School of Health in Social Science

Entrance requirements

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

  • Evidence of personal and professional readiness to undertake counselling education.
  • Substantial prior experience of providing helping relationships (eg teaching, nursing, social work, relevant voluntary work).
  • References confirming your academic and professional suitability for postgraduate counselling training.
  • Successful interview, which can take place face-to-face, by telephone or by webcam.

Academic requirements

  • EITHER an undergraduate degree equivalent to an upper second class honours degree in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy OR
  • An undergraduate degree equivalent to a good lower second class honours degree in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy AND references confirming aptitude for study at postgraduate level OR
  • Cognate professional qualifications equivalent to an honours degree OR
  • Exceptionally, where an applicant’s undergraduate degree is in an area not considered relevant to counselling and psychotherapy, they may be admitted at the discretion of the programme director so long as they meet the personal and professional suitability requirements stipulated in the Stage One application form

Further requirements

  • English language requirements (IELTS 7.0+ or equivalent) apply to students whose first language is not English or whose first degree was not taught in English. This requirement is higher than the standard College requirement of 6.5, as language skills are particularly pertinent in counselling and students will be required to communicate verbally and in writing at a high level from the start of the programme
  • PVG clearance (The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme which is run by Disclosure Scotland). This ensures applicants do not have any criminal convictions which would make them unsuitable for work with vulnerable adults or children. You do not have to attach this to your application – the PVG check will be carried out by the University.