Counselling and Psychotherapy at University of Strathclyde - UCAS

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Course summary

Person-centred-experiential counselling and psychotherapy is internationally recognised. Evidence suggests it's one of the leading therapeutic approaches to mental health and wellbeing, and it continues to develop important practical applications and theoretical knowledge. Our long-established postgraduate courses in counselling have offered a unique opportunity to gain in-depth experience of the person-centred-experiential methods applied in counselling and psychotherapy, to Masters level. Our courses have an international reputation and attract students from the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, China, and India. The MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy course has been restructured to meet evolving standards for evidence-based practice, rising educational standards, increased professional regulation, and rapid social and economic change. You'll gain a solid grounding and thorough integration of theory, research and practice, as well as a capacity to engage with the wider field of human distress and wellbeing, including private, public and third sector mental health agencies.


Course content: The Therapeutic Relationship, Personality Theory, The Therapeutic Process, Counselling Case Formulation, Personal and Professional Development, Counselling Practicum, Counselling Research Dissertation.

Assessment method

Assessment is through summative written assignments and formative assessments which draw on interactions within all the aspects of the course.

Entry requirements

For entry to our MSc you must have a: 2:1 or above Undergraduate degree or a Masters degree certificate in counselling skills; completed or in the process of completion. This could be the COSCA certificate (offered by the Centre for Lifelong Learning) or the equivalent. The equivalent must contain at least 40 hours of counselling skills practice in triads, teach the basics of person-centred counselling and make use of large or tutor groups for processing. strong personal statement about why you've chosen to work with the person-centred approach For entry to our part-time programme, we're also considering the below: a 2:2 or above Undergraduate degree plus; COSCA certificate (or equivalent) substantial experience working in the field of mental health strong personal statement other qualifications deemed acceptable, together with; 10 years plus of experience working in the field of mental health COSCA certificate (or equivalent) strong personal statement We do receive more applications than we have places to offer and the calibre of applicant is high. If your application passes the initial selection process you'll be invited for a three-hour interview. For our full-time programme this will be held at the end of February or the beginning of March. At your interview you'll be observed by two tutors and expected to: participate in a small group discussion to observe your communication skills demonstrate your counselling skills in a short triad exercise share why you've applied for the course to observe your personality and interests For international students it will be as above. However, if the time zone doesn't permit you attending a group interview you'll be offered an individual interview with two tutors to make up the triad. The procedure will be similar to the above and will last up to one hour. The aim of the interview is also for you to ask questions about the course to see if it's right for you. If you're successful at this interview you'll be made an offer of a place on our MSc. You'll need to reply to that offer within three weeks to secure your place on the course. Due to stiff competition for funded places deferral is not normally offered.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £7700 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £18950 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is offering a fee reduction of up to 25% to employees of NHS partner agencies. Find out more about the 25% tuition fee reduction for NHS employees: There are several other scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.

Counselling and Psychotherapy at University of Strathclyde - UCAS