Psychotherapeutic Counselling MSc

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 3 Years

2018/19 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £2,115 per year of study
Course start September
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  • Offers a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop your professional knowledge and skills in Counselling under the guidance of highly qualified and committed staff.
  • Taught by highly experienced practitioners with diverse interests.
  • Uses an Integrative model, which allows us to study both unity between different theories, also looking at complexity and difference.

Course outline

Psychotherapeutic Counselling courses at Staffordshire University offer two routes to professional qualification in counselling.  For those studying at postgraduate level (L7), the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling and for those studying at undergraduate level (L6), the Professional Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling

The postgraduate and undergraduate levels are taught together but assessed differently to reflect the appropriate level that students have enrolled on. Transfer from Professional Diploma to MSc/Postgraduate Diploma is possible if consistently high marks are achieved in Year 1.

Both the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma and the Professional Diploma are British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited and meet the standards of the BACP for counsellor training and education.  The courses reflect 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 more integrative approaches to counselling, which better meet the needs of counselling clients in a multicultural and diverse society.  Five different counselling approaches are taught: Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural, Psychodynamic, Attachment and Systemic. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own integrative approach as this develops over the course.


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits in your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,115.00 per year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.”


Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won’t have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

For more information and how to apply click here.


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.

The Postgraduate Certificate/ Postgraduate Diploma elements of this course all have four threads which run throughout the programme:

  • Counselling Theory and Research
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Studies
  • Counselling Skills Practice and Development

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).

Entry requirements

Candidates for the MSc should have a good Honours degree.  We also welcome applications from those with other 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.

Candidates must have successfully completed a Certificate in Counselling or equivalent.

Candidates are required to obtain a counselling placement whereby they undertake a minimum of 100 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).

The emotional maturity and resilience of prospective students will be assessed as part of the application and interview process.


This course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


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