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What makes Counselling MSc at Worcester special?

If you're passionate about therapeutic care, our MSc Counselling programme will bring you a step closer to a career in counselling or clinical psychology. You will strengthen your theoretical knowledge, debate issues and hone your research skills, all of which you can apply to your career in healthcare. 

You can tailor your course to your preferences by choosing from a number of pathways. You also have the option to study part-time, providing you with a flexible degree that can fit alongside your busy life. After you've completed the course, you'll be able to register for professional training or further study. Whatever your career interests may be, we will support you to become a confident and experienced counselling practitioner.

Please note: on Thursday 12 April, 5.15 - 7.15pm, we will be holding a short event for those interested in the course to come along and meet the team. Please email to book a place.

Key features

  • Available as a full-time (one year) or part-time (up to six years) course
  • The opportunity to complete Intermediate Counselling Awards, providing flexibility for our students
  • A combination of teaching methods including group seminars, lead lectures, individual tutorials and online resources
  • Benefit from interactive Skype sessions with worldwide leading experts, as well as staff with extensive experience in a range of counselling settings

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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 honours 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 view our International English Language Qualifications document.

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.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.


Core 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?

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

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

Your tutors will teach each module in two blocks of two days (Friday and Saturday). The days involve engaging with different learning activities, such as lectures, practical tasks (individual and/or group), discussion and reflection.

Between teaching blocks, we will support you with additional reading, such as primary source articles, book chapters and journal articles. We offer this course on both a full-time (one-year) and a part-time (up to six years) basis.


The modules offer different kinds of assessment, including essays, case studies, practical skills work, data analysis, research reports, seminar papers and presentations. A 15-20,000 word Independent Research Project is required for the MSc award.

Please note: This programme has an 80% attendance requirement in order to be completed successfully.

Intermediate awards

Two intermediate awards are available if you are unable to commit the time required to gain the Masters award:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies (successful completion of three modules)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (successful completion of six modules)


Where could it take you?


Our programme will prepare you for a range of counselling occupations across the statutory, private and voluntary sectors.

You can also progress to further study, providing a strong platform for a Clinical or Counselling Doctorate.

The NOS in Counselling is built into the course, enabling you to apply for professional registration.      

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    For more information, please read the full University News article.

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    Professor Calls for More Research into Domestic Violence Programmes

    Thursday, 26 January 2017

    Programmes to tackle domestic violence in England and Wales are too varied with little evidence that they work, says a leading academic. 

    Professor Erica Bowen, of the University of Worcester, said there was almost no evidence or research available to support the use of many interventions and has called for a change in the system.

    “Most local authorities will have programmes to try and deal with domestic abuse, and that is fantastic,” she said. “But the problem is that there are many different programmes operating across the UK and most have never been fully evaluated to see if they actually have any impact on reducing domestic abuse.”

    For more information, please read the full University News article.

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    Monday, 23 January 2017

    Following a request for information from BBC Hereford and Worcester, the University of Worcester is happy to confirm that it is engaging in preliminary discussions with partners about the possibility of creating a Medical School in Worcester.

    For many years, the University has been very well known nationally and internationally for the outstanding quality of its education in Nursing and Midwifery. Worcester is currently the only English university to have been shortlisted 5 years consecutively as nurse education provider of the year. The University also has a very strong suite of postgraduate professional courses in such vital areas as the examination of the newborn and non-medical prescribing. In recent years the University has invested successfully in creating excellent courses in para-medicine, psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and sports therapy.

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    For more information, please read the full University News article.


How much will it cost?

Course fees

For up-to-date course fee information visit the postgraduate section of our course fees page.

Postgraduate Loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.


How do you apply?

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

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course Leader

Helen Nicholas
01905 85 5470