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PG Diploma in Counselling (PG Dip)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling offers students an opportunity to train as a qualified counselling practitioner on a one- year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) basis.  The course has a person-centred orientation - an approach to counselling and psychotherapy for which the Counselling Unit has an international reputation as a centre of excellence.  The Counselling Unit is also a training and research centre that is committed to finding innovative ways of extending counselling and the person-centred approach to the wider community.

Aims of the Course

The central aim of the course is to develop reflective practitioners who have examined counselling and themselves in relation to counselling to an extent that they can function with confidence in the voluntary or paid sectors.

Integral to this central aim is the objective that course members will progress in the five main areas related to the training:

  • attaining a clear understanding of the counselling and personality theories of the person-centred approach and gaining a comprehensive knowledge of the issues around professional practice in different working contexts;
  • fostering the skills involved in creating the therapeutic conditions and advancing the therapeutic process in counselling relationships with a range of clientele;
  • learning to use the supervision relationship with another individual or group in such a way that both protects the client and also enhances the counsellor’s professional development;
  • gains in terms of personal development will vary from one participant to another. However, two strands which are likely to be general to most are: discovering and confronting attitudes and values which inhibit the course member's functioning as a counsellor; and moving the “locus of evaluation” in the direction of self-acceptance to the extent that the member may grow to trust his or her therapeutic use of congruence;
  • developing sufficient confidence in counselling practice to work in intensive as well as short-term contracts with clients.

Applications

Applications to the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling are invited from those who have already completed (or are working towards) an HNC in Counselling or PG Certificate in Counselling Skills.  Applications are free and require the completion of two application forms.

1.  The University's online PGI application form (See "Apply" button below). This form requests personal details, e.g. name, address, qualifications, work experience, etc. and the names of your two referees. 

2.  The Counselling Unit's PG Diploma application form.  (See application form link below.) This will be used to assess your suitability for the course.  This application form is confidential and will be seen only by the course selectors and administrator.

Once completed, please send the Counselling Unit's application form - together with your two signed referees' statements and copies of relevant qualifications (if available) - to the courses' support team (see below).

The following links direct you to:

Please note that your application will not be considered by the selector until both application forms and references have been submitted.

Contact details

Courses Support Team (Counselling)
University of Strathclyde
Rm 670, Graham Hills Building
40 George Street
Glasgow G1 1QE

Tel: 0141 548 3414
Fax: 0141 548 4001
Email: hass-courses-psh@strath.ac.uk


Masters in Counselling (MSc)

Students who have completed our PgDip in Counselling, our pre-1999 Diploma in Counselling, or an equivalent course, have an opportunity to continue their studies towards a Master's exit award through enrolling on the Master's phase of our counselling programme.

What does it consist of?

The primary component of the Master's phase is a 15,000-20,000 word research-based dissertation. The topic of this dissertation is of the student's choice, but students are invited to link their research in to the main Counselling Unit Research Themes:

  • Person-centred/experiential therapy: process and outcomes
  • Existential therapy: process and outcomes
  • Pluralistic framework
  • Social anxiety: person-centred/experiential approaches
  • Counselling in schools
  • Relational depth

Students are also encouraged to use one of the research methods that the Unit specialises in:

  • Systematic Qualitative Research
  • Interpretive Single Case Study Research
  • Measure Development for person-centred/experiential approaches
  • Practice-based group design research/service evaluation

The course begins in September with an intensive introduction to research methods in counselling and psychotherapy, delivered as five one-day workshops, three in September (Thursday 19 / 26 September and Friday 27 September) and one in October (Friday 25 October) guiding students through the four key types of counselling research listed above.  A follow-up session in November (Friday 22 November) will help students finalize their research topic and develop their ethics proposal for submission by the end of Term 1. Much of the dissertation work will be carried out by students on an independent basis, supported by course tutors at 3 or 4 week intervals. Each student will also be allocated ten hours of individual supervision per year.

In addition, the course offers on-line support and resources.

Full-time international students will need to attend monthly research community meetings and meet with their supervisor on at least one other point in the month.

How long will it take?

Most students will complete their research dissertation in two years, although it is possible to finish in one year. Part-time students have a maximum of three years to complete their dissertations, and full-time students, two years. 

Why should I do it?

As a research-based programme of study, the Masters in Counselling will:

  • Provide you with a higher level counselling qualification
  • Help you develop your research competences - skills that counselling employees may be looking for
  • Provide you with an opportunity to follow up an area of particular interest and to take a lead in that field
  • Help you develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required to publish writings in the field of counselling and psychotherapy
  • Provide you with the basics for further academic work in the field (i.e. a PhD or Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Who will supervise the study?

Students will work primarily with one or two supervisors, one of whom will be the main supervisor.  As per University regulations, main supervisors will meet at least two of the following three criteria: 

  • be qualified at Masters level or above
  • have a specialist knowledge and understanding of the topic proposed
  • have had experience of supervision of higher degree work

The majority of the dissertations will be supervised by Robert Elliott, Mick Cooper, Lorna Carrick, Beth Freire and Brian Rodgers.

How much will it cost?

  • See fees and dates section

Who is eligible to apply for the Master's phase of the counselling programme?


  • 120 Master's level credits required in person-centred therapy

To enrol on the Master's phase of the counselling programme, students will need to have accrued 120 Scottish Master's credits in person-centred counselling (i.e. a Postgraduate Diploma in person-centred counselling), or equivalent postgraduate credit (see below), within five years of proposed registration onto the Master's phase of the counselling programme.

Students who have completed the University of Strathclyde's Diploma in Counselling, prior to its formal accreditation at postgraduate level in 1999, will be considered to have completed a course of study equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, and thereby to have met this criteria.

  • Students who have been out of formal learning for more than five years

Students who have completed their (Postgraduate) Diploma in Counselling (or another course) more than five years prior to their proposed registration onto the Master's phase of the counselling programme are still eligible to apply for the Master's phase of our counselling programme. Such students, however, will need to complete a Statement_of_on_going_learning, demonstrating how, over the previous five years, they have maintained their learning at a level commensurate with a person-centred Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. View more details of the specific learning outcomes of our Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.

  • Students who did not complete a postgraduate diploma in person-centred therapy

Students who have completed a course of study other than the University of Strathclyde's (Postgraduate) Diploma in Counselling, or an equivalent person-centred Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, also have an opportunity to apply for the Master's phase of our counselling programme. In this instance, students will need to (also) complete a Statement_of_Equivalence, demonstrating that the learning outcomes of their course were equivalent to a person-centred Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.

How do I apply for the course?

All applicants [apart from those continuing directly from the University of Strathclyde's Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (i.e. without any intervening terms or years)] are required to complete the University's online PGI application form.  This form requests personal details, e.g. name, address, qualification, work experience, etc.  All applicants must provide the names of two referees.  Thereafter, contact with your named referees will be made by the University, so long as email addresses have been provided.

In addition, the following form will need to be downloaded - from the link below - completed by all applicants, and returned to the Counselling Unit.

  • MSc in Counselling Application Form 

    together with the following documentation:
  •  An example of academic writing.  This can be any piece of academic writing - for instance, a course essay, a journal submission, or a sample written specifically for this application - which the applicant feels best demonstrates their capacity to complete a Master's dissertation.
  • Copies of relevant certificates.

Furthermore, those candidates who are not applying directly from the University of Strathclyde's PG Diploma in Counselling may need to complete:

Once completed, all documentation should be returned (either electronically or by post) to the Counselling Unit.

Contact Details

Courses Support Team
Counselling
University of Strathclyde
Rm 670, Graham Hills Building
40 George Street
Glasgow
G1 1QE

Tel: 0141 548 3414
Fax: 0141 548 4001
Email: hass-courses-psh@strath.ac.uk

When should I apply?

Students wishing to apply for a September 2013 start to the MSc in Counselling should submit application forms by 31 July 2013. Please note that places on the course are limited, and that applications cannot be processed without all appropriate elements supplied.

If you have any further questions about the MSc in Counselling, please contact Robert Elliott, Director of the Masters' course.

for Sep 2014 entry to part-time PG Diploma counselling (Admission Code : EDPDPT)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2014 entry to full-time PG Diploma counselling (Admission Code : EDPD9)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

 

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today. 

for Sep 2014 entry to full-time MSc counselling (Admission Code : EDMSC3)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2014 entry to part-time MSc counselling (Admission Code : EDMSPT)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time PG Diploma counselling (Admission Code : EDPD9)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time PG Diploma counselling (Admission Code : EDPDPT)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time MSc counselling (Admission Code : EDMSC3)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time MSc counselling (Admission Code : EDMSPT)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

Contact Us

Rm 670, Graham Hills Building
40 George Street
Glasgow G1 1QE

t: +44 (0)141 548 3414
f: +44 (0)141 548 4001

hass-courses-psh@strath.ac.uk