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Counselling Studies and Therapeutic Communication MSc/ PG Dip

Course Description

This programme will assist and support students/practictioners who are interested in starting, developing or progressing a career in counselling and pyschotherapy. It will also be of relevance to therapeutic practictioners who wish to enhance their existing professional skills. It offers students a strong theoretical and practical foundations which draws from an integrative psychotherapy and counselling famework.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/counselling-studies-and-therapeutic-communication-8846

On completion of the Pg Dip/MSc students wishing to further their professional status can apply to undertake the linked programme PgCert in Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice. This consists of two supervised practice modules and requires the student to undertake an integral placement of 100 hours. This programme also contributes to the requirements of students working towards professional accreditation.

Course detail

- Description -

This course is specifically designed to assist students to develop key counselling and psychotherapy approaches. The theoretical orientation of the programme draws from is the humanistic and integrative framework. This is a flexible model that lends itself well to the complex demands of contemoprary counselling and psychotherapy practice. The learning in this programme is delivered in various experiential formats, with students been provided with ongoing opportunities to develop practice based skills & techniques.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

The objective of the teaching, learning and assessment centres around assisting students to develop practice competence. This experiential focus of the teaching is geared to this end. This is achieved through several mediums: interactive lectures; seminars; tutorials; workshops and integral part of the programme is directed towards developing skills enhancement and practice competence. This is accomplished by an ongoing utilisation of the university's specialised skills labs, which will assist the student in translating this learning into counselling and psychotherapy practice. This approach aims to foster confidence in the student so that they can effectively conceptualise and work therapeutically with client populations.

The assessment is orientated toward helping the student further enhance practice competence. This is achieved by several methods; skills and practice reviews and focused case studies. The assessments are constructed in such a manner that it encourages the student to engage with the ethical, theoretical and practical applications of counselling and psychotherapy practice.

Career options

Previous students have gone on to develop careers in counselling and psychotherapy. The course would also be especially relevant to therapeutic practitioners wanting to develop a high degree of competence in counselling application. Especailly to practictioners in the areas of mental health, social work or community work and pastoral work. The course aims to provide students with a high degree of competence in the application of counselling and psychotherapy approaches to potential client populations

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Counselling Studies and Therapeutic Communication MSc/ PG Dip page on the Ulster University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A relevant honours degree (second class lower or above). Some experience and understanding of counselling and psychotherapy application in a work context (voluntary or paid) would be advantageous. English language entry requirements: View Website

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