Taught course

Counselling & Psychotherapy

University of Stirling · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Students will have completed a recognised Certificate in Counselling Skills (one-year course). They will also have an additional qualification or appropriate and extensive relevant experience in the helping professions.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc provides advanced study in professional counselling which has been accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. It is designed to suit the adult learner who has commitments during the week making weekly attendance difficult: for that reason most of the course takes place at weekends or week-long blocks over three years. It benefits from being largely residential allowing regular periods of intense and focused work. As part of the diploma students will be required to do 150 placement hours over the two years.

The course provides the opportunity, environment, resources and support for students to undertake accredited training in professional counselling. There is a primary focus on the central concepts and theories of the person-centred approach in counselling and this then extends to include other theories of human growth and development and their related therapeutic approaches, models of psychopathology and related mental health issues.

It provides a structure within which students consider their own internal processes, reactions, thoughts and feelings in support of their development as reflective as well as evidence-based practitioners. The course also supports the development of student's competence in their clinical practice by focusing on the integration of:

  • counselling skills
  • underpinning knowledge of therapeutic processes
  • personal reflectiveness and understanding of intra-psychic and interpersonal processes

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Lynne Tierney
+44 (0) 3302 020283