University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Psychotherapy and Counselling

The course provides high quality counselling training with a strong research focus and a core model of intersubjectivity; in addition to introducing and critiquing theories of counselling and psychotherapy, the programme incorporates intensive skills training, group supervision, a 2 year personal development group and mandatory personal therapy, and includes specialist input from leaders in the fields of intersubjective and creative approaches to therapy and supervision.

Entry requirements

Normally a degree in any subject, usually a minimum of 2.1 or above; a certificate in counselling or minimum 40 hours counselling skills training for applicants with a relevant professional qualification e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapy; English language at GCSE grade C or equivalent, or IELTS overall score 7; 2 satisfactory references; 1 of which must normally be an academic reference; insight into psychotherapy and counselling, to be assessed via interview; a level of maturity associated with personal reflection on a variety of adult and childhood experiences and developed interpersonal skills, to be assessed via interview; satisfactory police and health clearance; the University of Leeds APL and APEL procedures may apply to exceptional applicants who do not meet the criteria.

Course modules

Core modules: Public policy; health research methods; promoting health; population health: principles and practice; management and leadership. Optional modules: Epidemiology; commissioning; health economics; health protection, international health and advanced research methods.

Assessment methods

Assessment is typically by coursework, submitted approximately 6 weeks following the end of the module and/or examinations which take place during the University's designated examination periods.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
MA Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

School of Healthcare Admissions
Telephone number: 
0113 343 1349