Taught course


University of Edinburgh · School of Health in Social Science

Entry requirements

Candidates should possess either a UK 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent, in any subject; or a 2:2 degree together with a strong personal statement, normally including relevant experience and/or references confirming aptitude for study at a postgraduate level; or professional qualifications equivalent to an honours degree; or other evidence of capacity to study at postgraduate level (eg references or relevant professional experience). Candidates should demonstrate high levels of motivation through their personal statement indicating why they wish to study counselling, and demonstrating an understanding of counselling and the capacity to reflect on personal aptitude for work in this field. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Counselling Approaches (PGCert); Counselling (PGDip); Counselling Studies (MSc)

Months of entry


Course content

The programme aims to foster the development of critically reflective practitioners who are able to work in a variety of settings with a broad range of people.

The programme is founded in dialogue between the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives in counselling.

The Master of Counselling is validated professionally by COSCA at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels. It is a flexible student-centred training process with a strong emphasis on practice, including a counselling placement.

A distinctive feature of this degree is its focus on the student's individual counselling practice with clients, which normally begins in year two.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to International Students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://wwww.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months


part time
36 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Senior Secretary
+44 (0)131 650 3890