Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences


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.

Year 1

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies

(Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays)

Students attend, on campus, one day a week and are given a choice as to which day they wish to attend from those listed above.

Please note that students who have already completed an equivalent postgraduate level qualification in counselling may apply for entry with Recognised Prior Learning allowing them to enter the programme at Year 2 (Diploma). Please see entrance requirements for further information.

Year 2

The two years of the Pg Diploma run from September to May.  Students attend one day a week for taught classes, from 1.00 to 8.00pm.  They also undertake counselling practice placements requiring a minimum of 150 hours of counselling practice and 30 hours of prefssional supervision.

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling taught courses

  • The Counselling Relationship: Theory, Practice and Process
  • Developing Narratives of the Self
  • The Group in the Development of the Self and Others: A Person-Centred Approach
  • Difference, Diversity and Power

Year 3

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling taught courses

  • From Two Person to Three Person to Group: A Psychodynamic Perspective (20 credits)
  • Psychological Vulnerabilities & Distress in Counselling Practice
  • Transitions, Endings and Beginnings (20 credits)

Other components

  • Counselling Placement

Students are required to complete 150 hours of supervised client work in a practice placement during years 2 and 3 of the Diploma. We have excellent links with a range of agencies across Scotland, and can offer support to students in finding a suitable practice placement within one of these agencies.

Teaching and learning methods include small and large experiential group work, supervised practice, theory seminars, personal reflection, and independent study.

  • Practice and Process Group (weekly during years 2 and 3)
  • Interpersonal Learning Group (weekly during years 2 and 3)

Assessment methods combine essays with seminar presentations, self and peer assessment, placement-based assessment, and professional portfolios. Students will receive ongoing feedback on their development from tutors and peers throughout the programme, and will attend a final interview prior to graduation.