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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Psychotherapy and Counselling

Programme code:MA-PSY-C08UCAS code:
Duration:36 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Netalie Shloim Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

1 Normally a degree in any subject, usually a minimum of 2.1 or above.

2. A level of counselling skill consistent with preparedness to undertake professional training (normally acquired through previous counselling skills courses, e.g. certificate in counselling or equivalent), to be assessed at interview.

3. English Language at GCSE grade C or equivalent, or IELTS overall score 7.

4. Two satisfactory references; one of which must normally be an academic reference.

5. Insight into psychotherapy and counselling, to be assessed via interview.

6. A level of maturity associated with personal reflection on a variety of adult and childhood experiences and developed interpersonal skills, to be assessed via interview.

7. Satisfactory police and health clearance.

The University of Leeds APL and APEL procedures may apply to exceptional applicants who do not meet the criteria.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Healthcare

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School Board of Examiners

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

It is important to retain both psychotherapy and counselling in the programme title as both terms are widely used in combination within the profession. The MA Psychotherapy & Counselling is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. On successful completion, graduates may join the BACP voluntary assured register of Counsellors/Psychotherapists.

The team includes very experienced counsellor / psychotherapists, with senior levels of registration in one or more fields and a sound track record of scholarly and research activity. The team have extensive clinical and supervision experience in a wide variety of settings and are able to draw on this experience in learning and teaching. In addition, colleagues from elsewhere in the School contribute to certain aspects of teaching.

The first 2 years of the programme, after which students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma, consist of at least 400 hours of tutor contact, 70 hours of personal therapy and 100 hours of clinically supervised practice which is determined by the registering body. Students undertaking the MA complete a third year, have an additional 50 hours of tutor contact and will be expected to remain in practice.

There will be equal value placed on theory and practice, with a strong emphasis on informal learning through personal therapy and clinical supervision provided outside of the university but required as part of the programme.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS5182MCounselling and Psychotherapy Theories15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
HECS5183MBecoming a Reflective Practitioner 1a15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS5184MTheories of Human Intersubjective Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5185MBecoming a Reflective Practitioner 1b15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

HECS5186MEthical and Cultural Issues for Psychotherapeutic Counselling15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS5187MBecoming a Reflective Practitioner 2a15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS5188MIntegration of Psychotherapeutic Theory, Practice and Intersubjectivity15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5189MBecoming a Reflective Practitioner 2b15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
IOFN5004MResearch Methods15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun), 01 Oct to 31 Dec

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

HECS5152MDissertation45 credits1 Sep to 30 Sept (13mth), 1 Sep to 30 Jun (adv year)

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:13:46


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