Key facts

Options: MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice, PG Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Distance learning
Course length
The MA up to six years part-time though normally completed in three years. The PG Dip up to 4 years part-time though normally completed in two years.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Gain an academic qualification in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice alongside your vocational counselling training.

  • Choose from a range of accredited modules.
  • Flexible learning linked to your specialist interest in counselling and psychotherapy practice.
  • Run through distance learning with individual tutorials.

This award is for counsellors and psychotherapists who have completed a recognised counselling or psychotherapy training qualification, and who are working or who have worked professionally as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

It is also open to those working within the helping professions who have a first degree within their field and relevant counselling training and/or qualifications, who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.

“The flexibility of the MA programme enabled me to fit course work around my employment and other commitments and provided an ideal opportunity for me to develop in my profession.”

Carol Swanson, Counselling and Psychotherapy graduate

What you'll learn


By the end of your studies you will have:

  • Increased your knowledge base and understanding of the relevant literature.
  • Systematically informed and updated your professional understanding.
  • A critical awareness of relevant current issues in your professional context.
  • An appreciation of how differing perspectives are dependent on context.
  • An original approach in the application of this knowledge with a practical understanding of research and inquiry techniques.
  • The ability to evaluate critically current research and theoretical frameworks.
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research.
  • The ability to reflect upon own professional practice; with a view to improving it.
  • The communication of ideas through appropriate ways.
  • The management of time and work.
  • The ability to work independently.
  • Information and data handling skills.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a range of written assignments related to professional learning in the counselling and psychotherapy field.

How will I be taught?

All modules are completed through distance learning with individual contact made with a supervisor, either through face to face tutorials, telephone supervision or on line supervision.

The award is modular, based on accumulating credit points (180 are needed for a Masters), and gives a flexible career track suited to meet the demands of professional counsellors and therapists needing to study part-time.

Each module has a certain number of hours of formal contact time with your tutor:

  • 15 credits: 3-4 hours
  • 30 credits: 6-8 hours
  • 45 credits: 9-11 hours
  • 60 credits: 12 hours

You should allow yourself an additional 4 hours or more each week for private study/student-centred learning.


Career development

This academic qualification alongside your vocational training course will enhance your CV and job opportunities in a highly competitive field.It will also provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) specific to your professional needs and requirements.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Modules are taught through distant learning. You are part of the Professional Masters Programme (PMP) and can have access to Open Seminars and Workshops throughout the year. You can make full use of the facilities offered at the University.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £6,800
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,400
Year 2 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £12,500
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You will:

  • have a recognised counselling or psychotherapy qualification; or
  • be working within the helping professions with a first degree within your field and relevant counselling training and/or qualifications.

You may be able to apply for Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L) if you have qualified through recognised counselling or psychotherapy trainings or have relevant academic credits at Level 7 within the last six years. If you wish to be considered for AP(E)L please contact the Award Leader, Rebecca Midwinter before submitting an application.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: r.midwinter@bathspa.ac.uk

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