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Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling PGDip

Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Counselling Skills (General) Psychological Counselling

Course type


Course Summary

This course developed in reaction to the dominance of behaviourism and psychoanalysis, the humanistic paradigm emphasises the human capacity for self-determination. It holds that we have the freedom to shape and give meaning to our own lives, and helps clients to regain their independence. The humanistic paradigm draws on concepts and ideas from phenomenology and existentialism and is a philosophy of mind. The postgraduate diploma helps to ground your understanding of humanistic counselling in the relevant literature, clinical practice and your developing self-awareness. It is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and therefore recognised as preparing students for work as a professional counsellor. The university itself is an organisational member of the BACP as well as the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UCPA).

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



Humanistic Counselling Theory
Human Growth and Development
Process Groups
Humanistic Counselling Practice and Personal Development
Themes in Professional Practice
Process Groups
Applied Humanistic Counselling Practice
Critical Perspectives in Humanistic Counselling
Research Methods for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

part-time, 1 year £4,129 GBP

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

Students should hold a degree or professional qualification. They also need to have successfully completed an accredited, externally assessed counselling skills course that: is at least level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, involved at least 30 hours of face-to-face tuition at level 2 or level 3 (online courses are not acceptable), included both theory and practice and took place within the last six years. We would normally expect you to have gained experience in volunteering. This can be within a therapeutic environment or where you are working with people in a helping capacity. Applicants should normally be at least 25 years of age.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more