Plymouth Marjon University

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

MSc Advanced Psychotherapy and Counselling Studies (Taught)

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Course summary

The MSc Advanced Psychotherapy and Counselling Studies offers psychotherapists and counsellors the opportunity to advance their knowledge, understanding, and skill in the theory, research, and practice of psychotherapy and counselling by engaging with the “cutting edge” of the discipline. Students engage with advanced philosophical, psychological, and counselling theory underpinning practice, and they engage with contemporary research to support evidence-based practice. They also engage with advanced skills practice relating to relational depth and working with difference and diversity such as through engaging with gender, race, and sexual orientation considerations. As professional development, the programme aims to support students in ‘upskilling’ and advancing their knowledge, understanding, intellectual skills, and practical skills, and therefore improve the quality of their practice. Further, the consistent research focus throughout the programme will support students in preparing for postgraduate research opportunities such as a PhD.


• Research in Psychotherapy: Consumption and Production • Philosophy and Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Relational Depth in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Contemporary Interests in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Psychology and Counselling • Working with Difference and Diversity • Empirical Project in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Assessment method

• Applied project • Case Study • Conference poster • Critical review • Essay • Group project • Journal article research report • Portfolio of critical reflections • Presentation • Research proposal • Written reflection

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (2:1 classification indicative) or postgraduate degree in a relevant area (e.g., counselling and psychotherapy, psychology, youth and community work, nursing, social work). Where the undergraduate degree has not included counselling training, a counselling qualification to Level 4 minimum will usually be required. An interview is required. International students will be expected to meet the English language requirements of IELTS 6.5 in each category (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8000 Whole course
EU £14500 Whole course
England £8000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £8000 Whole course
Scotland £8000 Whole course
Wales £8000 Whole course
Channel Islands £8000 Whole course
International £14500 Whole course

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they hold Settled or Pre-settled status
MSc Advanced Psychotherapy and Counselling Studies at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS