Taught course

Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue)

University of Edinburgh · School of Health in Social Science

Entry requirements

Note: Applicants are advised to visit the Counselling and Psychotherapy website in order to download and complete a Stage One application prior to submitting any materials online.

As an accelerated professional training programme, entrants are required to be both personally and professionally suitable for counselling training and ready to begin counselling practice within six months of programme commencement. The entrance requirements therefore combine personal suitability requirements with professional experience and academic requirements. Applicants are expected to meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • an undergraduate degree equivalent to an upper second class honours degree in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy;
  • an undergraduate degree equivalent to a good lower second class honours degree in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy and references confirming aptitude for study at postgraduate level;
  • cognate professional qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

Exceptionally, where an applicant's undergraduate degree is in an area not considered relevant to counselling and psychotherapy, they may be admitted at the discretion of the programme director so long as they meet the personal and professional suitability requirements stipulated below.

Personal and professional suitability and relevant experience requirements are laid own by the British professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy as follows:

  • self awareness, maturity and stability;
  • ability to make use of and reflect on life experience;
  • capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the programme;
  • ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirements;
  • ability to form and sustain helping relationships;
  • ability to be self critical and use both positive and negative feedback;
  • awareness of difference, diversity and power;
  • capacity for psychological thinking and engagement;
  • understanding of the principles and practices of counselling.

In addition to meeting the suitability requirements, applicants are required to have substantial relevant experience of working in helping roles in counselling or a cognate area, such as education, social work, nursing, mental health practice, applied psychology or equivalent.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

An interview, by telephone, webcam, video-conference or in person, is required to determine personal and professional suitability and relevant experience. Clearance by Disclosure Scotland (a criminal record suitability check) is also required.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) is the new two year full-time professionally-accredited postgraduate qualification in counselling. It is an accelerated version of the well-established Master of Counselling (MCouns), which is offered over four years part-time.

The Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) is specifically designed for international students, with significant professional experience in related fields, who are seeking to gain a fully accredited professional qualification in counselling in the United Kingdom.

Combining academic rigour with high quality professional training, the programme provides unique opportunities for training, learning and research in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. The award of this degree allows graduates to practise as counsellors or therapists in the UK and in other countries with equivalent professional and academic standards.

The programme is founded in dialogue between the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives in counselling. It involves substantial placement practice (internships) with counselling clients.

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


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator, Sue Larsen
+44 (0) 131 651 6671