This MSc in Counselling course at Bangor University explores a range of psychological approaches and therapeutic methods to provide holistic training in adult counselling. You will learn about the Humanistic approach and Person-Centred therapy, Psychodynamic approach and Psychoanalytic therapy, Behavioural approach and Behaviour therapy, and Cognitive approach and Cognitive therapy. In addition, you will be introduced to several integrative approaches (for example, we might explore Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, or Transactional Analysis).
You will also take part in practical activities to develop your communication skills and integrate therapeutic techniques into your practice. You will engage in regular observed counselling skills sessions with your peers and this will prepare you for undertaking a placement of 100hrs of supervised counselling. Our skills lecturers and placement coordinator have an extensive counselling background working with clients in the NHS, and they will support you in developing your counselling skills and applying them in practice on placement. Our previous students have completed these placements with organisations such as the NHS Primary Mental Health Service, bereavement service CRUSE, Age UK, the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service, etc.
One in four adults experience at least one mental health difficulty in any given year and mental health issues account for the largest single cause of disability in the UK (Mental Health Taskforce Strategy, Feb 2016).
The NHS committed to a transformation of mental health care across the UK and pledged to invest more than one billion pounds a year by 2020/21. As a result of this commitment and the increasing need for mental health support, employment opportunities in counselling are likely to expand in the near future. Graduates from this course will be particularly well equipped to succeed in this growing market.
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This course can be studied full-time over 2 years or part-time over 4 years. On the full-time route during the first year of the course you will gain a comprehensive understanding of psychology, counselling, research, and mental health by covering topics including:
- empirical research in therapy,
- communication and counselling skills,
- therapeutic process and context,
- mental health and wellbeing,
- different approaches and therapies (including Humanistic approach and Person-Centred therapy, Psychodynamic approach and Psychoanalytic therapy, Behavioural approach and Behaviour therapy, Cognitive approach and Cognitive therapy).
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- 24 months
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
- The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June (for September intake).
DisciplinesPsychology Cognitive Sciences Counselling View 138 other Masters in Counselling in United Kingdom
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You must have one of the following academic qualifications:
- 2ii or above undergraduate degree in psychology or counselling (or closely related) subject
- OR 2ii or above undergraduate degree in unrelated subject AND certificate in counselling
- OR relevant professional experience AND evidence of academic capability to postgraduate level
If the applicant has English as a second language, then they will also be required to hold an IELTS of 7 and exhibit clear evidence of communication skills through the medium of English in the interview.
Applicants will also be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Applicants who have lived or worked outside of the UK for 12 months or more may also be required to submit a check appropriate to that country.
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International17800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17800 GBP per year during 24 months.
National10385 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10385 GBP per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Bangor
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.