University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue)

The course is specifically designed for international students, with significant professional experience in related fields, who are seeking to gain a fully accredited professional qualification in counselling in the United Kingdom. Combining academic rigour with high quality professional training, the programme provides unique opportunities for training, learning and research in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. The award of this degree allows graduates to practise as counsellors or therapists in the UK and in other countries with equivalent professional and academic standards. The programme is founded in dialogue between the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives in counselling; it involves substantial placement practice (internships) with counselling clients.

Entry requirements

Entrants are required to be both personally and professionally suitable for counselling training and ready to begin counselling practice within 6 months of programme commencement. Applicants are expected to meet one of the following academic requirements: an undergraduate degree equivalent to an upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy; an undergraduate degree equivalent to a good lower 2nd Class Honours degree in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy and references confirming aptitude for study at postgraduate level; or cognate professional qualifications equivalent to an Honours degree; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods combine essays with seminar presentations, self and peer assessments, placement based assessment, the professional portfolio and the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MCoun Full-time £ 15,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MCoun Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Programme Director
Telephone number: 
0131 651 6671