Bangor University

Bangor University


This course aims to prepare you to take an active role as a member of the professional counselling/ psychotherapy community. It explores a range of psychological approaches and therapeutic methods to provide holistic training in counselling. You will learn about the Humanistic approach and Person-Centred therapy, Psychodynamic approach and Psychoanalytic therapy, Behavioural approach and Behaviour therapy, and Cognitive approach and Cognitive therapy. You will also be introduced to several integrative approaches, such as CBT, REBT, and TA. In addition, you will take part in practical activities to develop your communication skills and help you to introduce the therapeutic techniques into your practice. This extensive curriculum will equip you to work with clients across various settings, and provide you with a toolkit of evidence-based techniques and relationship-focused methods. This course will also include a solid foundation in Psychology and Research, so that you will graduate with all of the skills needed to apply for doctorate level study or work in an empirically-based practice.

Entry requirements

MSc: You must have one of the following academic qualifications: 2ii or above undergraduate degree in psychology or counselling (or closely related) subject OR 2ii or above undergraduate degree in unrelated subject AND certificate in counselling OR relevant professional experience AND evidence of academic capability to postgraduate level If the student has English as a second language, then they will also be required to hold an IELTS of 7 and exhibit clear evidence of communication skills through the medium of English in the interview. This is an essential professional requirement. Students will also be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and the acceptance on the course will depend on their fitness to practice with vulnerable adults. All applicants meeting the above requirements will also be interviewed before acceptance on the course. This structured interview is a requirement of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy. This course does accept applications from overseas students (Non-EU) but overseas students should note that they will have to attend Bangor University to take part in interviews which will be held in June - due to the professional requirements of the course it is NOT possible to have Skype type remote interviews. IELTS of at least 7.0 required.

Course modules

During the first year of the course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of psychology, counselling, research, and mental health through the following Core and Compulsory modules: Research Skills; Therapeutic Process and Context; Communication Skills; Approaches and Therapies 1; Research Methods and Statistics; Mental Health and Wellbeing; Counselling Skills; Approaches and Therapies 2. During the second year of the course, you will have a unique opportunity to elect two modules from the wide range of options available in the School of Psychology. These options may include courses in Mindfulness, Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Applied Behaviour Analysis. This additional specialised training will give you an extra advantage as a counselling graduate, and will further equip you with the skills needed to excel in your career.

Assessment methods

A range of teaching methods will be used to provide a challenging and engaging learning environment. You will attend lectures introducing the core theories, be supported through computer labs, watch video demonstrations of counselling in action, participate in workshops simulating counselling and supervision, debate important and controversial issues in the field, and receive regular one-to-one support from your personal tutor. Your assessments on the course will also be varied and diverse, and they will include essays, on-line quizzes, oral exams, presentations, and research reports. You will receive support and guidance for all of these assessments, as we work with you to ensure that every individual has an opportunity to excel. The MSc in Counselling includes an empirical research project in the field of counselling. Our research training will help you to develop these skills and your research thesis will demonstrate that you are able to work as an empirically-based practitioner. Our MSc in Counselling requires that you complete a core counselling placement of 150 supervised face-to-face counselling hours and 50 hours of work based practice. After learning the foundations of ethics, boundaries, and communication skills in the first semester, you will be expected to begin your placement at the start of the second semester in your first year. You will then need to complete all of your hours before graduating from the course in order to gain the MSc in Counselling.

Sponsorship information

The University offers a wide range of scholarships, studentships and bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bangor Campus LL57 2DG Wales

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