Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling

The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling is a recognised qualification to practice as a counsellor.

Name Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
Start Date September
Mode of Study 3 Years Part-time
Programme Leader Seamus Prior

Taught over three years of part-time study, it combines theoretical insights from the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions with practical experience gained in a range of counselling agencies.

For information on how to apply for the Pg Diploma (3 years) and also how to apply for direct entry to year two click on the Applications link (below)

Why choose the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling?

The Postgraduate Diploma is a recognised qualification to practice as a counsellor. Taught over three years of part-time study (including the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies in year one) it combines theoretical insights from the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions with practical experience gained in a range of agencies.

Studying at a world-class institution, you will benefit from outstanding resources to support your learning on this established and recognised programme. You will be facilitated in your learning by the core tutors who are experienced practitioners of counselling and psychotherapy, as well as by a personal tutor who will meet with you regularly throughout the Diploma, a practice supervisor who will help you reflect on your counselling work, and by an Interpersonal Learning Group tutor.

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

You will gain professional experience of individual adult counselling while on the Diploma. However, you will also be able to develop your experience of working with couples and/or with children and young people by undertaking additional option courses and practice placements with relevant agencies if you so wish.

The programme provides a high level of student-tutor contact and close supervision of counselling practice, in line with both professional and academic requirements.

Aims

The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling has a set of specific discrete aims.

Structure

The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling is a three-year programme comprised of the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies (year one), and two subsequent years of Diploma study.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling have enhanced employment prospects across a wide range of professions.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.

Fees

Information about programme fees for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.

Apply

To the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (3 years) and for direct entry to year two

Beyond the programme

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling allows individuals to access a whole host of other educational and professional development opportunities within the School.

Related links

COSCA - Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland