Person-Centred Counselling

University of Aberdeen

36 months
1840 GBP/module
1840 GBP/module
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The theoretical model and philosophical ethos of the programme are based on the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers. Person-Centred Counselling programme is offered at University of Aberdeen.


Person-Centred Counselling programme at University of Aberdeen aims to enable students to:

  • The anthropological, relational ethics foundations of person-centered counselling
  • Understand the philosophy, theory, and research concerning the person- centred approach.
  • Develop a high level of therapeutic presence and competence in person-centred counselling relationships.
  • Understand person-centred experiential and phenomenological foundations of therapeutic processes.
  • Participate in encounter groups to deepen learning through interaction offers individuals an awareness of their professional developmental needs and the use of counselling and supervision.
  • Evaluate the importance of personal development in relation to training as a person-centred counsellor.
  • Consider the effect of personal experience, values, and attitudes on the counsellor’s practice.
  • Develop critical understanding of the place person-centred counselling occupies in the field of counselling and the role counselling plays in society as a whole
  • knowledge of psychopathology, assessment formulations, case study and ethical dilemma presentations
  • Engage in expressed arts and embodied affectivity to work creatively with material, sounds, words, marking making and movement.


Qualified professional counsellors or psychotherapists are able to work as private practitioners. Further opportunities are available in charities, business organisations, educational, health and social care settings. There is also a growing number of opportunities to work for Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Providers, Human Resources, Occupational Health settings.On completing, new counsellors can apply for Counsellor Membership with Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centered Counselling will allow individuals to access a diverse range of advance professional study opportunities within the School of Education and across the university.


  • Counsellor

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Person - Centred Counselling 
  • Therapeutic Process in Person - Centred Counselling 
  • Development of Professional Counselling Practice 
  • Reflexivity and Professional Enquiry 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

  • Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:2 or above from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this qualification may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Director subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of experience, appropriate to the field of study.
  • A student membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA) is advised and a PVG check will be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1840 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1840 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1840 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1840 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.

 per 30 credits


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