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Psychotherapy & Counselling - MA

Course Description

The MA Psychotherapy & Counselling provides an intermediate pre-professional training, and includes taught, clinical, experiential and self-directed components.

This course is also available as a postgraduate certificate - http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/programmes/psychotherapy-counselling-certificate.aspx

Upon completion you will be able to go on to the final stage of training that leads to eligibility for UKCP membership as an integrative or existential psychotherapist.

Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.

Register for an open evening - http://www.regents.ac.uk/events/ma-psychotherapy-and-counselling-sept-2016.aspx

Why should I choose this programme?

This programme offers a broad knowledge of theories of psychotherapy and the work of key historical and contemporary figures.

It will enable you to:

‌•Develop your individual approach to the practice of psychotherapy and counselling
‌•Gain self-insight. evaluate your personal beliefs and identify prejudices that may affect your clinical practice
‌•Apply your knowledge and skills in an approved clinical placement under the supervision of experienced practitioners
‌•Develop your knowledge of research methods and carry out an in-depth ethical investigation into a relevant topic
‌•Key skills, aims and objectives
‌•Gain eligibility for professional training at advanced diploma level
‌•Prepare for psychotherapy practice by learning skills in the safe environment of the classroom
‌•Demonstrate a capacity for self-insight gained through personal therapy, and for ongoing self-evaluation and reflection on personal beliefs and prejudices that may affect clinical practice
‌•Gain knowledge of research methods and carry out an in-depth ethical investigation into a relevant topic
‌•Start to develop an individual approach to the practice of psychotherapy and counselling

Future opportunities

Upon completion of the programme you will be eligible to progress to one of our Advanced Diploma courses (in Integrative or Existential Psychotherapy), which is the final stage of training that leads to eligibility for UKCP membership.

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

•Apply online
•Apply directly to us using the application form available here http://www.regents.ac.uk/media/1188903/Regents-application-form.pdf
Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

•Copies of academic transcripts and certificates of all academic study undertaken after secondary school
•One letter of academic reference
•A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience if applicable.
•A 300 to 500-word personal statement in support of your application, outlining your reasons for applying to your chosen programme and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
•A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
•One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at )
•If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Please note: most candidates will be assessed for admission on the basis of their submitted application materials. However, RUL reserves the right to invite candidates for interview and to reject those who decline to attend.

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

•Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
•Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
•Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)
•Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/how-to-pay.aspx

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

For more information on course structure, admissions and teaching and assessment, please follow this link: http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/programmes/ma-psychotherapy-counselling.aspx

Visit the Psychotherapy & Counselling - MA page on the Regent’s University London website for more details!

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Student Profiles

Future Finance loans - No. of awards TBC

The University has partnered with Future Finance (as an alternative source of funding for our students*).The features of a Future Finance loan include:Loans are offered to all higher education students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with a UK domiciled address, (students must meet appropriate credit checks and be aged 18 or over)
Loans are offered from £2,500 - £40,000 and can include living costs as well as tuition fees
Loans are repayable up to 10 years after graduation
Students can take up to four three month payment breaks during the loan period
Representative 11.8% APR (variable)
*Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance webpage.https://regents.futurefinance.com/Please note that other sources of funding may be available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,500 - £40,000


Nationality: UK and EU

Application Procedure

To find out more and to apply, please visit the Future Finance webpage.https://regents.financemyfuture.co.uk/

Further Information



US Financial Aid - loan - No. of awards TBC

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to the cost of attendance set up by the University


Nationality: US citizens and Green Card holders

Application Procedure

Application processFor an outline of the application process please use this flowchart - http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/scholarships-funding-and-bursaries/us-financial-aid.aspx#flow

Further Information



Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Regent's Postgraduate Progressions Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to entrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you.Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. The higher your degree classification, the higher the scholarship amount you will be awarded.1st class degree = 15% tuition fee reduction
2:1 class degree = 10% tuition fee reduction
2:2 class degree = 5% tuition fee reduction

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 15% off tuition fees


Most undergraduate students who graduate with a Regent’s University London degree are eligible. Recipients will be expected to support the work of the External Relations team with on-campus recruitment activity, such as helping with Postgraduate Open Evenings.

Application Procedure

For further details please email the alumni team [email protected]

Further Information



Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2016-17 - 20+ Awards

The PGL will be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their programme.They must have been most recently resident in England, and must not have moved there from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the programme. Temporary absences from the home address, such as for education or travelling, will not prevent an applicant being eligible for PGL.Individuals may be eligible if they are an EU national or if they have the residency status of refugee, humanitarian protection, EEA or Swiss migrant worker, a family member of any of the previous categories, or a child of a Swiss national or child of a Turkish worker.You are permitted to transfer between Master’s programmes and retain your Postgraduate Loan (PGL).Repeat years of study will not be funded, unless you can prove compelling personal reasons (as defined in the SFE regulations) for repeating an academic year.Further funding is not available where you do not complete your studies in the specified programme length. However, you can suspend and resume your programme. No loan disbursements will be made during suspension periods.Withdrawals from programmes will be reported to the SLC immediately, and no payments will be made when you are no longer in study.Students with outstanding student loan arrears or students who have been previously declared ‘unfit’ for student support (e.g. due to attempted fraud) are also not eligible. Please note that application for the 2016-17 academic year is not yet open. We were informed that applications will open at the end of June 2016. Please check back then for further information.Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.Internal / external funding: ExternalType of funding: Discretionary non-means-tested loan to a maximum of £10,000 for a Master’s programme. This is a contribution towards the costs of study, in other words, it will be at your own discretion how you use the loan – towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £10,000


Nationality: Primarily UK, EU (see details)

Application Procedure

Important information for your applicationOnline applications will open from summer 2016 via the PGL website https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any discipline as well as a Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling of a minimum of 120 hours.We also require at least six months’ professional experience in an allied area (such as nursing, social work, teaching, human resources or mediation) or in a voluntary capacity in a helping or supportive context (such as befriending, mentoring or telephone helpline counselling).For further details and clarification, please see our website.For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we also require proof of English proficiency - please view our website.

Course Fees

MA - Annual tuition fee: £6,900 Registration fee: £920 Dissertation submission fee: £1,500 Non-EU advance deposit: £2,000. Cert - Tuition fee: £3,85

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