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Person-Centred Counselling, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #194 (QS) ,
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 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

    2050 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2050 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1670 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1670 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Aberdeen

  • 729 - 1070 GBP/month
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