Taught course

Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Staffordshire University · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Candidates for the MSc should have a good Honours degree. We also welcome applications from those with qualifications relevant to counselling, e.g., Registered Mental Health Nurse, Qualified Social Worker, etc. and from those with evidence of working at degree level via a post qualification portfolio. Candidates must have successfully completed a Certificate in Counselling or equivalent for both the Postgraduate and Professional route. Candidates must obtain a counselling placement whereby they can undertake a minimum of 150 hours of supervised counselling practice during the course. This course is designed for emotionally mature students.

Months of entry


Course content

Psychotherapeutic Counselling courses at Staffordshire University offer two routes to a professional qualification in counselling. For those studying at postgraduate level (M), the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling and for those studying at undergraduate level (H) the Professional Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Both routes aim to meet the standards of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for counsellor training and education. The course reflects the four elements of training: Theory, Counselling Skills, Professional Issues and Personal Development as outlined by the Association. The course contact hours may be counted towards meeting part of criterion 4 of the BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation scheme. The provision of these four elements builds on the student’s ability to function as an effective, ethically aware counsellor in a structured and coherent way.

The MSc/Professional Diploma takes account of the move towards the more integrative approaches to counselling, which better meet the needs of Counselling clients in our present day multicultural and diverse society.

Information for international students

Candidates should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

Fees and funding

See: Postgraduate funding @ Staffordshire University

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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+44 (0) 1782 294 400