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Counselling MCouns, PgCert, PgDip

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Counselling Skills (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This programme aims to foster the development of critically reflective practitioners who are able to work in a variety of settings with a broad range of people. It is founded in dialogue between the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives in counselling.

The Master of Counselling is validated professionally by Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA) at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels. It is a flexible, student-centred training process with a strong emphasis on practice, including a counselling placement.

A distinctive feature of this degree is its focus on the student’s individual counselling practice with clients, which normally begins in year two.

Career opportunities

The Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies enhances your career prospects in a variety of fields that use listening skills, such as healthcare, social work or education. It is also an excellent foundation for further specialist therapeutic training in the UK or abroad. In addition, the general skills you gain (such as communication, research and project management) will be of use in any professional or academic role.


This course is designed to introduce course members to key debates about ethics in the field of counselling and related practices. Relevant Codes of Ethics will be examined and discussed in relation to ethical issues, dilemmas and difficulties. Understandings and theories of boundaries within the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives will be discussed. Theories and approaches used in counselling supervision will also be examined.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Fee is Year 1 - £4,585; Year 2 - £9,170; Year 3 - £7,640; Year 4; £6,115.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Fee is Year 1 - £4,585; Year 2 - £9,170; Year 3 - £7,640; Year 4; £6,115.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. We will also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with a strong personal statement and relevant experience or references confirming aptitude for study at postgraduate level.