University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Counselling

The MA Counselling course has been running since 1993 and is suitable if students are working as a counsellor, in a paid or voluntary capacity, or in other helping professions (eg teaching, nursing, social work, the prison service) and do counselling as part of your role. The humanistic approach assumes that given the right conditions, students become more aware and in touch with their inner wisdom. Students learn, for example, to discriminate between what is healthy and what is damaging for them. With enhanced awareness and acceptance students become more fluid and flexible in their responses to others and are able to make decisions based on self-knowledge and consideration of choices rather than on habit or people pleasing. Our course tutors strive to create a safe and secure teaching and learning environment in which students feel able to be themselves and to learn through and from participation in experiential activities designed to develop awareness of self and understanding of self in relationship with others. The theory is taught in context, with issues arising in the �here and now� within the group. The MA Counselling has 2 routes of entry and study: practice route (applicable if students have previous qualifications in counselling and at least 100 hours experience of supervised counselling practice, and wish to gain a Master's level qualification in counselling). Studnets normally are working as a counsellor, whether paid or in a voluntary capacity. Students are working towards, or have achieved professional accreditation prior to commencing the course. The Master's programme offers students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of counselling theory and practice and values their professional practice commitments; studies route (applicable if students work in the helping professions (eg teaching, nursing, social work, youth work, prison service) with counselling as part of their role, but students do not necessarily wish to become a full-time counselling professional). However, students recognise that by enhancing thier knowledge of counselling theory and practice, they could attend to their own personal growth needs, find their work more rewarding and offer their �clients� a more effective service. The MA Counselling can provide British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or United Kingdom Council for Psycotherapy (UKCP) accreditation.

Entry requirements

For the MA Counselling applicants would normally be expected to hold an Honours degree at 2:2 level or above, or its international equivalent. If applicants are applying for the practice route, they would also be expected to: hold a counselling qualification at level 3 (NQF or equivalent); have evidence of 100 hours (minimum) supervised clinical; practice or hold a counselling qualification at level 4 (NQF or equivalent); have evidence of 2 years' post qualification clinical experience; submit an essay of approximately 3,000 words to demonstrate; suitability for postgraduate study. If applying for the studies route, applicants would also be expected to: have 1 year's experience in a helping role (or the equivalent intensive experience e.g. an internship); or have evidence of professional training equivalent to Level 4 (NQF or equivalent); have 2 years' experience in a helping role to be evidenced via portfolio; submit an essay of approximately 3,000 words to demonstrate suitability for postgraduate study. Applicants with qualifications other than a 1st degree who have an approved professional qualification, or those with non-standard applications, are considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

All modules in each route are compulsory and entry onto each module is dependent on the completion of the 2 modules in the previous semester. Practice route modules: personal and interpersonal development; individual and group counselling; supervised counselling placement; therapeutic models; dissertation. Studies route modules: personal and interpersonal development; individual and group counselling; therapeutic models; theory and research in counselling; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Unless otherwise stated, each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 5,000-6,000 words on a theme of the student's choice, negotiated with the course tutor, and related to the module aims. Each assignment is graded numerically. To complete the Master's programme successfully, a Pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment. A requirement for the written assignment for the Individual and Group Counselling module is the inclusion of an unreferenced report on the student's learning from the group process element of the module as well as the essay that forms the main element of the assessment. For the Therapeutic Models module, the assessment is composed of a personal philosophy of counselling element and a 30-minute edited video tape of your counselling with a peer, accompanied by a critical analysis. Please note that this may form some of the source material for subsequent application to BACP for individual accreditation. The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of 8,000-10,000 words (or equivalent) on the practice route and 12,000-15,000 words (or equivalent) on the applied route, on an approved topic.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,380 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 4,680 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 12,830 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 4,680 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Jubilee Campus Nottingham NG8 1BB East Midlands

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