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Clinical Counselling MA

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Counselling Skills (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Our Clinical Counselling course builds on the University’s reputation of offering quality professional training in counselling for several years.

Course overview

The complexities of modern life present many situations in which counselling can be valuable. Our Master’s course provides professional education for developing qualities in relationship with others, enabling individuals to discover their own resources for a more creative, optimistic, and autonomous way of being that is key to counselling.

Job prospects

On successful completion of the course, students can join the register of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and once they have successfully completed 450 client hours, they can become accredited members of the professional body. The course does contribute to them becoming professional counsellors working in such fields as the NHS, charities, mental health/support workers, teaching or private practice.


This module covers the following topics: The wider professional context of counselling; The therapeutic climate including the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard; Effective communication of the necessary and sufficient conditions; Developing a coherent model of counselling; The relationship between the Person-Centred Approach and other theoretical perspectives; Managing the various stages of the counselling process; Small group practice; Constructive feedback; Ethical and professional case management; Awareness of mental health issues; British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions; Supervised practice and the organisational context for counselling; Group dynamics.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants will be expected to have the following a 2:2 honours degree, professional qualification or equivalent and a minimum intermediate counselling qualification at Level 2, within a 5-year framework, is mandatory. Applicants must apply for an Occupational Health check.

University information

The University of Chester is a 21st century university which traces its roots back to 1839, placing it among the oldest higher education institutions in England. With a modern outlook, a strong research pedigree and guiding principles of supportiveness and inclusiveness, it’s an academic community that has stood the test of time. Today, it attracts thousands of students from around the world and is known for its commitment to helping students...more