Course options

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

LJMU's Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice MA develops practitioner researchers and offers the equivalent components of a PgDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy and Independent Research Dissertation. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for this course is February 9th 2024.

  • Qualify as a Counselling and Psychotherapy Practitioner on this flexible Masters programme with a two year clinical Diploma-level component
  • Enjoy a contemporary curriculum delivered by a research centre of excellence
  • Study a core model of person-centred and experiential practice, integrating other specific approaches
  • Carry out novel research in your chosen field
  • Benefit from excellent educational and professional training facilities, exceptionally supportive staff and a thriving student community
Counselling and Psychotherapy students come from a wide range of backgrounds in the voluntary, statutory, and commercial sectors. This creates a rich learning environment, enhancing the experience for everyone. Our programme locates counselling and psychotherapy in its social, political, ecological, and economic context. It explores counselling through an intersectional lens and advocates anti-oppressive practice. Integral to the course are considerations of power and prejudice, including those pertaining to class, disability, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. The programme is a professional training in Person-Centred Experiential Therapy. This includes Pre-Therapy, Focus Orientated Therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy. Students will be supported to meet the required competencies to offer online and phone counselling to clients. Students will be given an overview of other therapeutic models that are not practiced on the course. This may include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Existential Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. The programme is delivered by practicing therapists and supervisors, registered with Counselling and Psychotherapy professional bodies such as British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and National Counselling Society (NCS). You will learn to work with issues such as loss, bereavement, anxiety, trauma, stress, mental health issues, depression, suicidal ideation, and sexual abuse.

Assessment method

How learning is monitored on your programme To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic. The counselling and psychotherapy lecturers are all practicing therapists, who offer valuable insights into the latest theory and practice. Each module in the first two years is assessed through coursework, using variety of assessment methods including:

  • essays
  • case studies
  • recording of skills work
  • written critiques of skills work
  • reflective work
  • presentations
  • verbal feedback
Relational skills are the cornerstone of counselling and psychotherapy. You are part of a community of learners and, as such, are encouraged to learn with and from each other. Peer assessment is a key feature of the course. The final MA year involves four days of study followed by a research project to produce a dissertation, supported by tutorials and other forums.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

Entry requirements

-an honours degree -basic counselling skills, preferably gained through a counselling skills level 2 award or through relevant work experience. -RPL is accepted on this programme Relevant work experience: -Basic counselling skills, preferably gained through a counselling skills level 2 award or through relevant work experience. International requirements: -IELTS 6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component) -International students entering on a Student visa cannot study part-time


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £49.6 Credit
Northern Ireland £49.6 Credit
Scotland £49.6 Credit
Wales £49.6 Credit

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Liverpool John Moores University - UCAS