Advance your knowledge and skills in theory, research, and practice at the cutting edge of psychotherapy and counselling .
An undergraduate degree (2:1 classification indicative) or postgraduate degree in a relevant area
Where the undergraduate degree has not included counselling training, a counselling qualification to Level 4 minimum will usually be required.
An interview is required.
International students will be expected to meet the English language requirements of IELTS 6.5 in each category (or equivalent).
UCAS code Apply direct to Marjon
UCAS institution code P63
Duration 1 Year Full-Time or 2 Years Part-Time
Contact Rachel Bailey-Lewis, our Student Recruitment Officer (Postgraduate).
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, working with young people, 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?
What are the considerations and skills for counselling young people?
How can my own research answer questions currently unanswered in psychotherapy and counselling?
This course aims to upskill those who are already trained in counselling and/or psychotherapy, to further develop your skills and knowledge for your existing practice.
The transferrable nature of counselling and psychotherapy theory and practice means that you might also use your advanced skills and knowledge in other helping professions.
The consistent research focus of the course also supports students who wish to go on to complete a PhD or professional doctorate.
Please note: This course does not qualify you become a counsellor/psychotherapist. Those who wish to become a qualified practitioner should explore our MPsy Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Students are taught using a combination of lectures, seminars, practical work, group work, and independent study, with the goal of developing a range of skills and knowledge through an engaging learning experience. You will also be taught using experiential and skills-based activities, such as triad practice, drawing upon your existing counselling training, and in accordance with a counselling/psychotherapy ethical framework (e.g., BACP, NCS, BPS etc.)
Similarly varied, using a combination of coursework, group work, presentations, and practical work.
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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.
Fees UK students: £6,750 per annum
Fees for International students: £13,000 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
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 is available or you may opt to pay for private personal therapy.
Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.Learn more
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