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Abertay University · School of Applied Sciences

Entry requirements

All new entrants are required to undertake a criminal records check (PVG) at the point of entry to the programme. All applicants are interviewed as part of the selction process.

Applicants will normally have:

  • An undergraduate degree (2:2 or better in any subject) which may be supplemented with professional experience and evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level
  • Interest in counselling as a profession or career/personal enhancement
  • Some experience in helping professionally or voluntarily
  • One reference- preferably academic, however professional will be accepted if out of education for a number of years.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop your theoretical understanding, hone your practical skills and achieve a higher level of personal awareness and resilience by studying counselling at a postgraduate level. This MSc equips you with the skills you need to offer emotional support for people experiencing problems in their lives.

Join the only Masters programme in the UK to provide comprehensive training in the pluralistic framework for counselling and psychotherapy integration. This means you’ll absorb a wide range of theories and interventions, learning how best to adapt your approach to the needs of your clients.

We enjoy a rich tradition of providing training in counselling and counselling skills. Our teaching staff are highly respected leaders in their field, and you’ll be joining a vibrant community of practitioners and past and current students.

Abertay has a strong research orientation, and the Tayside Centre for Counselling (TCC) is based on campus. There are opportunities for you to be involved in projects that are influencing and developing the role and effectiveness of counselling interventions in modern society.

Information for international students

All courses at Abertay University are taught in English. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English language requirements. Please see https://www.abertay.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/ for our full list of accepted qualifications.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

If you’re a Scottish student, or if you meet the residency requirements, and are planning to study this course, you could be eligible for a postgraduate loan.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Recruitment Team
+44 (0)1382 308 080