MA Counselling


Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts



The MA Counselling provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of the person-centred approach. You will also receive training in academic research techniques and have the opportunity to produce an extended piece of research on an area of personal interest.

In Year 1, you will study the module Person-Centred Counselling. Person-centred or client-centred counselling, developed by the late Carl Rogers and his associates during the past fifty years, is underpinned by core principles and attitudes which distinguish it from both the analytical and cognitive/behavioural traditions.

In Year 2, you will focus on the research element of the course and produce a dissertation on an area of personal interest. You will meet regularly to discuss your work with an academic supervisor.

Overview

The MA in Counselling provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of the person-centred approach. You will also receive training in academic research techniques and have the opportunity to produce an extended piece of research on an area of personal interest. 

Year 1

19 September 2015 - 30 June 2016

In year 1, you will study the module Person-Centred Counselling. Person-centred or client-centred counselling, developed by the late Carl Rogers and his associates during the past fifty years, is underpinned by core principles and attitudes which distinguish it from both the analytical and cognitive/behavioural traditions.

The four core elements of theory, skills, personal development and supervision will be fully integrated wherever possible. The theoretical content of the course is covered by the following themes, presented in formal lectures and seminars, or through counselling skills workshops and supervision groups. 

  • The Person-Centred Approach
  • The Therapeutic Conditions
  • The Therapeutic Process
  • Key Concepts from Other Approaches
  • Professional Issues in Counselling

Year 2

In year 2, you will focus on the research element of the course and produce a 20,000 word dissertation on an area of personal interest. In preparation for writing your dissertation you will be: 

  • Introduced to the methods of research and their use in the systematic inquiry of counselling practice
  • Taught key skills and processes of research design, negotiation, data collection and analysis and the writing of research reports
  • Given insight into the ethical dilemmas of researching within the context of the therapeutic relationship
  • Supported while carrying out an individual research project
  • Shown techniques to critically analyse literature and the different approaches to research
  • Made aware of the personal and professional impact of doing research

Counselling Dissertation

  • 16 & 17 September 2016; 10.00-17.00
  • 14 & 15 October 2016; 10.00-17.00
  • 11 & 12 November; 10.00-17.00

Please note these dates are subject to change.

Course structure

The course begins annually in September. 

Year 1 of the course runs from September to June. The first and last weeks of the course are spent in intensive full-time training over five-day periods. The pattern for the remaining 30 weeks of the course will be the equivalent of three days a week in full-time training with two days devoted to counselling placement, individual supervision and personal study. 

Year 2 of the course also runs from September to June. The year will start with three two-day sessions. Thereafter, while carrying out an individual research project and writing the dissertation, you will meet regularly with an academic supervisor. 

Accredited Prior Learning

If you are considering transferring credits from previous qualifications to study this course, please see the University APL/APEL policy for further information. Please note that there is a charge of £120 to transfer any previous credits. 

Centre for Counselling Studies

See the Centre for Counselling Studies website for more details including information about the doctoral programme, other counselling related courses and a staff list.

Brochures

School Brochure (PDF)

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLING

The course is designed to offer training of sufficient duration and depth to equip the successful course member to practice professionally in the role of counsellor. The course programme ensures that full attention is paid to achieving a balance of work on: (i)the understanding of counselling theory. (ii)the acquisition of counselling attitudes and skills. (iii)using group and individual supervision. (iv)monitoring and furthering personal development. (v)practical counselling experience. (vi)spiritual dimensions of counselling.

EDUC7005Y

120

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

COUNSELLING DISSERTATION

This module is intended for counsellors and psychotherapists. It aims to deepen and consolidate your knowledge and appreciation of person-centred or focusing and experiential psychotherapy theory and practice through carrying out research into professional practice. It will also provide you with knowledge and insight into the research process; develop your skills in understanding, analysing and applying research findings to professional practice; and encourage you to view research as integral to good professional practice.

EDUC7004X

60

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Any Subject

Entry Requirement

Applicants will normally be expected to be graduates (of any discipline), but those with other professional qualifications or who can demonstrate appropriate academic skills will be considered. More importantly, applicants will be expected to have undertaken previous counselling or counselling skills training. 

Applicants from the UK should have undertaken or be in the process of undertaking a Certificate in Counselling Skills, ideally in the person-centre approach, and overseas applicants should be able to demonstrate significant experience in a helping role.

Applicants applying for the second year of the MA in Counselling (dissertation only) are expected to have the equivalent of the PG Diploma in Counselling. Applicants without an equivalent qualification will need to study the PG Diploma in Counselling for the first year of the MA programme.  Further information on this course can be found here.

More details regarding entry requirements are in the course brochure, but the most important thing is to ensure that you have engaged in appropriate counselling skills training prior to making your application.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  •  IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 listening, 6.0 speaking, 6.5 writing 6.5 reading)
  •  PTE (Pearson): 68 (minimum 55 listening, 55 speaking, 62 writing, 62 reading)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Special Entry Requirements

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Check

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN: Disclosure of Criminal Background for Those with Access to Children
All applicants who have been offered a place to study the course will be required to obtain a fresh Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure.

An application pack will be sent from the University (this usually happens from April onwards). This should be completed and returned as soon as possible.

General information about this process can be obtained from the UK Governments Disclosure and Barring Service website.

Alternative Qualifications

Applicants wishing to transfer credits from previous qualifications will need to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL).  The University APL/APEL Policy can be found at: http://www.uea.ac.uk/calendar/section3/regs(gen)/apl_apel-policy.  Please note that there is a charge of £120 if credits are carried forward from a previous award.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2016/7 are:

Year 1 PG Diploma in Counselling:

UK/EU Students: £7,150

Overseas Students: £14,500

Year 2 MA Counselling:

UK/EU Students: £2,380 per 60 credits

International Students: TBC

50% Final Year Undergraduate Continuation Scholarships

Current final year UEA undergraduate students who gain a 1st class degree and progress onto a postgraduate course in September 2016 will receive a 50% fee reduction scholarship. Those who do not gain a 1st class degree will still be eligible for the 10% UEA Alumni Scholarship outlined below. Terms and conditions apply. 

UEA Alumni 10% Scholarships

A scholarship of a 10% fee reduction is available to UEA Alumni looking to return for postgraduate study at UEA in September 2016. Terms and conditions apply.

How to Apply

Please note that the PG Diploma in Counselling is full for entry in September 2016, therefore applicants who need to complete this course as part of the MA in Counselling should apply for entry in September 2017.

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

    Need to know more? Take a look at these pages to discover more about Postgraduate opportunities at UEA…

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515