Advance your knowledge, understanding, and skill in the theory, research, and practice of psychotherapy and counselling by engaging with the cutting edge of the discipline.
An undergraduate degree (usually 2:1 or above) or postgraduate degree in a relevant area (e.g. counselling and psychotherapy, psychology,
Or a postgraduate degree in a relevant area e.g. counselling and psychotherapy, psychology, youth and community work, nursing, social work.
Or a counselling qualification to level 4 minimum.
An interview is required.
International students will be expected to meet the English language requirements of IELTS 6.5
UCAS code Apply direct to Marjon
Duration One year full-time or up to two years part-time
MSc Advanced Psychotherapy and Counselling Studies offers psychotherapists and counsellors the opportunity to advance their knowledge, understanding, and skill in the theory, research, and practice of psychotherapy and counselling by engaging with the cutting edge of the discipline.
Students engage with advanced philosophical, psychological, and counselling theory underpinning practice, and they engage with contemporary research to support evidence-based practice. They also engage with advanced skills practice relating to relational depth and working with difference and diversity such as through engaging with gender, race, and sexual orientation considerations.
As professional development, the programme aims to support students in upskilling and advancing their knowledge, understanding, intellectual skills, and practical skills, and therefore improve the quality of their practice. Further, the consistent research focus throughout the programme will support students in preparing for postgraduate research opportunities such as a PhD.
Visit the "cutting edge" of psychotherapy, counselling, and psychology.
Learn from experienced and highly skilled psychotherapists.
Complement practical training with study of the underpinning theory and research.
Small class sizes enable teaching and feedback to be personalised to the needs and career aspirations of students.
Study the newest theory and research that can support high quality counselling practice.
Become a evidence-based critical-thinker who is well prepared for the workplace and a lifelong learner.
What's the newest research on psychotherapy and counselling, and how can it improve my practice?
What does Psychology offer those working in counselling and other helping professions?
How can I build relational depth with my clients?
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?
How can my own research answer questions currently unanswered in psychotherapy and counselling?
MSc Advanced Psychotherapy and Counselling Studies is designed for people who have a relevant degree, counselling training, or an interest in learning more about psychotherapy and counselling.
It prepares you to become psychotherapist or counsellor. The transferable nature of counselling training means that you might also use your skills in other helping professions. Or you go on to complete a PhD or professional doctorate in psychotherapy and counselling.
Students are taught using a combination of lectures, seminars, practical skills work, group work, and independent study, with the goal of developing a range of skills through an engaging learning experience.
Similarly varied, using a combination of 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: £6,500 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
This degree is likely to impact upon you at a personal level. There is an ethical duty to aspire to be psychologically self-aware. A free counselling service available or you may opt to pay for private personal therapy.
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 Wednesdays and Thursdays.
You might then complete two to three days (or part-time equivalent) of reading, studying, and assessment work 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