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Psychodynamic Counselling Graduate Diploma

Psychodynamic Counselling Graduate Diploma

Key information

Qualification type

Graduate Diploma

Subject areas

Psychological Counselling Psychoanalysis Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary

This course offers a grounding in psychodynamic theory and its applications. It can be pursued in its own right if you're interested in the psychodynamic approach but also constitutes the first year of our Grad Dip/MA training in Psychodynamic Counselling. If you are a psychology graduate, this course is the ideal next step if you wish to progress in the field of psychodynamic counselling. It also provides a route to a counselling and psychotherapy qualification for professionals, such as teachers, social workers, nurses and care workers. As this is the first year of the Counselling training most graduates progress towards qualification with the MA Psychodynamic Counselling. Other graduates go on to a number of different destinations, including further study and training in psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, or take their new understanding back to enrich their related professional work.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date



This module equips you with an appreciation of the role of the counsellor and prepares you for taking up that role in the clinical part of the training. It aims to provide you with an awareness of the complexity of the role, and an understanding of the professional environment you will be encountering on placement in the following year. It aims to familiarise you with the settings within which counselling takes place. It will give you awareness of the ethical and statutory frameworks within which you will be working and help you understand the meaning and standing of counselling in a range of agencies, and its place in wider provision. It will help develop the confidence to take up the role and explain it to others.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an overall grade of 2:2 and above will be considered. It is desirable for you to have had some relevant experience in a caring or supportive role. Experience of your own counselling or therapy is also an asset.