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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Psychotherapy and Counselling * 2022 curriculum *

Programme code:MA-PSCO-22UCAS code:
Duration:36 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Stuart Gore Contact address:s.gore@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Bachelor's degree usually at 2.1 with hons and level 3 certificate in counselling skills or equivalent.

Students for whom English is not their first language must meet the University's entry criteria for English language ibtTOEFL of 92 (21 for listening, 21 for reading, 22 for writing and 23 for speaking)

It is desirable for students to have had experience of working in a helping role prior to application

Students will undergo full DBS check and occupational health review prior to commencing the programme

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

School of Healthcare

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Healthcare

Professional Body Offering Accreditation:

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Programme specification:

The MA in psychotherapy and counselling is a three-year part-time British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited course. The programme is designed to develop research led practitioners with clinical training in working with clients with relational and common mental health problems. Students will be introduced to a range of psychotherapy and counselling theories. The focus of the course is on theories of therapy that centre the therapeutic relationship as the crucial factor. Students are encouraged to develop their own self and intersubjective understanding through personal growth, supervision and personal therapy. The programme will give students the opportunity to link theory to practise and prepare them for working as a professional counsellor in the NHS, third or private sector. There will be a range of placement opportunities available to students across the region working with adults in a variety of therapeutic settings.

The programme offers a not-knowing, values-based and relational philosophy which unites relational approaches to learning and psychotherapy across modalities and brings a trans-theoretical approach that attempts to explain the common factors research in psychotherapy.

Students will receive research led teaching in the critical evaluation of intersubjective psychotherapeutic theory and practise. The course will provide knowledge and skills to conduct independent in-depth research into a complex specialist area. In year 3 all taught content will be delivered online.
Students who successfully complete the MA in psychotherapy and counselling and the Advanced Practice Portfolio Part 1 Module are eligible to apply for the PG Cert in Psychotherapy leading to UKCP registration.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS5330MIntroduction to Psychotherapeutic Counselling Theories15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS5331MRelational Counselling Skills Part 115 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS5332MWorking as a Professional Counsellor15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5333MRelational Counselling Skills Part 215 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)


Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS5334MEthical and Cultural Considerations in Psychotherapeutic Counselling15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS5335MRelational Counselling Skills Part 315 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS5336MTheories of Intersubjective Human Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS5337MRelational Counselling Skills Part 415 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
IOFN5004MResearch Methods15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

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

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