Taught course


University of East Anglia · School of Education and Lifelong Learning

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to be graduates (of any discipline), but those with other professional qualifications or who can demonstrate appropriate academic skills will be considered. More importantly, applicants will be expected to have undertaken previous counselling or counselling skills training.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Counselling degree consists of two components: The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling component is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). It runs over a period of one year and is designed to offer training of sufficient duration and depth to equip the successful course member to practise professionally in the role of counsellor. Students may opt to receive the Postgraduate Diploma after the first year or progress to the full research-based MA in Counselling.

Students who progress to the MA undertake a 6 day Research Methods module (run over three sets of Fridays and Saturdays in the autumn; see dates below) and are allocated an individual supervisor to support them in undertaking a piece of counselling related research. Students then produce a 20,000 word dissertation due at the beginning of April OR the beginning of September, depending on whether the MA is undertaken on a full or part time basis.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking. . For a full list of accepted English language tests / qualifications, please see our website. Campus accommodation is guaranteed for all international students who meet the specified criteria by 31st July.

Fees and funding

A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to UK/EU and International students. These are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Full details and application deadlines are available from the course web page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
full time
6 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515