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Course Overview

Our Counselling MSc course provides you with a level of knowledge and skills in counselling which will allow you to develop as counsellors, and once you have gained further experience and client hours you will be able to pursue a range of professional opportunities. If you have a first degree in Psychology that is Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) accredited your postgraduate training opportunities will include doctoral training on British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses in Counselling Psychology.

The course will also provide you with a range of skills that will be highly relevant to you if you are wishing to undertake further training in a range of related careers and specialisms. In addition to careers options, the degree will provide you with a range of communication skills and personal development skills that will be highly valued in a range of organisations and situations. Most of all, this course enables you to feel that you belong to a process of development that is enriching and supportive.

Course modules (17/18)

-Counselling Theory and Practice

-Counselling Skills and Process

-Self-Awareness and Reflectiveness

-Placement and Supervision

-Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

-Dissertation and Research Methods

-Clinical Hours

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Methods of Learning

-Lectures, workshops, one-to-one, private study, group work and role play.

  • Counselling Theory and Practice and Counselling Skills and Process each involve approximately 144 formal taught hours, 75 hours preparation for assessment, and 81 independent study hours
  • Self-awareness and Reflectiveness involves approximately 75 formal taught hours, 75 hours preparation for assessment, 40 hours of personal therapy and 113 independent study hours;
  • Placement and Supervision involves approximately 135 practice and supervision hours; 75 hours preparation for assessment and 90 independent study hours.

Work Experience

Work placements are a compulsory element of this course. You will need to have completed at least 100 hours of supervised face-to-face client placement work in order to obtain the MSc award.


Formal teaching takes place on one full day per week in the first year and one full day approximately every other week in the second year for part-time students; and on one to two full days per week for full-time students. In addition, there is a three day taught intensive session for all students three times per year (first year only). In addition to this, students will be expected to attend one-to-one tutorials at least twice per trimester.

There is a minimum 80% attendance requirement across each element of the course.

Length of study

Full time: 1 year. Part time: 2 years.


Coursework and Dissertation.

Facilities and Special Features

It is important that those attending this course are prepared to carry out a placement when they will be working with clients. Therefore, individuals on this course will need a high level of critical self-awareness and a willingness to reflect on their own process.


The career opportunities for counsellors are many. For example, students may wish to work within NHS settings or schools, or further or higher educational counselling settings. Various opportunities are available within organisational settings and police settings, as well as in continuing professional development (CPD) work. The government agenda for Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) offers good opportunity for trained counsellors. There are also many other establishments that have some paid positions.

Visit the Counselling MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!





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