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Counselling
MSc

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

3 years (part-time)

Degree Classification

MSc

UCAS Code

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Why Study Counselling?

Develop your theoretical understanding, hone your practical skills and achieve a higher level of personal awareness and resilience by studying counselling at a postgraduate level. This MSc equips you with the skills you need to offer emotional support for people experiencing problems in their lives.

Join the only programme in the UK to provide comprehensive training in the pluralistic framework for counselling and psychotherapy integration. This means you’ll absorb a wide range of theories and interventions, learning how best to adapt your approach to the needs of your clients.

We enjoy a rich tradition of providing training in counselling and counselling skills. Our teaching staff are highly respected leaders in their field, and you’ll be joining a vibrant community of practitioners and past and current students.

Abertay has a strong research orientation, and the Tayside Centre for Counselling (TCC) is based on campus. There are opportunities for you to be involved in projects that are influencing and developing the role and effectiveness of counselling interventions in modern society.

Frequently asked questions about our MSc Counselling.

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A postgraduate qualification can prepare you for a more senior position and a considerably higher starting salary. 

Information and advice is key to making sure you make the right decision for you. Thankfully, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about stepping into the world of postgraduate study.

Register your interest and find out the fantastic options available to you.

 

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Entry Requirements

Applications to this course must be received by the 31st March. Any applications received after this date will be placed on hold and considered if places become available. Late applicants will also be offered the opportunity to have their application considered for September 2019 entry. All applicants are interviewed as part of the selection process. All applicants are required to undertake a criminal records check.

Applicants should normally have:

  • An undergraduate degree (2:2 or better in any subject) which may be supplemented with professional experience and evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level
  • Interest in counselling as a profession or career/personal enhancement
  • Some experience in helping professionally or voluntarily
  • Two references (personal and professional)

 

 

 

 

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Overseas and EU

All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language. The university's minimum requirements are:

Overseas and EU: IELTS 7.0 (no individual test less than 7.0).

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Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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English Language Requirements

Explore English language requirements for entry to Abertay University.

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English Language Courses

Discover the range of English language courses on offer at Abertay University.

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Visa Information

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How the Course Works

The course offers a comprehensive selection of topics on talking therapies, interventions and professional practice, with core areas including:

  • A range of theoretical approaches to counselling, such as Person Centred and Experiential, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Existential, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
  • Personal development and self-awareness
  • Evidence-based practice and research methods
  • Ethical and professional issues in counselling

There are three exit points on this programme. These are:

  • End of first year: Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • End of second year: Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Studies
  • End of third year: Masters (MSc) in Counselling

Learning

From the outset you’re engaged in skills learning, as the first year of this MSc introduces you to counselling and practical training in the application of helping interventions. This foundation year provides counselling skills, and the experience you need to undertake a practice placement.

The subsequent two years involve a fascinating combination of teaching in theory, research, practice and professional issues, and self-development, all of which are designed to be directly linked to practice placement.

Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in workshops to introduce and develop your understanding of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, addictions, and eating disorders, along with specific approaches such as solution-focussed therapies and mindfulness.

In combination with the one day a week attendance on campus, in years two and three you’ll take a placement as a counsellor – an essential part of your professional training.

 

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by using case-studies, theory essays, literature reviews, practice observations, and reflective accounts, along with reports from supervisors and practice placement. Assessment tasks are integrated into the course and spread through the three years.

Formative assessment is ongoing and the programme team provide feedback on practice skills and activities in class.

Scholarships

The scholarship below is open to all international students and those applying from England, Wales and Northern Ireland with a 2.1 or above for a postgraduate course. It's paid in two instalments, in December and March. 

Rest of UK Postgraduate Abertay Scholarships

This £2,000 award is open to all prospective new postgraduate students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£5,500

Fees stated are for the entire course.

* There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 180 credits.

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£7,500

Fees stated are for the entire course.

* There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 180 credits.

International Students

£14,250

Fees stated are for the entire course.

* There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 180 credits.

Career Opportunities

By providing both foundational and professional training in a single programme, this programme gives you the opportunity to undergo a three year part-time degree as a direct entry in to a counselling career.

Our graduates have moved on to work within the field of counselling, psychotherapy, social care, research and education. Some graduates choose to enter private practice, while others remain in the voluntary sector. In addition, it’s possible to go on to train in counselling supervision.

An MSc in Counselling also provides transferable skills, and can considerably enhance career prospects for people working in health, education, the church, criminal justice, human resource management, and the voluntary sector.

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Industry Links

Our counselling programme has strong links with a number of counselling and social care agencies within Scotland. These relationships ensure the smooth management of student placements and professional development.

All staff are members and accredited trainers for BACP, with one currently representative at BACP governance level.

Graduate School

Our Graduate School is a dedicated facility providing support, training and professional development opportunities to our vibrant postgraduate community. Specially designed to promote integration and inculcation of interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers, postgraduates study and learn together at Abertay – from Environmental Management to Law, Psychology, Bioscience, Economics and Business, Cybersecurity and Computer Games Development.

 

 

Learn more about our Graduate School

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When joining as a post-graduate, you will

When you join us as a postgraduate student or researcher, you’ll be joining a community of creative likeminded scholars and will automatically be provided with access to our dedicated study and social spaces – a forum in which you can meet, work and learn with other researchers and postgraduates from across the University.

You’ll benefit from training and professional development opportunities, as well as support with funding applications, placement opportunities, teaching support, public engagement and outreach activity.

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Abertay is conveniently located on a city centre campus, with all of its buildings within a quarter of a mile of each other. Shops, recreational facilities and the main bus and train stations are a short walk away.

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Why Abertay?

We're proud of our students and graduates, and we believe there's no better place to study if you're looking for a degree that helps you stand out as an exceptional candidate in an increasingly competitive job market.

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Living in Dundee

Dundee is a city of contrasts. It's vibrant and cosmopolitan, but also friendly, compact and affordable. The first UK city to be awarded UNESCO City of Design status, Dundee has a rich history of innovation and creativity, and, in recent years, has become a hub for the digital industries.

Living in Dundee & Scotland

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Postgrad Open Day

Wednesday 21 March 2018 4.00pm-8.00pm

Coming to our Open Evening gives you the chance to find out more about your postgraduate options.

A whole host of staff from across the University will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about postgraduate study.

 

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