For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of this programme are delivered. Find out more
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.
This is a psychodynamic course which gives students solid theoretical foundations, as well as basic counselling skills in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy. It combines classical with contemporary psychodynamic theory and has a strong emphasis on issues relating to diversity and multiculturalism in theory and practice.
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. Both modes of study carry a total of 240 credits on completion, as opposed to the usual 180 for an MA programme.
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, tutorials, independent study and dissertation supervision, students are supported in developing links between personal, clinical and theoretical knowledge. You will be required to be in personal therapy until you complete your second year, and your clinical placement hours – please note this is at your own cost.
On completion of this programme, students will have achieved all the educational requirements necessary to be eligible to apply for personal accreditation with the BACP, after they have accrued the necessary additional post qualification hours.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Lynne Brown.
What you'll study
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
In your first year, you will take five compulsory modules.
|Year 1 Modules||Module title||Credits|
|Counsellor Competencies and Attitudes||30 credits|
|Psychodynamic Theories||30 credits|
|Reflective Practitioner||30 credits|
|Applied Psychoanalysis||15 credits|
|Research Methods||60 credits|
In your second year, you will take two more compulsory modules, and write a dissertation.
|Year 2 Modules||Module title||Credits|
|Advanced Theory||30 credits|
|Clinical Placement||30 credits|
|MA Counselling Dissertation||60 credits|
Students on the part-time version of this programme will take study all the same modules over three years.
Counselling Competencies and Attitudes
Assessment for this MA will be conducted through essays, practicum and viva, presentation, dissertation, portfolio, report(s) and log of hours.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
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. All applicants 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.
You must also be able to demonstrate evidence of the capacity to develop the competencies for professional counselling practice:
- emotional insight
- 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.
Please note: You must also fulfil our Fitness to Train requirements.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
- Home - full-time: £8990
- Home - part-time: £5995
- International - full-time: £19660
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Tier 4 student visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.
Ebb and Flow bursary
10 x hardship bursaries of £500 each are available for this programme
Aziz Foundation Scholarship
This programme is eligible for an Aziz Foundation scholarship. Find out more about how to apply.
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
- A 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)
- 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.
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.
Staff who teach classes on this programme include:
Dr Eric Harper
Find out more about staff in the Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies.
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
Suitable careers for graduates of this programme include:
- support and welfare work
- advocacy and mentoring
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.