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Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice PgDip/MSc

Course Description

Our Counselling Studies and Therapeutic Communication course will help you if you are interested in starting a career in counselling, or want to develop and hone your existing professional skills. The options included enable you to study the niche you would like to work in.
Aligned with this programme, in September 2014, we introduced a Professional Practice programme, which consists of two supervised practice modules. The PgCert/PgDip/MSc Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice, has been designed to contribute to the educational requirements of practising counsellors working towards professional accreditation.

Key benefits

- 100 hours of clinical placement

- Qualifications suited to prior experience

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/msc-counselling-and-therapeutic-communication-pt-jn

Course detail

- Description -

This is practical programme drawing from applied frameworks in counselling and psychotherapy. It is aimed at assisting students to develop careers in the area. A mandatory part of the programme is to undertake a 100 hour client placement in the 2nd year. The taught component is drawn from an integrative framework and is designed specifically to equip students with relevant practice theory and applications in relation to clinical work with clients. This course may also partially assist students in progressing their membership status with the recognised professional bodies. A key strength of this programme is how the learning is applied to clinical practice.

- Purpose -

This course is specifically designed to assist students to develop key counselling and psychotherapy approaches.

- Teaching and assessment -

Lectures, workshops, clinical seminars & tutorials. Portfolios composed of case studies, clinical recordings, placement assessment, supervisors and mentor report. The weekly attendance at university involves a series of specialised clinical seminars focused on critical practice issues An important part of developing competence in counselling is the development of reflective skills, this is facilitated in university by attendance at a process group.

Career options

This course aims to partly assist students and practitioners wishing to pursue a professional career in counselling and psychotherapy and to advance their membership status with the recognised professional bodies

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why Choose Ulster University ?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice PgDip/MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Normally a degree (or equivalent) and two years experience in either a professional or voluntary role that involves counselling/ counselling skills. Applicants should possess the personal qualities necessary to undertake progressive counselling training. An interview may form part of the selection process.The closing date for applications is normally 31st July, with interviews for potential applicants scheduled in May and August. Late applications may be considered until 31st August (with applicant interviews in early September). However, where possible applicants should apply before the July deadline. English language entry requirements: View Website

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