Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences


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

Taught courses

  • Three core courses as part Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies (these compulsory courses are accredited by COSCA)
  • Between Counselling and Research 1 (compulsory)
  • Two or more option courses

MSc in Counselling Studies FT one year:

MSc in Counselling Studies PT two years:

Other components

  • A Masters Dissertation of approximately 12,000 words in length

Further information

All taught courses take place between September and May, after which students complete their MSc dissertation for submission towards the end of August.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, theory seminars and independent study, personal reflection, discussion in pairs and small groups, a large community group, and individual reading.

Throughout the programme students will develop their listening skills in small practice groups of three or four, which includes some video-recorded practice, and will receive ongoing feedback on their development from tutors and peers. In addition students attend two personal tutorials with one of the core tutors.

Assessment is through essays and the dissertation. Students will receive feedback on their development throughout the programme.