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Postgraduate Diploma Counselling

Course Description


The course is designed to offer training of sufficient to equip the student to practice professionally in the role of Counsellor. The course is distinctive in exploring the implications of person centred theory and practice for spiritual understanding and development. Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Postgraduate Diploma component runs over a period of one year and is designed to equip successful students to practise professionally as Counsellors.


The central theoretical model for the course is the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers. Students may opt to progress to UEA’s full research-based MA Counselling after the first year. All trainees are required to secure a counselling placement, and are supported through the selection and application process to find a placement in which they can develop their qualities as a counsellor.


The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK's leading centres for research and teaching in education, offering a distinctive range of programmes at Postgraduate level. The School is nationally and internationally recognised for its work in educational innovation and social change, literacy and development and mathematics education. Where possible, colleagues from the UEA Literacy and Development Group also contribute to MA sessions. Students are encouraged to attend the public seminar series on Education and Development and informal reading groups.


A high proportion of Masters graduates from this course occupy senior posts in schools, universities and ministries all over the world. UEA also provides a professional Careers Centre and School Academic Careers Adviser.

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma Counselling page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Arundhati Mukherjee

"The School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA is committed to developing educational researchers who produce innovative research in different fields of education."


School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia – Postgraduate Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and from a number of external schemes. Applicants should note that many award schemes have early closing dates and may require the acceptance of the offer of a place as a condition of eligibility. If you wish to apply for funding you are therefore strongly advised to apply to the School of Education and Lifelong Learning as early as possible in the year of entry. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for an award.The School of Education and Lifelong Learning, within the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, has an excellent research and teaching profile with strong international links to institutes, organisations, international networks and research councils both throughout Europe and globally.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Award value usually for duration of the period of study and may vary for individual Scholarships


A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to Home/EU and International students. These are usually awarded to students on the basis of academic merit.

Application Procedure

For full details about how to apply and application deadlines for individual Courses, Scholarships and Funding opportunities specifically available to you, please visit the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants normally expected to be graduates (of any discipline), but other professional qualifications or demonstrable appropriate academic skills will be considered. Applicants will be expected to have undertaken previous counselling or counselling skills training.

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