Taught course

Psychotherapy and Counselling

University of Leeds · School of Healthcare

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject.

A level of counselling skills consistent with beginning professional training and insight into psychotherapy and counselling, to be assessed at interview.

English Language at GCSE grade C or equivalent, or IELTS overall score 7.

Two satisfactory references, one of which must normally be an academic reference.

A level of maturity associated with personal reflection on a variety of adult and childhood experiences and developed interpersonal skills, to be assessed at interview.

Satisfactory police clearance.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling provides high quality BACP-accredited training, with a strong research focus. It offers an opportunity to critically and creatively evaluate current theory and practice issues. You’ll benefit from the knowledge of experienced counsellors and psychotherapists, with senior levels of registration.

Over the first two years you study nine modules: four theory and four concerned with development as a reflective practitioner, plus research methods. In the third year, you have the opportunity to undertake small-scale research.

You are encouraged to develop as an independent learner and scholar. Teaching approaches emphasise reflection and reflexivity and encourage you to bring personal and professional experience into discussion as a source of critical wisdom alongside wide reading.

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers within the region, many of whom are closely associated with the course as practice providers or supervisors. Many of our graduates have gone on to hold positions of responsibility as counsellors or psychotherapists within the NHS and voluntary bodies, and some have returned to us to undertake PhD research or teaching.

Information for international students

This programme is not open to international students as it does not meet the tier 4 study visa requirement.

Fees and funding

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

There are additional costs for supervision (minimum 18 hours) and personal therapy (minimum 70 hours) payable directly to the practitioners concerned. Fees may vary from approximately £40-60 per hour. Students are required to become student members of BACP (currently £76 per year) and to take out professional liability insurance for their practice, the cost of which depends on the amount insured

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    The MA Psychotherapy and Counselling has received British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited course status which, on successful completion, will allow you to be added to their voluntary assured register of practitioners.

Course contact details

0113 343 1349