Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences


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

Students will:

  • Critically examine the role of counselling in society
  • Understand social science perspectives and debates about counselling and psychotherapy
  • Possess sound research, conceptual, analytical and communication skills
  • Be able to contribute to knowledge of counselling through undertaking effective research
  • Be able to formulate, justify and criticise research questions relevant to counselling and related practices
  • Be able to critically assess the relevance of research for the practice and provision of counselling, psychotherapy and related practices
  • Have a solid grounding in counselling and listening skills, and will be able to apply these in a variety of work settings
  • Have an understanding of both person-centred and psychodynamic theoretical perspectives in counselling
  • Increase their self-awareness, communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Understand counselling and related practices in their social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts
  • Explore the significance of difference, diversity and power in helping relationships
  • Understand the ethical nature of the listening relationship and develop an appreciation of the need for clear boundaries and contracts