Taught course

Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Birkbeck, University of London · Psychosocial Studies

Entry requirements

Second-class honours degree in any subject or an equivalent professional qualification; non-graduates with academic and professional experience will be considered. Work that includes a counselling/psychotherapy component. Prior completion of a counselling/psychotherapy course at Certificate of Higher Education level or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

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

Psychodynamic counselling has been taught at Birkbeck now for over 40 years. Those who laid the foundations for this course had a strong commitment to promoting the value of psychodynamic counselling, which 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.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Emphasis on how organisations and groups function, which will enable you to understand and manage professional settings and relationships.
  • Accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Counselling courses have been running at Birkbeck for over 40 years and have built up a reputation among employers for their high quality.
  • Offers an in-depth training in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy.
  • You have access to Birkbeck Library and courses on study skills.
  • You also have access to a range of lectures, seminars and workshops, feature world-renowned speakers and academics, organised by the Department of Psychosocial Studies and other events in the College.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 7975 pa

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Student Advice Service
+44(0) 20 3907 0700