What will I learn?

Why this course?

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.

What you'll study

The emphasis is on person-centred therapy throughout the Counselling & Psychotherapy Masters programme. You'll undertake counselling training, including theoretical, personal and professional development and practical/skills-based components, over an 11-month period (September to August).

The counselling practice element of the training includes the following classes:

  • The Therapeutic Relationship
  • The Therapeutic Process
  • Personality Theory
  • Counselling Case Analysis
  • Counselling Practicum
  • Personal & Professional Development

The Research Dissertation class involves training in counselling research methods and a write-up of a small empirical study, practical case study, or review of research.

Accreditation: BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)

Careers

Graduates from our training courses have the potential to move into full-time or part-time positions. However, the more typical pathway is for students to continue within their placements, adding to their client experience.

Most UK employers are looking for client-contact hours greater than the minimum 100 hours gained during training. Many students quickly gain part-time employment in agencies offering telephone counselling and also in employee assistance programmes offering short-term counselling to their employees.

We encourage our graduates to work towards professional accreditation which also affords professional registration and recognition. A therapist requires 450 hours of practice to begin the accreditation process and the majority of counsellors also engage in advanced professional development to broaden their professional profile while working towards accreditation.

Ultimately, most counsellors work in a mixture of part-time settings, such as paid part-time work in the NHS or voluntary sector, plus some private practice and/or gaining a qualification to do group work or professional supervision. Other choose to mix their practice with non-counselling employment.

Which department am I in?

Psychological Sciences and Health

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£18,700.00 (US$ 24,317) per year
The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020

Venue

University of Strathclyde

McCance Building,

16 Richmond Street,

Glasgow,

Glasgow, City Of,

G1 1XQ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. Applications are made directly to Strathclyde for postgraduate study.

For international students

A first or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall (no individual band less than 5.5).

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About this uni

With more than 23,000 students from over 100 countries, Strathclyde University is a vibrant and welcoming place for students from all backgrounds.

  • The university Careers Service was voted UK Top 4 by students
  • To ensure a safe environment, there are over 90 security staff
  • 94% of graduates are in work or further study
  • More than 200 clubs and societies, and 50 fitness clubs