University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Person-Centred Counselling

The overall aim of the programme is to offer a sufficiently safe, supportive and challenging learning environment that will enable students to develop and demonstrate those personal qualities and professional skills deemed necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person-centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. A significant aim of the course is to support and encourage the development of 'reflective practitioners�, able to offer and use constructive feedback. Throughout the programme peer feedback and self-assessment will be encouraged and course members together with tutors and supervisors will be involved in the various assessment processes. Through the process of self, peer, and tutor assessments, the programme members will have the opportunity to realise and understand the impact of their personal power and responsibility in the process of becoming recognised as professional counsellors.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be graduates or able to provide evidence that they can work at postgraduate level. They must have previous relevant counselling experience and/or introductory skills level training and be able to undertake counselling practice in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency. English proficiency is required.

Course modules

The programme comprises 4 courses: Foundations of person-centred counselling; therapeutic process in person-centred counselling; development of professional counselling practice; reflexivity and professional enquiry.

Assessment methods

The contexts for continuous self-appraisal are provided through the participation in personal development groups, observed practice sessions, supervision and study groups, as well as through the discussion of tutors� and peers� feedback on written assignments and group presentations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time £ 720 per Credit module (home fees) 24 months
PgDip Part-time £ 720 per Credit module (overseas fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 720 per Credit module (home fees) 36 months
MSc Part-time £ 720 per Credit module (overseas fees) 36 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Office, School of Education
Telephone number: 
01224 274673