The Counselling Studies programme from The University of Edinburgh complements professional training in counselling by providing students from a range of backgrounds with critical perspectives on counselling and related practices.
This programme firmly locates the practice of counselling within the field of social science enquiry. Its distinctive features include close links with professional training in counselling and with social science research concerned with counselling and society.
It includes the professionally validated Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies, three other substantive taught courses and a dissertation based on empirical research.
This MSc is not a full professional training in counselling. The latter is offered through the Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue), two years full-time, or the Master of Counselling, four years part-time.
Graduates of the MSc Counselling Studies use the degree in a variety of ways. For some it opens up employment opportunities in a range of fields, including education, policy, research and development on health and illness, emotional health and wellbeing, and counselling, often in combination with first degrees or other professional training.
The degree also enhances the career prospects of professionally qualified counsellors and practitioners. Many graduates use the MSc as a foundation for undertaking further specialist therapeutic training in the UK or abroad.
Others enhance their careers by using newly developed conceptual, analytical and research skills and may use the MSc to embark on doctoral research.
- Teaching and learning methods include lectures, theory seminars and independent study. Assessment is through essays and the dissertation.
- The Postgraduate Certificate component involves experiential group work, practice-skills workshops and individual tutorials, with self and peer assessment and portfolio work, complementing essay-based assessment.
- The programme provides a high level of student-tutor contact and close supervision of both listening practice and research, in line with professional and academic requirements.
- 12 months
- 24 months
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, or a UK 2:2 honours degree with a strong personal statement, relevant experience and/or references confirming your aptitude to study at postgraduate level.
- You should demonstrate a high level of motivation through your personal statement, indicating why you wish to study counselling and demonstrating an understanding of counselling and the capacity to reflect on personal aptitude for work in this field.
- We may also consider your application if you have professional qualifications equivalent to an honours degree; please contact us to check before you apply.
International25300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
National12500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.
PT 2 yeas per year:
- Home - £6,250
- International/EU - £12,650
PT 3 yeas per year:
- Home - £4,170
- International/EU - £8,435
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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