Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice MA at University of Nottingham - UCAS

University of Nottingham

Degree level: Postgraduate

Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice MA (Taught)

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Course summary

Person-centred experiential psychotherapy and counselling is part of the group of therapies that are based on humanistic-existential psychology. This course enables you to gain the theoretical, professional and personal skills needed for effective counselling practice. Our teaching is informed by over 50 years of counselling tradition, leading scholars and practitioners in the field. Their expertise and academic knowledge allow you to see how this type of counselling can have a tangible impact. You will undertake a work placement as a counsellor and be supported by qualified practice educator, allowing you to build practical skills and develop as a counsellor. You may also engage with a wider community of scholars through training events, seminars and conferences organised by external organisations or the course team. This course is ideal for those who wish to train to become a counsellor in this experiential area. It will equip you with the required number of training hours for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. It will also prepare you for doctoral studies in counselling and psychotherapy or related areas. With an advanced education degree from the University of Nottingham, you will graduate with all the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to pursue your career goals.


This course provides a seamless journey from beginner to qualified practitioner in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice. In year one, you will complete core modules in person-centred experiential theory and professional practice skills. During year two, you will choose between two specialist pathways: Counselling for adults across the lifespan or Counselling for children and young people. If you are full-time student you will also commence your counsellor placement. You must complete a minimum of 100 hours. During this time, you will also commence your own personal therapy, of which you you must complete a minimum of 80 hours. Part-time students will complete these elements of the course during their third year.

Assessment method

You must complete and pass all assessment tasks and be an active member of the learning community. You will be required to take a Readiness to Practice examination during the first (full-time) or second year (part-time). If you successfully demonstrate your readiness to practice, you will be required to engage in a supervised counselling placement of 100 hours beginning in your second (full-time students) or third (part-time students) year. Assignments vary in length and you will be given clear guidelines at the beginning of each module about its assessment requirements. You will also be assigned an academic tutor for each module who will discuss your essay plan and ideas with you. You will be able to select your own topics for assignments, focusing on some area of interest related to the module aims. Placement supervisors are required to submit regular reports on your development as a counsellor within the context of the placement agency and your engagement with clients and supervision.

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent). Prior experience in counselling and psychotherapy is not required, however, you should have one year of work/volunteer experience in a helping or supporting role. All students are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting their placement. IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

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Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice MA at University of Nottingham - UCAS