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Counselling MSc

Key features of this course:

  • Develop your knowledge of the main psychological approaches used in therapeutic counselling
  • Option of studying: Early Interventions in Dementia Care
  • Explore and research topics of interest to you with supportive staff
  • Study and reflect on current developments and debates in psychological care
  • Add depth to your critical abilities and research confidence
  • Available as a full-time (one year) or part-time (up to six years) course

The course is open to those who have particular interest in counselling, for further development with a view to professional training in counselling or clinical psychology. The course is also pertinent to those working in Health and Social Care, including those with an interest in dementia care, wishing to extend their knowledge and research base in psychological approaches to care and psychological function.

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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 Honours degree in Psychology. Other qualifications, together with appropriate experience, or substantial related experience alone, will be considered. 

International students must hold a qualification equivalent to a UK first or second class hours degree.

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered. For more information please click here.

The University of Worcester is committed to widening participation to candidates from diverse backgrounds, abilities and ages. The programme is open to those already in counselling practice and to those with the appropriate background who wish to pursue a career in counselling.

Study options

This course of study is currently offered on both a full-time (one year) and a part-time (up to six years) basis.

The programme is taught in blocks, with each module being two blocks of two days (Friday and Saturday). The days are organized into blocks of different learning activities, e.g. presentation/facilitation by the tutor, practical exercises (individual and/or group task), discussion and reflection. Importantly, between the blocks the students are supported with additional reading, provided in the form of primary source articles, book chapters and practitioner journal articles.

The programme has an 80% attendance requirement.

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Admissions Office
01905 855111

Peter Forster
Course Leader

Course content

Sample Modules

Theory for Practice: Towards an Integrative Approach (20 credits)
The ideas underlying an integrative approach to counselling practice

The Psychology of Mental Health (20 credits)
What do we mean by mental health and what do counsellors need to know about mental disorders?

Advanced Research Analysis (20 credits)
Understanding the research that supports counselling practice

Development in Therapeutic Interventions (20 credits)

Managing the Therapeutic Relationship and Change (20 credits)
What part does the relationship between counsellor and client play in therapeutic change?

Optional Modules

Early Interventions in Dementia Care
Caring for those with dementia

Professional, Political and Social Context of Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Practice (20 credits)
The influence of contextual factors on counselling practice and therapeutic outcomes

Intermediate awards

Two intermediate awards, the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies and the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, are available should you be unable to commit the time required to gain the Masters award. 

The PG Certificate requires successful completion of three modules and the Diploma requires successful completion of six modules.


Learning will be structured around a range of teaching methods including group seminars, lead lectures, individual tutorials and online resources. The modules offer different kinds of assessment such as essays, case studies, practical skills work, research analysis, research reports, data analysis, seminar papers and presentations.

A 15-20,000 word Independent Research Project is required for the MSc award.  



The course prepares individuals to work in a range of counselling occupations and contexts across the statutory, private and voluntary sectors.

The incorporation of the NOS in Counselling within the programme will provide students with the opportunity to work towards and to apply for professional registration.

How to apply

How to Apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

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