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Psychotherapeutic Counselling MSc

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


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.


Teaching includes formal lectures, small and large group work, triads, discussions, guided reading, video presentations, demonstrations and counselling sessions. During the training, you’ll take on the role of both counsellor and client, and explore your own reflexivity and self-awareness. In Year 2, with permission, there will be the opportunity to review audio recordings of actual practitioner-client sessions.

You’ll be required to critique an audio recording of a client on placement as part of the skills portfolio assessment.


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.


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


This module provides you with opportunities to practice counselling skills, developing them to the level required for safe, ethical and effective professional counselling practice. The module focuses on the consolidation of core skills and the ability to set appropriate contracts with clients. It is grounded in developing an awareness of self and others, drawing upon the origins, theoretical underpinnings and limitations of counselling theories to facilitate this. The emphasis within this module is on personal learning both within the group and through their reflexive capacity focusing on increasing the your ability to process and enhance development of self awareness and self acceptance.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students must have achieved at least a 2ii 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 has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with learning industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare...more

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