Course information


2 years full-time, 3 years part-time

Scholarship information

Funding available

Course overview

The MA Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy is now almost full for 2024 entry. You are still welcome to apply for 2024, but your application may be added to a waiting list and only considered if places become available.

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 Eric Harper.

What you'll study

Full-time study

Year 1

In your first year, you will take five compulsory modules.

Module title Credits
Counsellor Competencies and Attitudes 30 credits
Psychodynamic Theories 30 credits
Reflective Practitioner 30 credits
Applied Psychoanalysis 15 credits
Multidisciplinary Research Methods 15 credits


Year 2

In your second year, you will take two more compulsory modules, and write a dissertation.

Module title Credits
Advanced Theory 30 credits
Clinical Placement 30 credits
Dissertation 60 credits

Part-time study

Students on the part-time version of this programme will study all the same modules over three years.

Year 1
Counselling Competencies and Attitudes
Psychodynamic Theories
Reflective Practitioner

Year 2
Advanced Theory
Clinical Placement
Research Methods
Applied Psychoanalysis

Year 3


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

Download the programme specification.

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

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. 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
  • 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.

Please note: You must also fulfil our Fitness to Train requirements.

International qualifications

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 2024/2025 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £10350
  • Home - part-time: £6900
  • International - full-time: £22640

If your fees are not listed here, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time under a student visa. 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.

Additional costs

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.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.


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 academic qualifications
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively a copy of your academic reference
  • Copies of your educational transcripts or certificates
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online. Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement and ensure you detail 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)

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.


Staff who teach classes on this programme include:

Dr Eric Harper

Evren Ramos

Lynne Brown

Christopher Hauke

Georgios Taxidis

Suzanne Martin

Hattie Berger

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:

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

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

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