Taught course

Psychotherapy and Counselling

University of Warwick · Centre for Lifelong Learning

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 (BA/BSc Honours or equivalent) in psychology, social sciences, arts-related subject; basic counselling skills training and evidence of experience, of forming and sustaining helping relationships (either employed or voluntary).

Where appropriate, applicants with significant relevant study and professional and personal development qualifications and experience which does not equate to 2:1 level, will be considered on a case by case basis.

Demonstration of personal and practical readiness to train as a practising psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor.


3 years part-time (plus up to two years on a post-master's accreditation programme for registration as a psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor).

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band A
  • Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 and component scores.

Months of entry


Course content

The course will provide an in-depth clinical training which integrates theory and best practice from a suitable range of psychotherapeutic and counselling approaches, framed distinctively by a holistic view of the self and human experience. The course will include a supervised clinical placement which requires a minimum of 100 hours of therapeutic client work during the master’s programme towards the overall clinical 450 hours required for UKCP registration, as well as a balance of teaching and learning in theory, professional knowledge and individual development.

Upon successful completion of this programme, trainees will be eligible for United Kingdom Council for psychotherapy (UKCP) registration as a psychotherapist (or psychotherapeutic counsellor) through the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA).

Skills from this degree

  • Use a range of meaningful and effective integrative approaches to develop relational skills for application to therapeutic practice
  • Address a broad range of client need including more complex and severe mental health difficulties
  • Apply a high level of relevant academic and professional knowledge to a range of settings, which provide counselling, psychotherapy and mental health services
  • Utilise personal development opportunities to enhance interpersonal skills
  • Acquire research skills and knowledge which are relevant to the counselling and psychotherapy field, and which can inform and enhance evidence-based practice

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Part-time: 3 years (with a 1-2 year(s) post master’s accreditation programme)

Course contact details

Centre for Lifelong Learning
+44 (0)24 7652 4617