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MSc Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies

MSc Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies

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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)

Course type


Course Summary

This flexible course will enable you to advance your expertise in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the areas most relevant to your practice.

You will gain a deeper understanding of a range of psychological problems of varying degrees of severity and further develop your therapeutic skills.

To gain entry onto this course, you will need to be a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist and in practice.

You will:

  • Gain advanced skills for complex psycho therapeutic situations
  • Benefit from up-to-date thinking from experts in theory, practice and research
  • Conduct publishable research that creates a real impact


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 quizzes and tests, 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

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.


You will be a practising Counsellor and/or Psychotherapist, with professional membership - this includes newly qualified counsellors. You will be motivated to study Counselling and Psychotherapy at an advanced level to deepen your knowledge and critical thinking skills.


This module will facilitate your development of advanced ability to evaluate critically current research and to evaluate research methods used by others. The module will support you in developing a comprehensive understanding of a range of research techniques that can be applied to a variety of research or scholarly situations, and in strengthening your ability to critically appraise the purpose, process and products of research activity, with reference to the politics and ethics of research. The module will offer you opportunities to gain the ability to select, apply and critically appraise applied research techniques to explore identified questions, and will strengthen your capacity to reflect critically on your competence as a researcher and the implications for the development of this part of your role. A major change in the revised programme is making this module an option. We would strongly recommend taking this module if you plan to do primary research for your dissertation but if you intend to do a literature review then this module is helpful but not essential. This module is the School's shared research methods module and the sessions are shared with a range of health and social care masters students. This module can be taken either in semester 1 or in semester 2.

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 2:2 Hons degree or equivalent is required. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

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