and their application in a range of settings and develop the core practical skills required to begin your supervised placement. In your second year, you’ll develop your ability to build effective therapeutic relationships with clients and to use your reflective skills to enhance your practical skills, ensuring reflective, non-discriminatory, and ethical counselling practice. You’ll also develop a critical understanding of the role of research in the development of counselling practice and will complete a supervised research dissertation on a topic of your choice.

By completing our Counselling and Psychotherapy MSc at London Met, you’ll be eligible to apply for individual membership of the BACP and may also apply for professional registration, subject to passing the BACP Certificate of Proficiency. You’ll graduate with the confidence and experience to engage with clients from all backgrounds across different settings in the public and voluntary sectors and in private practice.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have: an honours degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum 2:2. English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) an enhanced DBS check relevant experience (i.e., voluntary or paid work involving working with vulnerable or distressed individuals) sufficient availability to complete 100 supervised client contact hours in a work placement.

University information

London Metropolitan University, also known as London Met, has a fantastic range of postgraduate degrees available. Whether students want to improve their job prospects, follow their passion, or change their career direction completely, a postgraduate degree at London Met is the first step in the right direction. The university supports students all the way through their studies and provides guidance to support them in attaining new jobs or...more