Taught course

Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Psychosocial Studies
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

Work that includes a counselling/psychotherapy component.

Prior completion of a counselling/psychotherapy course at Certificate of Higher Education level or equivalent.

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent international qualification.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

There are many different types of counselling, each based on their own concepts and orientations.

Psychodynamic counselling offers a model for understanding the human personality and how it develops, our network of relationships and how we interact with others, how psychological problems may originate and the repetitive patterns that maintain them, and how personal change takes place.

Our MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy establishes an understanding of psychoanalytic-based theory and covers the technical processes of counselling, while developing the personal and professional awareness required for effective practice as defined by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

You can choose from two routes on this programme: the original week-day route, starting October 2020, or a new weekend route offered from January 2021. Years 1, 2 and 3 of the weekend route will be taught on Saturdays. Please state on your application form which route you would like to join.

By the end of the course, you will have the ability to work as a psychodynamic counsellor or psychotherapist at an appropriate professional standard. You will understand, and know how to use, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic principles to increase knowledge of theory and practice, of personality development, and of the institutional and group influences on personal development.

You will possess high-level skills in thinking psychodynamically about counselling issues, and making professional communications about counselling work, and display a capacity for self-reflection, especially knowledge of your inner world and how it impacts on counselling work, and your role in groups and institutions.

This programme utilises group relations conferences as one way to explore the impact of group and organisational dynamics on individual behaviour and experience.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 20 3907 0700