Taught course

Clinical Counselling

University of Chester · Department of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

Acceptance on the course is subject to an assessment interview. Applicants will also be expected to have the following:

  • A minimum intermediate counselling qualification at Level 2 with attendance within a five-year framework. You will be expected to obtain a reference from the tutor of this course.
  • A 2:2 honours degree, professional qualification or equivalent.
  • Applicants must apply for an Occupational Health check.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

The complexities of modern life present many situations in which counselling can be valuable. Our Clinical Counselling course builds on the University’s reputation of offering quality professional training in counselling for a number of years.

Our Master’s course provides professional education for developing particular qualities in relationship with others, enabling individuals to discover their own resources for a more creative, optimistic and autonomous way of being that is key to counselling.

Why Study Clinical Counselling with us?

Our course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and our MA is one of a few accredited MA courses in a university setting in the country.

The course reflects the ethos of the person-centred approach to counselling, although there is the opportunity to explore other established approaches.

There is also the chance to produce a small-scale Research Dissertation in an area of interest in the field of counselling.

How will I be taught?

There are a variety of learning methods, including interactive seminars, small and large group interaction, residential weekends, triad groups, experiential exercises, and student presentations.

The course follows a modular structure and is delivered over three years on a part-time basis on one full day a week. Integral to the course are an away day, residential weekends, 20 hours of personal counselling, 150 hours of supervised counselling practice, and 50 hours of administration in an approved placement.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via coursework of 5,000 words or an equivalent (excluding the Research Dissertation). Coursework will take the form of essays, case studies, recording and critique of sessions, reports and portfolio.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

The course has British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation.

Course contact details

Department of Social and Political Sciences