Bath Spa University

Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

- 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 module titles.

This MA 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 will also have gained an academic degree to complement your existing professional qualification.

This is an online part-time programme, taken over a period of up to 3 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.

Entry requirements

There are direct links to the following courses and qualifications: Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling; Bridgwater College Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy; the Counselling Foundation, Training Centre, St Alban's; the Manor House Centre, North London, Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Therapy in the Community; the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy; Northbrook College, Sussex, Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy; Southampton Counselling Service Advanced and Diploma courses; Strode College, Street; Wessex Counselling Service Advanced and Diploma courses. Applicants who qualified through other counselling or psychotherapy trainings are invited to apply and accreditation for prior learning (APL) is given according to the level of their counselling or psychotherapy training qualification. This can be discussed on application though in general level 5 qualifications are granted 90 APL and level 4 60 APL. APL is recognised only within 6 years of a training qualification.

Course modules

Modules include: counselling and psychotherapy work-based action enquiry; independent study; reflecting on clinical practice; counselling ethics and the law; counselling and multidisciplinary practice; research and the professional (part 1); research and the professional (part 2: Methods and proposal); Master's research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment for most of the modules is based on completing assignments related to professional learning in the counselling and psychotherapy field.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Distance learning (part-time) October 2017 3 3 Years
MA Distance learning (full-time) October 2017 12,500 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MA Distance learning (full-time) October 2017 6,800 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Distance learning (with some attendance) October 2017 2 2 Years

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