Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue)

The Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) is an accelerated, full-time professional training and education in counselling undertaken over 2 years of full-time study.

Name Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue)
Start Date September 2017
Mode of Study 2 Years Full-time
Contact re Applications Seamus Prior
Closing date for stage one, online applications Monday 3rd April 2017

It is a recognised qualification to practice as a counsellor, and combines theoretical insights from the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions with practical experience gained in a range of counselling agencies.

Why choose the Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue)?

The Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) is a full professional training meeting recognised standards for counselling training and education. Designed to meet the needs of international students but also open to local students, the programme provides an accelerated route to a Masters qualification in counselling.

A distinctive feature of this programme is the opportunity to gain practice experience at a range of counselling agencies, including our own dedicated placement agency, Hope Park Counselling Centre; one of only four such research and practice centres in the UK.

While this degree qualifies you to provide one-to-one counselling with adult clients, you can also develop your skills, knowledge and experience for working with couples and/or children and young people by taking additional option courses and through placements with relevant counselling agencies. You can also apply to audit additional option courses in counselling and psychotherapy which seem of interest to you.

You will be facilitated in your learning by core tutors who are experienced practitioners of counselling and psychotherapy, as well as by a clinical tutor who will meet with you regularly, and a practice supervisor who will help you reflect on your counselling work.

Studying at a world-class institution, you will benefit from outstanding resources to support your learning on this established and recognised programme.


The Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) has the specific aims and learning outcomes.


The Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) consists of eleven taught courses, a supervised practice placement, and a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.

Career prospects

Increasingly, employers are seeking Masters qualifications from applicants for management roles in counselling and psychotherapy, and graduates will be well positioned for these opportunities.

Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements for the Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) programme.


Information about tuition fees and additional costs.


September 2017 intake - we are now open for online applications to Stage one

Beyond the programme

Students can return to the University to attend CPD courses to support their ongoing professional development once they have qualified as counsellors / psychotherapists. They can also apply to undertake an advanced research degree such as the PhD / MPhil.

Contact us

General and academic contact details for the Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) programme.