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MSc Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Supervision)

MSc Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Supervision)

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Full time | University of Salford | 1 year | SEP-22

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Counselling Skills (General) Supervisory Skills

Course type


Course Summary

Structured around an in-depth clinical supervision training module, this flexible course will enable you to advance your expertise in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the areas most relevant to your professional practice.

The practice-based focus of the course will enable you to train as a clinical supervisor and further develop your therapeutic skills; applying what you learn in complex professional contexts.

The course further develops your critical understanding of the theoretical knowledge which underpins practice and enhances your ability to critically appraise research evidence.

Only fully qualified, professional counsellors or psychotherapists can apply for this course. If you are not qualified, please apply for the MSc/PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training). However, only fully qualified, professional counsellors or psychotherapists can apply for the MSc/PGDip Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Supervision).

You will:

  • Be equipped with advanced knowledge relating to Counselling and Psychotherapy through a flexible structure that enables you to tailor the course to best fit your professional training needs
  • Enhance your employment and earning prospects as a supervisor
  • Benefit from up-to-date thinking from experts in theory, practice and research


This award is aimed at meeting the needs of qualified counsellors who have already completed professional training in counselling. Students select the combination of modules which is best geared to meeting their individual training needs. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed, particularly:

  • Theory and practice related lectures
  • Experiential workshops
  • Experiential group work


The evaluation takes the form of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments enable students to gauge their learning and development during the course of each module and to prepare them for summative assessment. Formative assessments vary from module to module and include peer and tutor review and feedback on the development of written work both in class and electronically online. The learning is experientially driven and enquiry-led, with opportunities review of assimilation of knowledge, critical skills and conceptualisations. Formative assessment is conducted via a range of methods such as reflective reviews, blogs, and face-to-face and online discussion groups.

Summative assessment strategies will include:

  • Written essays addressing issues of theory and practice
  • Portfolios addressing issues of theory and practice
  • Presentations (including poster presentations) addressing issues of theory and practice
  • Supervised research dissertation



You will be a qualified Counsellor and/or Psychotherapist, with professional membership and at least a year of post-qualification practice. You will be motivated to train to be a clinical supervisor and study Counselling and Psychotherapy at an advanced level and to deepen your knowledge, practice and critical thinking skills. You may have aspirations to influence policy-making, commissioning and service delivery as well as to strengthen your own practice.


This module offers theoretical and experiential learning opportunities to explore the topic in a sensitive and respectful learning environment. Contemporary theories are presented by a range of counselling practitioners with a wealth of experience and specialised knowledge in the field. The module offers an excellent opportunity for participants to enhance their awareness of their own responses to bereavement and loss as well as deepen their understanding of the people they live and work with.

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

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Normally a 2:2 Hons degree or equivalent. Therefore, to gain entry onto this course, you will need to be a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist with a recognised counselling or psychotherapy professional membership (or evidence of eligibility to apply for recognised counselling or psychotherapy professional membership) and at least one year of post-qualification supervised practice.

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