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Psychotherapeutic Counselling MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Counselling Skills (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Our Psychotherapeutic Counselling MSc will develop you into a reflexive counsellor who can work effectively with clients on a diverse range of issues.

As anxiety, stress and various associated conditions become increasingly common in today’s hectic world, more and more people are recognising the benefits of counselling.

Taking an integrative approach, this course will help you to develop a range of psychotherapeutic strategies – and enable you to begin to call on your own life experiences – to help your clients better understand their feelings and overcome the challenges they face.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling.


When you’ve completed the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc plus 450 client hours, you can apply to the BACP to become an accredited counsellor.


Among other activities, during Years 1 and 2 assessments include essays and presentations on ethics, theory, skills critiques and personal development activities. In Year 2 you’ll also be assessed on your critique of audio from an actual client session. In Year 3, you’ll be assessed on your research proposal and dissertation.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



Personal Development & Counselling Skills 1 - Core
Theory Research & Professional Issues in Counselling 1 - Core
Theory Research & Professional Issues in Counselling 2 - Core
Personal Development & Counselling Skills 2 - Core
Dissertation - Core
Research Proposal - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You must have a good Honours degree in Counselling / Psychology and Counselling. Applications are also welcomed from those with the required counselling qualifications. If your degree is in an unrelated subject, you’ll need to have at least a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University offers many different postgraduate courses across a wide range of different subject areas and study options. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education located in Stafford and Shrewsbury. Students can study Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters, PGCE or PhDs at the University, and these...more

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