Regent's University London

Regent's University London

Psychotherapy & Counselling

The MA Psychotherapy & Counselling provides an intermediate pre-professional training, and includes taught, clinical, experiential and self-directed components.

Upon completion you will be able to go on to the final stage of training that leads to eligibility for UKCP membership as an integrative or existential psychotherapist.

Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any discipline* as well as a Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling of a minimum of 120 hours**.

We also require at least six months’ professional experience in an allied area (such as nursing, social work, teaching, human resources or mediation) or in a voluntary capacity in a helping or supportive context (such as befriending, mentoring or telephone helpline counselling).

You will need to demonstrate sufficient maturity and life experience to be capable of undertaking clinical training. Experience of personal therapy is desirable, but not required.

Please note: you will be expected to attend an interview before an unconditional offer can be made.

*If you have not completed an undergraduate degree you must have at least two years’ experience of working professionally in an allied area or in a voluntary capacity.
**It is desirable to have completed RUL’s Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling.

Course modules

The MA is a part-time programme. The taught components of the programme extend over two academic years, followed by time to write your dissertation.

The dissertation is normally completed in the third academic year of study. In exceptional and extenuating circumstances this period may be extended, but the dissertation must be completed within a maximum of three additional years.

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous. It is based on:

  • Student presentations
  • Essays – One academic theory essay per term. One Reflexive Skills essay each term in the first year only
  • Participation in discussions in academic seminars, skills training sessions and training supervision and the completion of a ‘Participation form’ each term.
  • Participation and reflection on learning within the personal and professional development group (PPD group) at the end of each course day. Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate self-evaluation and self-reflection including acknowledging their level of participation in group work as part of the Reflexive Skills essays in year 1. In year 2, reflection on learning relevant to personal and professional development is included in the clinical process reports and case study.
  • In Year 2, two clinical process reports and a case study as well as clinical placement feedback are required.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Regent's University London London NW1 4NS London

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