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Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

MA

Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    Award
    Options: MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice; PG Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice; PG Cert Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
    School
    Institute for Education
    Campus or location
    Distance learning
    Course length
    One year full time, or three years part time.

    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 a Master's in Counselling and Psychotherapy practice to complement your professional counselling and/or psychotherapy training.

    • Part-time distance learning programme that allows you to study online.
    • Flexible learning linked to your specialist interest in counselling and psychotherapy practice.
    • Range of specialist and research-based modules.

    This Master's in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice is suitable 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.

    On successful completion of the programme, you'll not only be well-versed in counselling and psychotherapy research and your chosen subject area, you'll also have gained an academic degree to complement your existing professional qualification.

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

    Carol Swanson, MA Counselling and Psychotherapy

    What you'll learn

    Overview

    The Master's in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice gives students an academic qualification alongside their professional counselling training. You can gain a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Master’s Award (180 credits) in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice. This is beneficial when applying for work, (the qualification is nationally and internationally recognised). 

    The aims of the programme are to recognise and enhance understanding of good professional practice and deepen theoretical knowledge, to engage in evidence–based practice and research, and to enhance skills of reflection and reflexivity and develop self-awareness to support Continued Professional Development.

    Course structure

    This is an online, part-time course, taken over a period of up to three years, which gives a flexible career track suited to meet the demands of professional counsellors and therapists needing to study part-time through distance learning.

    Course modules

    This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the course handbook or definitive programme document for full details on which modules are core, required or optional.

    • Reflecting on Clinical Practice
    • Counselling Ethics and the Law
    • Independent Study
    • Research Methods in Social Science
    • Research and the Professional: Part One
    • Research and the Professional: Part Two
    • Dissertation.

    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. Individual contact with a tutor is either face-to-face, by telephone, or through online tutorials. There will also be webinars/online seminars available. Contact could be individual or in groups. Students can also have access to open seminars and workshops throughout the year.

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

    Applicants with a recognised counselling or psychotherapy training qualification, taken within the last five years, can apply for up to a maximum of 60 credits Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L).

    Opportunities

    Career development

    The programme will give practising counsellors and psychotherapists an academic, University-based higher degree qualification to complement their professional qualification.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    This is a distance learning programme. Tutorials can be face-to face, via telephone, Skype, or email. There will also be webinars/online seminars available. Contact could be individual or in groups. You'll be able to make full use of the facilities offered at the University.

    You’ll benefit from access to:

    Fees

    UK and EU students full time

    Course fees
    2018/19 entry £6,995
    2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
    2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

    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.

    2018/19 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 £3,500
    Year 2 Published Jan 2019

    2019/20 Entry

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

    2020/21 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2020
    Year 2 Published Jan 2021

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2018/19 entry £12,900
    2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
    2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

    "I would recommend Bath Spa University because it offers good tutors with access to one-to-one support sessions. Along with the research possibilities and flexible learning methods which makes Bath Spa quite unique."

    Savi Jayaweera, MA Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    This programme is suitable 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.

    If you have completed a recognised counselling qualification or you have evidence of relevant academic study at Level 7 within the last five years, you may be able to apply for Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L).

    If you wish to be considered for AP(E)L, please contact the course leader before submitting your online 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: Rebecca Midwinter
    Email: r.midwinter@bathspa.ac.uk

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