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Psychotherapeutic Counselling MSc

Course Description

Psychotherapeutic Counselling courses at Staffordshire University offer two routes to a professional qualification in counselling. For those studying at postgraduate level (M), the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling and for those studying at undergraduate level (H) the Professional Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Both routes aim to meet the standards of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for counsellor training and education. The course reflects the four elements of training: Theory, Counselling Skills, Professional Issues and Personal Development as outlined by the Association. The course contact hours may be counted towards meeting part of criterion 4 of the BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation scheme. The provision of these four elements builds on the student’s ability to function as an effective, ethically aware counsellor in a structured and coherent way.

The MSc/Professional Diploma takes account of the move towards the more integrative approaches to counselling, which better meet the needs of Counselling clients in our present day multicultural and diverse society.

Course content

As a part-time student you will normally complete Stage 1 (Postgraduate Certificate) in Year 1, Stage 2 (Postgraduate Diploma) in Year 2, and Stage 3 (MSc) in Year 3.

You may progress to the MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling on successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma. The MSc will be awarded on successful completion of the Research Proposal module (15 credits) and the Dissertation module (45 credits).

The Postgraduate Certificate/ Postgraduate Diploma/ Professional Certificate/ Professional Diploma elements of this course all have four threads running continuously throughout the programme:
-Counselling Theory and Research
-Personal and Professional Development
-Professional, Legal and Ethical Studies
-Counselling Skills Practice and Development

Other admission requirements

Candidates must have successfully completed a Certificate in Counselling or equivalent for both the Postgraduate and Professional route.

Candidates must obtain a counselling placement whereby they can undertake a minimum of 150 hours of supervised counselling practice during the course.

Candidates should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent).

This course is designed for emotionally mature students.

Visit the Psychotherapeutic Counselling MSc page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates for the MSc should have a good Honours degree. We also welcome applications from those with qualifications relevant to counselling, e.g., Registered Mental Health Nurse, Qualified Social Worker, etc. and from those with evidence of working at degree level via a post qualification portfolio. See course description for further admission details.

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