Taught course


University of Northampton · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally have a first or second class bachelors' degree and be prepared to carry out a placement where they will be working with clients. Therefore, individuals on this course will need a high level of critical self-awareness and a willingness to reflect on their own process. Voluntary or professional experience of support work with adults is desirable, but not essential. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 7 minimum all categories (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Our Counselling MSc course provides you with a level of knowledge and skills in counselling which will allow you to develop as counsellors, and once you have gained further experience and client hours you will be able to pursue a range of professional opportunities. If you have a first degree in Psychology that is Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) accredited your postgraduate training opportunities will include doctoral training on British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses in Counselling Psychology.

The course will also provide you with a range of skills that will be highly relevant to you if you are wishing to undertake further training in a range of related careers and specialisms. In addition to careers options, the degree will provide you with a range of communication skills and personal development skills that will be highly valued in a range of organisations and situations. Most of all, this course enables you to feel that you belong to a process of development that is enriching and supportive.

This course allows you to examine different counselling theories and issues within a variety of contexts and situations. Course modules will concentrate upon developing your skills and therapeutic competencies within organisational settings. Importantly, the course offers you the opportunity to maximise your self-awareness and reflect on your process and as well as the way that others practice. The placement module allows you to take your competencies to organisations to work with clients.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present-day professional practice as well as building your ability to make evidence-based decisions. Current issues within counselling and therapy will be considered critically with particular emphasis on their relationship to client practice.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part Time: Year 1 £3,645 (90 Credits) / Year 2 £3,645* (90 Credits)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1604 735500