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MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Counselling Skills (General)

Course type


Course Summary

LJMU's Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice MA develops practitioner researchers and offers the equivalent components of a PgDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

  • Qualify as a Counselling and Psychotherapy Practitioner on this flexible Masters programme with a two year clinical Diploma-level component
  • Enjoy a contemporary curriculum delivered by a research centre of excellence
  • Study a core model of person-centred and experiential practice, integrating other specific approaches
  • Carry out novel research in your chosen field
  • Benefit from excellent educational and professional training facilities, exceptionally supportive staff and a thriving student community

This three year, level 7 programme enables you to qualify as a Counselling and Psychotherapy Practitioner at Diploma level in the first two years and then progress to the final research year to complete the MA and become an active Research Practitioner, contributing to the field.

Aimed at recent graduates and those already in employment, the course builds on previous LJMU programmes which have been extremely highly regarded by employers.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



This module aims to prepare you to conduct an ethical, reliable, valid, independent research enquiry that is consistent with your professional experience and area of interest within counselling and psychotherapy. It helps you to synthesise prior theoretical and conceptual learning and consolidate research knowledge, professional practice issues and experience in conducting an independent research project; enables you to contribute to the field of counselling and psychotherapy as a practitioner researcher through a robust and critical research enquiry that informs and influences psychotherapy practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (credit)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You will need: an honours degree in health and social care, nursing, psychology or a related discipline; a counselling skills level 2 award or basic counselling skills gained through relevant work or experience.

University information

Founded in 1823, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is ranked in the top 600 higher education institutions in the world (THE World University Ranking 2017/18) and attracts staff and students from over 100 countries. A host of taught courses and research opportunities are available across LJMU’s five faculties: Arts, Professional and Social Studies Education, Health and Community Engineering and Technology Science Liverpool...more