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MA in Counselling

  • Length
    2 years full-time, 3 years part-time
  • Department
    Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies
  • Funding available

Course overview

This programme is ideal if you wish to qualify and pursue a career as a professional counsellor. It's designed to enable you to develop as a reflective counselling practitioner.

The programme offers a full-time mode of study extending over a minimum of two years and a part-time mode of study extending over a minimum of three years.

The curriculum focuses on psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and relational psychoanalytic perspectives.

Through engagement in a range of learning contexts, including lectures, group seminars, therapeutic skills practice workshops, creative workshops, experiential group work, counselling placements, personal therapy, tutorials, independent study and dissertation supervision, students are supported in developing links between personal, clinical and theoretical knowledge.

Although the training is not an ‘accredited’ course of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), many students on the programme have chosen to complete the requirements stipulated by the BACP to become individually accredited clinical practitioners.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Lynne Brown

Modules & structure

Module title Credits
  Psychodynamic Theories 30 credits
  Counsellor Competencies and Attitudes 30 credits
  Reflective Practitioner 30 credits
  Applied Psychoanalysis 15 credits
  Research Methods 30 credits
  Advanced Theory 30 credits
  Clinical Placement 30 credits
  MA in Counselling Dissertation 60 credits

Assessment

Assessment for this course will be conducted through essays, practicum and viva, presentation, dissertation, portfolio, report(s) and log of hours. 

Download the programme specification, relating to the 2017-18 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Department

The Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies
has human relationships at its heart

Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

You’ll benefit from the wealth of experience of our staff and their commitment to ensuring that you’ll leave us as a reflective, research-minded professional.

We offer programmes in Community Studies, Social Work, and Therapeutic Studies.

Our degrees are informed by our commitment to social justice and applied practices – whether you want to:

  • understand and challenge the ways that vulnerable individuals and groups are disadvantaged and marginalised
  • become a social worker, community and youth worker, therapist or counsellor
  • change people’s lives through dance, drama and music

You’ll benefit from the wealth of experience of our staff and their commitment to ensuring that you’ll leave us as a reflective, research-minded professional.

Find out more about the Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies.

Staff

Skills & careers

Skills

The programme will enable you to develop:

  • critical thinking, evaluation and interpretation
  • interpersonal and therapeutic skills
  • communication in a range of modes (written, spoken, interpersonal)
  • research skills

Careers

Suitable careers for graduates of this programme include:

  • counselling
  • teaching
  • support and welfare work
  • advocacy and mentoring

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject and a certificate in Counselling/Counselling Skills as well as experience of working in a counselling-related field or where interpersonal communication skills are central to your role.

We also welcome applications from individuals with relevant work experience. In this case you must have knowledge and/or experience in psychodynamic theory and practice, and provide evidence of this with an up to date CV, references and personal statement.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate evidence of the capacity to develop the competencies for professional counselling practice:

  • emotional insight
  • robustness
  • ability to provide a reliable, honest, containing and reflexive relationship to clients

These will be evaluated through the application and interview process. The Admissions Tutor will seek to understand your qualities as a person and assess your suitability to practice with vulnerable clients.

Fitness to train
If you are offered a place on this programme, you'll need to meet the fitness to train criteria.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement detailing the following:
    • experience of work where use of interpersonal communication/counselling skills is core to your professional role (eg nursing, teaching, voluntary work)
    • evidence of your capacity to develop the competencies that are required for professional counselling practice (ie emotional insight, robustness, and the ability to prove a reliable, honest, containing and reflexive relationship to vulnerable clients)

           Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline. 

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Fitness to train

Applicants to therapeutic studies programmes are asked to disclose any criminal record, disciplinary record, significant periods of time off work and significant health problems in writing after interview. If we wish to make an applicant an offer of a place on the course, an anonymised version of the applicant’s written disclosure will be reviewed by a panel which considers the applicant’s suitability for therapeutic studies training. This process is additional to normal ‘fitness to train’ processes.

Find out more about applying.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Scholarships

Ebb and Flow bursary

10 x hardship bursaries of £500 each are available for this programme

Aziz Scholarship

This programme is eligible for an Aziz scholarship. Find out more about how to apply

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