Taught course

Counselling and Psychotherapy

University of East London · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

* A first degree or equivalent qualification or a professional qualification or experience that demonstrates the ability to achieve the standards of the programme. Those without these qualifications will be expected to provide recent evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level. * Appropriate personal qualities relevant to counselling/therapy. * Adequate opportunity, after the first semester, to organise and carry out the formal counselling of three of more clients per week througout the rest of the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is designed to provide education and training in an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy to a level appropriate for safe, ethical and effective practice. It provides a foundation for you to develop as a counsellors/psychotherapist through:

  • intensive training in practical skills
  • a core model within which it is possible to integrate concepts and techniques from a variety of orientations
  • opportunities to extend your academic and professional development to MA level.

You are encouraged to develop your own integrative ways of thinking and working, based on critical appraisal of a range of theoretical perspectives – and what works for you with your clients – rather than adherence to a particular theoretical school. The course is designed to appeal to a diverse range of occupational groups within the ‘helping professions’. It is also appropriate for those who wish to work in private practice.

The Postgraduate Diploma includes all the elements required by BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) accreditation, providing a balance of theory, skills training, personal development and clinical practice.

Key Facts

  • A long and well-established tradition of counsellor training at the University (the programme started in 1972).
  • A BACP-accredited programme (one of the first in the country).
  • A relatively small programme group of up to 24 students.
  • The UEL School of Psychology is one of the largest providers of psychology education and training in the UK. When you join the PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy programme you are joining a community of undergraduate, postgraduate and Doctoral students studying a wide range of psychology, applied psychology and related programmes.
  • You have access to specialist equipment and labs, a large computing centre and, as of 2013, a brand-new library. The School also has a dedicated student helpdesk which offers a one-stop shop for handling student enquiries.

Why Choose Us

  • The course is based around an established integrative approach that enables you to develop your own synthesis within a framework that is not tied to a particular theoretical school or perspective.
  • The course core model or integrating framework is informed by up-to-date research about what works in therapy and how it is best delivered.
  • There is a strong emphasis on the core qualities of counselling and practical skills training.
  • There is an emphasis on working in groups: counselling practicum, skills training, clinical supervision and peer support groups, and within the whole programme group, on interactive structured exercises and activities.
  • The programme's staff have extensive clinical experience, (very) many years experience as trainers; and have written and published widely.
  • The course is delivered in a School of Psychology with other staff who have relevant specialist expertise.
  • A range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches that can be integrated into the core framework are explored in year 2.
  • We also have a suite of counselling rooms, equipped with DVD recording facilities, where you can develop counselling skills or conduct interviews for research purposes, and private rooms for your studies and research.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Tuition Fees: 2013/14
UK / EU Module fee: £1,470
Complete MA: £8,820

International Complete MA: £11,400

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978