Taught course

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Keele University · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are a 2i degree in any discipline or equivalent professional qualifications. This is to ensure that students have the required foundational written and analytic skills to study at MSc level.

In line with the requirements of BACP, applicants also need to demonstrate the following attributes: self awareness, maturity and stability; ability to make use of and reflect upon life experience; capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course; ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirements; ability to form a helping relationship; ability to be self-critical and use both positive and negative feedback; awareness of the nature of prejudice and oppression; awareness of the nature of difference and equality; ability to recognise the need for personal and professional support; competence in or the aptitude to develop generic personal skills, including: literacy, numeracy, information technology, administrative skills, self-managements skills, communication and interpersonal skills.

We are also looking for students with some experience of working with people in a helping capacity, whether voluntary or paid.

Applicants will need to address these points in their personal statements in the application form and in response to the criteria questionnaire to be completed as part of the application process.

Applicants will be required to initially complete an online application form including a personal statement. Once the application has been received, if the applicant meets the entry requirements for the programme, they will be sent a set of criteria questions to fill out. If the responses to these questions are satisfactory, and there are places available, the applicant will either be offered a conditional or unconditional place, depending on references and other conditions that might need to be met (e.g. the completion of required qualifications). Alternatively, the applicant may need to attend an interview with two members of the core counselling team who teach on the MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy programme at Keele University, before they can be considered for a place on the course.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme aims to equip students with the knowledge and expertise to support their work as professional person-centred/ humanistic counsellors. It aims to integrate students’ counselling skills practice with academic study at Masters level and to facilitate student learning in several areas of counselling, namely counselling skills, counselling related theory and personal and professional development.

The programme offers to students a thorough theoretical grounding in person-centred/humanistic counselling and an introduction to research methodology. The principles underpinning the programme are empowerment, holistic development, relationships and community.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of at least 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each sub-test (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

University Bursaries may be available.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

ALTERNATIVE NAMED ROUTE 'MSC IN COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY STUDIES' TO ALLOW STUDENTS who do not need a professional qualification to pursue an academic Masters with Counselling Skills. No placement requirements for MSc in Counselling Studies.

Course contact details

Jo Gravano