Taught course

Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

You will need an Honours degree in a subject such as Health and Social Care, Nursing, Psychology or a more general, yet related, discipline. You will also need a counselling skills level 2 award or the ability to demonstrate basic counselling skills which may have been gained from relevant work or experience. Some applicants come from teaching and may have worked in support roles or social care. Selection is by individual interview where we will assess your professional interest in the subject and your ability to study autonomously and to manage your own time, and cope with the intellectual and academic rigour of the course. This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice from Liverpool John Moores University features a PgDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy and develops practitioner researchers via a challenging, contemporary curriculum.

  • Masters degree available to study part time over three years
  • Qualify as a counselling and psychotherapy practitioner on this flexible Masters programme with a two year clinical Diploma-level component
  • Enjoy a contemporary curriculum delivered by a research centre of excellence
  • Study a core model of person-centred and experiential practice, integrating other specific approaches
  • Carry out novel research in your chosen field
  • Benefit from excellent educational and professional training facilities, exceptionally supportive staff and a thriving student community
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

This stimulating programme combines theory and practice and requires significant private study.

Year one is dedicated to group theoretical study with one day of timetabled university study per week and one day of independent study.

Year two features 100 hours of practice placement which can be split between two settings. Practice placements may involve voluntary counselling agencies; counselling services in colleges, hospitals or workplaces or those attached to a GP surgery. You will need to find your own placements, with assistance from course tutors and will also need to access and fund appropriate supervision for this phase of your course.

Completion of year two is equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy which will enable you to practice as a qualified counsellor, working with clients aged 16 and over, subject to BACP approval.

In year three independent study takes over as you embark on ethical, reliable and valid independent research for your 60 credit dissertation. Four days of timetabled sessions introduce this phase of the course and include research ethics and methodology.

During your studies you will also have to attend and fund a minimum of 12 hours of personal therapy.

In terms of learner support, students are taught together, encouraging a supportive peer approach. Module leaders offer academic support on individual units and small group skills tutorials are available.

Your university-based sessions will take place at the city centre campus - a vibrant location offering everything you could possibly need during your studies.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please contact the Faculty of Education, Health and Community (Health) for up to date information regarding fees. The Faculty can be contacted by email at health@ljmu.ac.uk or telephone 0151 231 5829

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090