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PG Dip, MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy

MA Counselling and Psychology Studies

The Course Programme Structure Staff Profiles Why YSJ ?


Why study Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies?

The MA programme explores and critically evaluates theory, practice, training and supervision issues and then introduces students to research methods to enable them to undertake an in-depth study into a topic of interest through the research paper module.  Thus the MA offers the opportunity for practitioners to embark on further study and develop their theoretical understanding, reflect on their practice in light of current research, undertake an in-depth study into an area of interest and improve their employability through enhancing their professional knowledge base.


What qualifications do I need?

While applicants normally have a qualification in counselling to at least Diploma level and are in supervised counselling practice, applications are welcomed from those in health and care professions and individuals with an appropriate first degree in a related area, who can also show relevant experience.

  1. Students who register in the first instance for the Masters programme must normally have a good honours degree, i.e. 2:2 and above because of the demands of study at Masters’ level.
  2. Students who register in the first instance for the Postgraduate Diploma will have relevant academic and professional qualifications which equate to satisfactory completion of the appropriate prior learning recognised as equivalent to 360 credits including at least 60 credits at level 2, and at least 60 credits at level 3 on the University’s modular course system.

It is recognised that International and EU students may not be able to demonstrate their suitability for the programme through the same range of qualifications as home students; however we will consider a variety of evidence of appropriate qualifications and background. In line with University policy there is a requirement that international student’s meet the English language requirements of an overall IELTS score of 6.5. The written element must be at level 6.5.

The student, unless there are exceptional circumstances, can be judged through the application form, by their academic history, professional experience and personal statement. Applications are reviewed in light of the University’s widening participation approach of being an inclusive and accessible university (Strategic aim 1). Applicants that do not have the traditional academic qualifications for postgraduate study, but satisfy the criteria around professional experience, can be required to undertake and pass the Access module (3ID130), as part of the entry process.

Download the information sheet Access to Postgraduate study in Helping and Health Professions.


Online application guideHow much does it cost?

The fees are subject to review.

Please visit our tuition fees webpage  for up-to-date information about fees

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU Alumni undertaking PG level study


How do I apply?

Applications can be made using the buttons below.  For help completing the online application, please refer to our guide.


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MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies Full-time



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MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies Part-time



Please note that applications are only reviewed once they are complete with both references. If you have recently undertaken or are currently undertaking a counselling training course, please include your course tutor as one of your referees.


Will I be interviewed?

No. Whilst selection is usually by application form, where the University needs to satisfy itself that an applicant has achieved an appropriate level of practitioner competence, it reserves the right to request that the applicant provide evidence of such competence at interview.


How can I find out more?

To find out more, please contact the Subject Administrator for Counselling

T: 01904 876583

E: counselling@yorksj.ac.uk