Do you want to pursue further training as a psychodynamic counsellor? Are you looking to broaden and deepen your practice?
This course offers a professional qualification to work therapeutically with children and adolescents. You gain thorough theoretical and practical training, including a supervised placement, enabling you to qualify as a counsellor.
There are three training routes to the final qualification of MA Psychodynamic Counselling. The first year is provided by the Graduate Diploma, where you are learn about psychodynamic theory and its applications. If you're a psychology graduate, this is the ideal next step if you wish to progress in the field of psychodynamic counselling. It also provides a route to a counselling and psychotherapy qualification for professionals, such as teachers, social workers, nurses and care workers.
Those who have a suitable diploma from elsewhere or who have completed our FdA/BA Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations (TCTO) can potentially omit the Graduate Diploma year and be accepted into the second year.
In the second year, you work towards our MA Psychodynamic Counselling. You receive clinical training to work with children and adolescents and the clinical experience through placements in agencies such as schools, voluntary organisations or other support services. In addition to clinical training for working with children and adolescents, we also offer the opportunity to study modules which focus on adult therapeutic care.
A requirement of this course is that you are in personal therapy or counselling on a weekly basis.
As part of your course, you’re also required to undertake work-based observations and attend a conference. You may incur associated travel costs.
Our Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies is internationally recognised as one of the leading departments for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, as well as in culture and society generally. Our research and teaching is deeply grounded in knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which our highest standards of academic thinking are then applied.
The Department consistently achieves top ten rankings in the UK's research assessments, most recently in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Being located within the UK’s leading university of the study of social sciences means you are surrounded by strong departments that fully support and enhance our work. This allows you to gain the opportunity to work with and be taught by senior clinicians and world-class scholars in their fields.
If you are studying within our Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, you will have access to our extensive facilities to aid your learning and research. In particular, our Albert Sloman Library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic resources and major archives relevant to our work and, in addition, we have our own library of specialist books and journals.
We hold free evening Open Seminars on topics relevant to psychoanalysis which are open to students, staff and members of the public.
Graduates from our Graduate Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling who do not continue in the training may well already be professionals, clinical and non-clinical, and will return to their existing fields, either in jobs or further training, and use their learning from the course to deepen their understanding of their work.
Graduates from our MA Psychodynamic Counselling are qualified counsellors who take up positions in many agencies providing counselling to young people. Graduates from our department go on to a number of different destinations, including further study and training in psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, or psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above.
It is desirable for you to have had some relevant experience in a caring or supportive role. Experience of your own counselling or therapy is also an asset.
With your online application you must submit a personal statement; this should detail the reasons for wanting to study the course, including any relevant experience (work or voluntary) that may support your application.
You must also have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (including child and adult barred list check) this is organised by the University.
A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
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Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
£5,240The cost of your first year reflects the Graduate Diploma tuition fee. The fee will decrease to the Masters part-time tuition fees for the final two years of the course. As part of your course, you’re required to be in personal therapy on a weekly basis and receive supervision. You’ll be required to pay for this and find your own therapist. The average cost per weekly session is £40-70 per hour.
£11,246The cost of your first year reflects the Graduate Diploma tuition fee. The fee will decrease to the Masters part-time tuition fees for the final two years of the course. As part of your course, you’re required to be in personal therapy on a weekly basis and receive supervision. You’ll be required to pay for this and find your own therapist. The average cost per weekly session is £40-70 per hour.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.
If you are interested in studying the diploma part-time also, please contact the Department for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies to discuss the options available.
There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
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