London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

The principle aims and achievements of the course are to produce graduates who are: Competent, informed, reflective, ethical and professionally sound practitioners of counselling psychology who are able to work in a range of settings and are committed to their own on'going personal and professional development; able to understand, develop and apply models of advanced psychological inquiry and research that enable the creation of new knowledge and which recognise the complex nature of human experience and relationships; able to adopt a questioning and evaluative approach to the philosophy, practice, research and theory that constitutes counselling psychology and aware of the wider social, cultural and political domains within which counselling psychology operates; in possession of a set of skills and competencies that are transferable to a wide variety of professional contexts and which enhance employability; able to demonstrate the range of counselling psychology competencies needed to be eligible to apply for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Course Modules

Year 1 (MSc) modules include: Psychological knowledge and models of therapy; therapeutic and reflective skills; professional and ethical issues; working with difference and diversity; counselling psychology practice and development; advanced research design and analysis for psychology; research project and critical skills. Year 2 and 3 (DProf) modules include: Advanced psychological theory and practice 1; advanced psychological theory and practice 2; advanced psychological research.

Course Additional Entry

Successful applicants must demonstrate the following attributes: Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society; usually a minimum of an upper 2nd Class Honours degree in psychology (2.1); practical experience of using counselling skills in an emotionally demanding helping role gained over at least one year prior to application, and ideally some training in counselling skills; a level of professional and theoretical understanding adequate to support work in practice placements with vulnerable clients from the beginning of the programme; evidence of personal maturity, self'awareness and reflective capacity; a clear and appropriate rationale for wanting to train as a counselling psychologist; evidence of a realistic appreciation of and capacity to undertake professional training and research at postgraduate level; research interests relevant to the field of counselling psychology and an ability to think about how these could be developed into a viable research project (applicants for the doctoral programme must submit a short draft research proposal); proficiency in reading, writing and spoken English of a standard necessary to support academic study and professional practice at advanced postgraduate level in the UK (applicants for whom English is not a first language and who have not obtained their previous qualifications in the UK must possess an English language qualification demonstrating proficiency of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum of 7 with no element below 6.5 or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) IBT minimum of 110 with a minimum of 26 in reading and a minimum of 28 in writing, speaking and reading)

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
DProf £11,700  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
DProf £7,965  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Part Time
DProf £885  Credit module. First year home fees