University of Worcester

University of Worcester


This course has been designed to provide continuing professional development for counsellors or people who use counselling skills as part of their professional role; the course is also suitable for those who wish to orientate their future work to counselling as a profession, and incorporates the national occupational standards (NOS) for counselling; the course develops students critical understanding of the theory and practice associated with an integrative model of counselling, and of the interrelationship and contested nature of knowledge, theory, and practice within counselling and psychotherapy; the course also provides the opportunity to design and conduct a substantive study using an appropriate research methodology and associated research methods.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.2 and above) preferably in an associated subject or equivalent professional qualifications; a recognised diploma in counselling or psychotherapy following either a humanistic or psychodynamic orientation, or equivalent professional practice; a counselling placement or present work within a counselling context; international students for whom English is not their first language are required to achieve IELTS 6.5 or equivalency.

Course modules

Modules include: theory for practice (towards an integrative approach); the psychology of mental health; the professional, political and social context of counselling and psychotherapeutic practice; advanced theory for practice (an integrative approach); managing the therapeutic relationship and change; advanced research analysis; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Learning is structured around a range of teaching methods including group seminars, lead lectures, individual tutorials and online resources.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,900 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 545 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
St John's Campus Worcester WR2 6AJ West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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01905 855111