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MA Psychotherapy and Counselling

Course Description

MA Psychotherapy and Counselling
The post-graduate diploma (pg dip) is studied over two years and the Master of Arts (MA) over three years. The two programmes share the same teaching in the first two years, with the addition of a research methods course for MA students. Students progressing to MA have the opportunity to contribute to knowledge generated through research, and develop the skills of a researcher.

The pedagogical approach is one of collaboration, reflexivity and creativity. You will contribute to the learning community comprising staff and students from day one, generating knowledge through reading, reflection, and exploration and sharing this with others through discussion, formal presentations and writing.

The theoretical and practice model adopted focuses on the central importance of the therapeutic relationship, as evidenced through rigorous research. We approach this through a pluralistic lens, critically reviewing more than one school of thought (for example, humanistic, psychodynamic).

Course benefits
These programmes offer a professional training for those graduates who have already studied counselling to certificate level and developed sufficient skill to practise as a student counsellor / psychotherapist. They offer the added value of doing so within a research intensive university that also values teaching excellence, with the option of undertaking a small scale piece of original research. The Masters cpurse is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).

Visit the MA Psychotherapy and Counselling page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Entry Requirements

• Minimum degree of 2:1or above• A certificate in counselling or minimum 40 hours counselling skills training for applicants with a relevant professional qualification e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapy. • English Language at GCSE grade C or equivalent, or IELTS overall score 7. • Two satisfactory references; one of which must normally be an academic reference.• Insight into psychotherapeutic counselling, to be assessed via interview.• A level of maturity associated with personal reflection on a variety of adult and childhood experiences and developed interpersonal skills, to be assessed via interview. • Satisfactory police* clearance.

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