Taught course

Psychological Therapy

Institution
London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society
  • usually a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree in Psychology
  • practical experience of using counselling skills in an emotionally demanding helping role gained over at least one year prior to application and ideally some training in counselling skills
  • a level of professional and theoretical understanding adequate to support work in practice placements with vulnerable clients from the beginning of the programme
  • evidence of personal maturity, self-awareness and reflective capacity
  • a clear and appropriate rationale for wanting to train as a counselling psychologist
  • evidence of a realistic appreciation of and capacity to undertake professional training and research at postgraduate level
  • research interests relevant to the field of counselling psychology and an ability to think about how these could be developed into a viable research project (applicants for the doctoral programme must submit a short draft research proposal)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

All successful candidates undergo a selection interview with a panel from the programme team.

Accelerated study

This may be relevant for applicants who have already completed a significant amount of prior training or qualifications in the same or a related field.

Accreditation prior learning (APEL) offers the possibility of providing exemptions from some of the modules on a programme of study. In order to meet the requirements for APEL, applicants need to demonstrate they have achieved, via previous study, the learning outcomes associated with a module or modules on the MSc programme. If this can be demonstrated and the applicant is successful in their basic application for the programme, they will be awarded APEL for any module where they have already accrued the required learning.

Applications and eligibility for APEL should be discussed with a member of the course team if invited for interview, where further guidance on the APEL application process can be provided. This essentially involves the applicant submitting additional documentary evidence (e.g. prior course or module specifications and certification) and a covering letter clearly outlining how the applicant has met the learning outcomes of one or more of the London Met programme Year 1 modules.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why study this course?

This master's course constitutes the first year if our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and can be taken as a standalone course. While it doesn't confer eligibility for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as a counselling psychologist or British Psychological Society (BPS) chartered status, it may be of interest to individuals seeking to gain more experience in the field of counselling psychology or psychological therapies, including overseas students who don't intend to practice in the UK. MSc graduates who meet the criteria for progression can also apply to join Year 2 of the Professional Doctorate programme subject to availability of places.

More about this course

The MSc in Psychological Therapy is the equivalent of Year 1 of the professional doctorate in counselling psychology.

Students who complete all of the Year 1 modules from the doctoral programme but do not complete it fully, can take the award of MSc in Psychological Therapy.

A small number of places are usually available each year for applicants who wish just to apply for the MSc and not the full doctoral programme. This award does not confer eligibility to apply for HCPC registration as a counselling psychologist or BPS chartered psychologist status.

However, it may be of interest to individuals seeking to gain experience in the field of counselling psychology or who do not intend to practice in the UK or those seeking to gain a qualification that is supportive of their professional development in a current area of related activity, eg assistant psychologists, mental health practitioners, psychotherapists or counsellors.

Students can also apply to complete smaller numbers of modules from Year 1 of the programme to be eligible for the interim awards of Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological therapy (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Therapy/Applied Psychology Studies (60 credits).

Applicants state on their application forms whether they wish to enrol for the masters or doctoral programme and whether they wish to study in full- or part-time mode.

The same initial admissions criteria (see part 2, section 3) are applied to all applicants, whether they wish to complete the full doctoral programme or just the MSc. Students can also apply to complete smaller numbers of modules from Year 1 of the programme to be eligible for the interim awards of Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological therapy (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Therapy/Applied Psychology Studies (60 credits).

Assessment

Assessment on the course combines a variety of methods that reflect the range of competencies and experience that students develop on the programme. This includes:

  • case studies and process reports to assess students’ ability to effectively plan, implement, reflect on, evaluate and make recommendations regarding psychological interventions, within a recognised model of therapy and service context;
  • essays and examinations to assess areas of professional knowledge and understanding;
  • practice placement competency evaluations to rate the level of proficiency attained by students in their placement work;
  • a mid-year review and end-of-year appraisal to monitor students’ performance across the programme and their accrual of the necessary experience;
  • research assignments to assess knowledge and understanding of a range psychological research methods;
  • a reflexive critical literature and proposal to assess students’ ability to appraise the state of knowledge in a professionally relevant topic area and design a coherent research study for the generation of new knowledge;
  • attendance monitoring to ensure that students demonstrate adequate engagement with the taught curriculum

Modular structure

Core modules include:

  • Advanced Research Design and Analysis for Psychology (core, 20 credits)
  • Counselling Psychology Practice and Development (core, 20 credits)
  • Professional and Ethical Issues (core, 20 credits)

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7650
International students
£11400

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7133 4200