Entry requirements

You must have one of the following academic qualifications:

  • 2ii or above undergraduate degree in psychology or counselling (or closely related) subject OR 2ii or above undergraduate degree in unrelated subject
  • AND certificate in counselling OR relevant professional experience
  • AND evidence of academic capability to postgraduate level.

Students will also be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and the acceptance on the course will depend on their fitness to practice with vulnerable adults.

All applicants meeting the above requirements will also be interviewed before acceptance on the course. This structured interview is a requirement of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy.

Months of entry


Course content

This course aims to prepare you to take an active role as a member of the professional counselling/ psychotherapy community. It explores a range of psychological approaches and therapeutic methods to provide holistic training in counselling.
You will learn about the Humanistic approach and Person-Centred therapy, Psychodynamic approach and Psychoanalytic therapy, Behavioural approach and Behaviour therapy, and Cognitive approach and Cognitive therapy. You will also be introduced to several integrative approaches, such as CBT, REBT, and TA.
In addition, you will take part in practical activities to develop your communication skills and help you to introduce the therapeutic techniques into your practice. This extensive curriculum will equip you to work with clients across various settings, and provide you with a toolkit of evidence-based techniques and relationship-focused methods.
This course will also include a solid foundation in Psychology and Research, so that you will graduate with all of the skills needed to apply for doctorate level study or work in an empirically-based practice.

As a postgraduate at one of the UK's leading Psychology departments you’ll have an exceptional student experience working alongside internationally renowned researchers using cutting edge techniques and equipment. We’re ranked top 20 for Research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework and offer a modern teaching, learning and research environment, including brain-imaging (MRI) technology, ERP, ECG, TMS, Eye Tracking and Sound Booth laboratories. We regularly rank in the top 10 for student satisfaction in the NSS and offer Scholarships to Home/EU & Overseas students. We’re also top 10 for overall student numbers and overseas student numbers making us one of the largest, most cosmopolitan psychology depts. in the UK.

Information for international students

This course does accept applications from overseas students (Non-EU) but overseas students should note that they will have to attend Bangor University to take part in interviews which will be held in June – due to the professional requirements of the course it is NOT possible to have Skype type remote interviews. IELTS of at least 7.0 required.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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There are school funded achievement scholarships for first class students, international scholarships and information on other funding sources on our scholarships School page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Fay Short
01248 38 8287