Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

LJMU's Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice MA develops practitioner researchers and offers the equivalent components of a PgDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy. - Qualify as a Counselling and Psychotherapy Practitioner on this flexible Masters programme with a two year clinical Diploma-level component - Enjoy a contemporary curriculum delivered by a research centre of excellence - Study a core model of person-centred and experiential practice, integrating other specific approaches - Carry out novel research in your chosen field - Benefit from excellent educational and professional training facilities, exceptionally supportive staff and a thriving student community This three year, level 7 programme enables you to qualify as a Counselling and Psychotherapy Practitioner at Diploma level in the first two years and then progress to the final research year to complete the MA and become an active Research Practitioner, contributing to the field.

Entry requirements

MA: You will need: an honours degree in health and social care, nursing, psychology or a related discipline a counselling skills level 2 award or basic counselling skills gained through relevant work or experience Additional information: RPL is accepted on this programme IELTS 6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component) Pearson 58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes) If you have any specific queries, please contact Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC. View country specific entry requirements: Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team ( for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages:

Course modules

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning. Core Modules Client Centred Theory (20 credits) Counselling Competency (20 credits) Personal Development: Self and Society (10 credits) Ethical Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (10 credits) Theory of Counselling and Psychotherapy (20 credits) Developing Expertise (20 credits) Personal Development: Self in Relationship (10 credits) Ethical Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy (10 credits) Independent Research & Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic. A variety of assessment methods are used, although emphasis is placed on face-to-face contact due to the importance of communication skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Each module in the first two years is assessed through coursework. You are encouraged to learn with and from each other as part of a community of learners. Peer assessment is a key feature of the course. The final MA year involves four days of study followed by a research project to produce a dissertation, supported by tutorials and other forums.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2019 38 per Credit (England) 3 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 38 per Credit (EU) 3 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 38 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 3 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 38 per Credit (Scotland) 3 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 38 per Credit (Wales) 3 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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