Train and study to become a skilled, safe, evidence-based, and reflective psychotherapist and counsellor through this four-year degree that integrates undergraduate and master’s level study.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above
Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
UCAS points 96
UCAS code PSC2
Duration Four years full-time or up to eight years part-time
MPsy Psychotherapy and Counselling is a four-year training route for applicants who wish to become a practising psychotherapist or counsellor. We educate in the theory, research, and practice of psychotherapy and counselling, complementing professional training in psychotherapy and counselling with the academic rigour of a degree. The degree is an integrated master's degree, which means that a three year undergraduate degree is combined with a final master's year, leading to a master's level qualification.
There are a variety of approaches to psychotherapy and counselling that are based on different theoretical perspectives of behaviour change. The degree covers a variety of these theoretical perspectives - person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, existential, strengths-based - focusing on one perspective in depth in the final year.
In terms of research, psychotherapy and counselling is an evidence-based profession. Teaching is evidence-based, and students learn how to interpret, critique, and apply research. They also learn how to conduct research in the context of psychotherapy and counselling. In terms of practice, students learn, practice, and develop the skills they need to become competent, ethical, reflective, self-aware, and effective as psychotherapists and counsellors. They learn about the roles of psychotherapists and counsellors in a variety of professional settings, and develop the underpinning knowledge, understanding, and skills required for these roles.
Subject to passing a ‘Readiness to Practice’ assessment, students also complete 100 placement hours that involve providing supervised counselling to clients; the 100 placement hours enable graduates to apply to the registered bodies for counsellors.
Those interested in applying are also encouraged to look at our three-year BSc (Hons) Counselling for the Helping Professions.
Learn from experienced and highly skilled professionals in psychotherapy and counselling.
Combine comprehensive training in counselling with the academic rigour of a degree, including master's level engagement with current topics.
The strong practical focus means that you will develop core skills from the start of the course and will complete real-life counselling placements.
Small class sizes, typically 20 – 30 students, enable teaching and feedback to be personalised to the needs and career aspirations of students.
Develop a rich understanding of theory and research that will underpin your counselling.
Become a self-aware, reflective, critical-thinker who is well prepared for the workplace and a lifelong learner.
How do psychotherapists and counsellors approach their work?
How do theoretical approaches to psychotherapy and counselling align with my own beliefs and values? How does theory enable me to become an effective professional?
How do researchers approach the process of researching counselling? And how can research improve my counselling?
What makes counselling effective for some people, but not for others?
How does my own personal development, personal awareness, and insight support my effectiveness as a professional?
Are some counselling approaches more effective, or do common factors such as the quality of the relationship make the difference?
This course prepares you to become a psychotherapist or counsellor. You might also use your skills in other helping professions, such as through becoming a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
Teaching includes lectures, seminars, practical skills work, group work, and independent study, with the goal of developing a range of skills through an engaging learning experience.
Assessment spans coursework, group work, presentations, and practical work.
Alister is a registered Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC) who teaches psychology and its applications to counselling, sport, exercise, and health. He is passionate about teaching psychology and counselling in an evidence-based way so that your practice is based on the latest research and is ethical, informed, and effective.View full profile
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
Our counselling degrees attract students who have work, family, and caring responsibilites outside of university. To support our students, we set a fixed timetable where you are on campus for teaching on Mondays and Tuesdays in Years 1 and 2, on Thursdays in Year 3, and on Wednesdays in Year 4.
You'll also complete one to two days per reading, studying, and assessment, working flexibly in your own time around your other commitments. Our mature students speak very highly of this timetabling model. As counselling is a practical, skills-based profession, most of our teaching needs in-person attendance.
Main campus at Plymouth Marjon University
Lucy has clinical experience is in supporting students within Higher Education as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, a Specialist Mental Health Mentor, and in other Student Support and Welfare roles. She has worked in a variety of mental health charities and services as a counsellor or service manager. Her research focus is student mental health spanning measures perfectionism, anxiety, worry, resilience, wellbeing and social media use in students.
Juliana is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and currently works in private practice alongside this lecturing role.
Lecturer in PsychologyView profile