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MSc/PgDip Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training)

MSc/PgDip Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training)

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Part time | University of Salford | 3 years | SEP-22

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

During this course, you will undertake an in-depth study of the person-centred approach to counselling. You will gain an overview of therapeutic models and current developments in theory and practice. There will also be an opportunity for you to take part in intensive skills development and supervision of practice, alongside widespread opportunities for personal development. This course provides a balance between academic work, skills development, professional practice, and individual personal development and self-awareness.

As a BACP accredited course, you are eligible to join the BACP professional register on completion of the Postgraduate Diploma.

If you successfully complete all aspects of the professional training and do not wish to progress onto the full MSc you can exit with a PgDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy. If you complete the dissertation module you will receive a full Master's qualification.

Please note: Due to the structure of this programme, it is not available to applicants who require a Tier 4 visa.

You will:

  • Qualify as a counsellor on a professional counselling training course accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Combine counselling skills and theory, professional issues and personal development
  • Develop your knowledge of a comprehensive range of mental health models and constructs used with therapeutic contexts
  • Benefit from training opportunities in our in-house dedicated counselling suite


This course is delivered on a part-time basis through a variety of:

  • Lectures
  • Skills work
  • Personal development activities

Find out more about certain aspects of counselling with our short two-minute psychotherapy lectures from Dr Mark Widdowson, lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford.

  • Transactional Analysis
  • Life Script
  • Ego States


Assessment is by:

  • Skills work
  • Reflection on self and on the practice
  • Assignment


We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic teamwork in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.

This course has particularly strong links with the NHS, voluntary and private sector because our students complete a counselling placement as part of the training within these organisations.


This module is designed to enhance your knowledge, understanding and application in this important area and prepares you for undertaking a counselling placement. It covers counselling theory and professional issues.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£1,350 per 30 credit module

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

Part time study mode is not available to international/EU students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants are normally required to have the following: Honours degree, normally 2.2 or above. The degree can be in any subject as we welcome applicants changing career. Certificate in counselling of 90 or more hours in duration or recognised counselling degree. We welcome applications from students who may not meet the requirement for an honours degree but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. We would usually expect applicants without an honours degree to have a minimum of a Level 5 qualification such as a professional diploma or HND.

University information

The University of Salford is an ambitious and progressive institution in the Greater Manchester area. It offers a high-quality programme of postgraduate and research degree courses that furthers understanding in key areas of global research, and leads graduates into challenging and rewarding careers in science, healthcare, law, business, engineering, the built environment, media, music and the arts. Students will join a postgraduate community...more