Taught course

Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies

University of Salford · School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Entry requirements

Normally 2:2 Hons degree or equivalent. Evidence of professional membership (BACP/UKCP or equivalent) and currently in practice as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

Year 2 - Entry with credits degree and evidence of professional membership, currently in practice as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and: Either: Up to 60 credits of M-Level modules that are related to Counselling/Psychotherapy Or being an accredited member of professional body and currently in practice.

Year 3 - Msc entry PGDip in Counselling, evidence of current professional membership, currently in practice as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

If you do not hold these entry requirements, you may be interested in applying for our BSc Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professional Practice programme.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Suitable For: You will be a practising Counsellor and/or Psychotherapist, with professional membership. You will be motivated to study Counselling and Psychotherapy at an advanced level, and to deepen your knowledge and critical thinking skills. You may have aspirations to influence policy-making, commissioning and service delivery as well as to strengthen your own practice.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions. You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

3 good reasons to study Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies at Salford

  • Gain advanced skills in ciritcal evaluation for completx psychotherapeutic situations
  • Benefit from up-to-date thinking from experts in theory, practice, and research
  • Conduct publishable research that creates real impact

Course Summary

This course will enable you to:

  • Gain an advanced expertise in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Become a practitioner who is capable of working effectively with a wide range of clients, together with a range of psychological problems of varying degrees of severity
  • Become a practitioner who is capable of making autonomous professional decisions in complex circumstances
  • Become a practitioner who has a critical understanding of the theoretical knowledge which underpins practice and has the ability to critically appraise research evidence

Information for international students

English Language Requirements: International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Service
+44 (0)161 295 4545