Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy

There are many different types of counselling, each based on their own concepts and orientations. Psychodynamic counselling has been taught at Birkbeck now for over 40 years. Those who laid the foundations for this course had a strong commitment to promoting the value of psychodynamic counselling, which offers a model for understanding the human personality and how it develops; our network of relationships and how we interact with others; how psychological problems may originate and the repetitive patterns that maintain them; and how personal change takes place.

Entry requirements

MSc: Second Class Honours degree in any subject or an equivalent professional qualification; non-graduates with academic and professional experience will be considered. Work that includes a counselling/psychotherapy component. Prior completion of a counselling/psychotherapy course at Certificate of Higher Education level or equivalent. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Year 1: 2 theoretical essays (total 5500 words), take-away examination (3000 words), student review (assessment of professional development). Year 2: 2 theoretical essays (total 5500 words), case study (5000 words), student review. Year 3: 2 theoretical/clinical essays (total 10,000 words), case study (5000 words), student review.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time October 2018 7,975 per Year 1 (International) 3 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 5,225 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 3 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,225 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 3 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 7,975 per Year 1 (International) 3 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Psychosocial Studies
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