University of East London

Course Introduction

This MA Counselling and Psychotherapy top-up course is aimed at students who have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy or equivalent professional training. You can also use it to build on previous counselling and therapy qualifications or training, or for an MA degree through independent research. Students take an independent study approach, supported by individual academic supervision and workshops on research methodology. The final award is an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, with advanced standing of 120 credits for previous qualifications or training. The final award is an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, with advanced standing of 120 credits for previous qualifications or training. We follow current research into what actually works in counselling and psychotherapy, which means we use an integrative approach, employing a variety of techniques to respond to the needs and preferences of individual clients. This three-year course (two years for the Diploma) is ideally suited to those with a part-time job, although it can also work for those with full-time commitments. The basis of study is one afternoon/evening per week.

The course is designed to provide an education and training in an integrative approach to psychological counselling and therapy to a level appropriate for safe, ethical and effective practice. Topics of study on the Diploma, which constitutes the BACP accredited training course, include: theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy; models for integration; theoretical frameworks (for example, person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and gestalt); and professional and clinical studies ? including the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. You will also engage in practical skills training, personal development and clinical supervision; you will study social context/multiculturalism and common client presenting problems, including mental health issues. If you choose to stay on for a third year to take your MA, your work will be based on clinical practice and an independent research project or dissertation.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
1 year
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students must have completed Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. They must have gained a degree with a minimum 2.1 Honours in any discipline and relevant clinical experience and the ability for self-managed learning and have adequate opportunities to carry out formal client work. They will normally be expected to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
  • International entry requirements: Students should have an overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).
  • IELTS score: 6.5