University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Counselling and Psychotherapy

The course is designed to suit the adult learner who has commitments during the week making weekly attendance difficult: for that reason most of the course takes place at weekends or week-long blocks over three years. It benefits from being largely residential allowing regular periods of intense and focused work. As part of the diploma students will be required to do 150 placement hours over the two years. There is a primary focus on the central concepts and theories of the person-centred approach in counselling and this then extends to include other theories of human growth and development and their related therapeutic approaches, models of psychopathology and related mental health issues. It provides a structure within which students consider their own internal processes, reactions, thoughts and feelings in support of their development as reflective as well as evidence-based practitioners. The course also supports the development of student's competence in their clinical practice by focusing on the integration of: counselling skills; underpinning knowledge of therapeutic processes; personal reflectiveness and understanding of intra-psychic and interpersonal processes.

Entry requirements

Students will have completed a recognised Certificate in Counselling Skills (one-year course). They will also have an additional qualification or appropriate and extensive relevant experience in the helping professions.

Course modules

Modules: the theory and practice of therapeutic change; personality theory, psychological wellbeing and psychopathology; the reflective practitioner and evidenced-based practice: the associated clinical and research issues; difference, diversity and integration in therapeutic provision; clinical competence and practice development; reflective practice and processing; psychotherapeutic integration and depression; researching psychotherapy and counselling.

Assessment methods

Each module requires the submission of at least one written assignment. Students are also required to submit a minimum of four recordings of client sessions. Assignments vary in length from 2,000�5,000 words. There is also one collaborative presentation required by students within their study groups.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

Key information

Course Administrator
Telephone number: 
03302 020283