School of Health in Social Science

MSc in Counselling Studies

The MSc in Counselling Studies is a taught Masters which firmly locates the practice of counselling within the field of social science enquiry.

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Name MSc in Counselling Studies
Start Date September 2017
Mode of Study 1 Year Full-time, 2 Years Part-time
Programme Leader Jonathan Wyatt
Closing date for applications to 2017 intake  Friday, 18th August 2017

Delivered over one year full-time or two years part-time study, it includes the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies, one core research course, two or more option courses, and a research dissertation.

Why choose the MSc in Counselling Studies?

 

Aims and outcomes

The MSc in Counselling Studies offers comprehensive academic study of counselling and related practices. It includes the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies, one required research course (Between Counselling and Research 1), two or more option courses, and a research dissertation.

You will examine critical social science perspectives on knowledge and research, the role of subjectivity, inter-subjectivity and context in research, and the relationship between research and reflective counselling practice.

While the MSc in Counselling Studies is not a qualification to practice as a counsellor or psychotherapist, it introduces you to the skills of effective listening as well as the concepts which underpin person-centred and psychodynamic practice, and it can act as a foundation for further counsellor training and education or as a complement to existing practitioner qualifications.

Professional certification

The Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies component of the programme is validated by COSCA, the professional counselling body for Scotland, so students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies will also receive a COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Dissertations

Dissertations (approximately 15,000 words in length) may be on any topic related to counselling or psychotherapy, subject to the approval of the Programme Director, and can be focused either on an empirical research project or a piece of critical scholarship.

A member of academic staff with suitable research interests and experience will be appointed to supervise your research and you will also be able to attend monthly workshops to assist you with preparation for your dissertation.

 

Aims

Students who successfully complete the MSc in Counselling Studies will have many useful skills and capabilities.

Structure

Information about the structure of the MSc programme in Counselling Studies.

Career prospects

This degree enhances the career prospects of professionally qualified counsellors and practitioners using counselling skills in related fields, such as health care, social work or education.

Entrance requirements

The entrance requirements for the MSc in Counselling Studies are listed here.

Fees

Information about tuition fees for the MSc programme in Counselling Studies.

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Beyond the programme

Options for students to continue with academic study beyond the MSc in Counselling Studies.