Plymouth Marjon University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of St Mark & St John

Psychotherapy and Counselling (Integrated Masters)

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Course summary

The Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling (MPsy) is a four-year comprehensive training route for degree-entry applicants who wish to become a practising psychotherapist or counsellor. We educate in the theory, research, and practice of psychotherapy and counselling, complementing professional training in psychotherapy and counselling with the academic rigour of a degree. The degree is an integrated master's degree, which means that an undergraduate degree is combined with a final master's year, leading to a master's level qualification. With consideration to theory, there are a variety of approaches to psychotherapy and counselling that are based on different theoretical perspectives of behaviour change. The degree covers a variety of these theoretical perspectives (person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, existential, strengths-based), focusing on one perspective in depth in the final year. With consideration to research, psychotherapy and counselling is an evidence-based profession. Teaching is evidence-based, and students learn how to interpret, critique, and apply research. They also learn how to conduct research in the context of psychotherapy and counselling. With consideration to practice, students learn, practice, and develop the skills they need to become competent, ethical, reflective, self-aware, and effective as psychotherapists and counsellors. They learn about the roles of psychotherapists and counsellors in a variety of professional settings, and develop the underpinning knowledge, understanding, and skills required for these roles. Subject to passing a ‘Readiness to Practice’ assessment, they also complete a 100-hour, integrated placement that involves providing supervised counselling to clients.


Year 1 • Immersing in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Introduction to Psychotherapy and Counselling • Skills in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Skills in Psychotherapy and Counselling 2 • Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing • Psychology and Counselling Year 2 • Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy • Research in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling • Working Ethically in a Mental Health Context • Engaging with Employability: Psychotherapy and Counselling Contexts Year 3 • Positive Psychology and Strengths-Based Approaches • Counselling Skills in Professional Roles and Settings • Working in Psychotherapy and Counselling (with Clinical Placement) • Psychotherapy and Counselling with Children and Young People • Personal and Professional Development in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Working with Difference and Diversity • Professional Project Year 4 • Clinical Placement in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Philosophy and Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Relational Depth in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Empirical Project in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Advanced Psychology and Counselling

Assessment method

Academic skills portfolio • Applied project • Artefact • Case study • Case study and reflection portfolio • Clinical portfolio • Conference poster • Counselling skills portfolio • Critical review • Directed research report • Essay • Ethical approval application • Log of supervision and 100 hours clinical practice • Observed practice and written reflection portfolio • Online quiz • Portfolio of critical reflections • Poster • Practical portfolio • Presentation • Professional Competence Evaluation • Professional project • Readiness to practice • Reflective essay and log of hours (portfolio) • Research proposal • Scientific report • Written reflection

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

GCSE English at Grace C or 4 (or equivalent)

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they have Pre-settled or Settled status.
Psychotherapy and Counselling (Integrated Masters) at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS