Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

There are many different types of counselling, each based on their own concepts and orientations. Psychodynamic counselling has been taught at Birkbeck now for over 40 years. Those who laid the foundations for this course had a strong commitment to promoting the value of psychodynamic counselling, which offers a model for understanding the human personality and how it develops; our network of relationships and how we interact with others; how psychological problems may originate and the repetitive patterns that maintain them; and how personal change takes place.

Course Modules

Year 1 compulsory modules: Basic clinical and observational skills; development of professional attitude; introduction to theoretical and organizational concepts. Year 2 compulsory modules: Basic psychodynamic competencies and professional attitude; basic psychodynamic skills and principles/techniques of practice; basic psychodynamic theory and organizational understanding. Year 3 compulsory modules: Advanced psychodynamic competencies and professional attitude; advanced psychodynamic skills and principles/techniques of practice; advanced psychodynamic theory and organizational understanding.

Course Additional Entry

Second Class Honours degree in any subject or an equivalent professional qualification; non'graduates with academic and professional experience will be considered. Work that includes a counselling/psychotherapy component. Prior completion of a counselling/psychotherapy course at Certificate of Higher Education level or equivalent. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,050  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MSc (Postgraduate) £4,975  Academic year. First year home fees