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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 MA Counselling & Psychotherapy?

The MA course is a postgraduate qualification which allows practising counsellors and psychotherapists and in addition supports allied health professions who have an interest in counselling and psychotherapy, to explore contemporary counselling and psychotherapy issues. The course in addition to developing understanding of the theoretical field, extends critical ability in relation to practice and develops research awareness and capacity.


What will I study?

You will study five modules:

  • Counselling Theory & Process
  • Research Methods
  • Counselling Training & Supervision
  • Client Issues in Counselling Practice
  • Research Paper (to graduate with an MA)


Will I get any practical experience?

The programme does not include a placement however, the learning and engagement with the MA will inform and influence your professional practice.


What skills will I acquire?

This is not a skills-based programme, although you will find that the experience of being on the MA and the learning and development that accrues over the programme positively influences your knowledge, skills and abilities as a practitioner.


How will I be assessed?

All assessment is through written assignments. There are no exams.


Staff research interests

The tutors are active researchers themselves and most have publications related to their research areas. These include: relational ethics; research methodologies; supervision; body-mind connections; practitioner well-being; psychodrama and communal practice related counselling issues.


What resources will I have access to?

We have a good stock of library resources, including textbooks and back editions of a selection of therapy journals. In addition, you will have access to a wide range of web-based resources that you can access within the University and from your home computer.


Degree programme information

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