Due to the continued success and high demand for places on this course, you are encouraged to apply early to start the course in September 2016.
Join a diverse and professional community that has a person-centred experiential approach at the very heart of what we do. We are a team with a unique blend of practice and academic backgrounds and experience. View more about the history of the course.
We specialise in Counselling for Children and Young People and Adults Across the Lifespan. Our exciting programme is flexible and covers all areas of practice. The programme prepares you for work as a practitioner in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Find out more about Person-Centered Experiential Counselling.
The course is available to study two years full-time or four years part-time.
You may find it helpful to view our frequently asked questions.
We run a seminar series linked with this course. View our upcoming seminars.
Why choose our MA?
On our programme you will:
- engage creatively with issues in contemporary society
- choose between two specialisms, Counselling for Adults across the Lifespan (AAL) and Counselling for Children and Young People (CYP)
- belong to a vibrant counselling and psychotherapy community
- study in a world class university with an award winning sustainable environment
You will benefit from:
- a 40 year tradition of counselling training at The University of Nottingham
- leading scholars and practitioners in the field of counsellor training
- developing within a growth oriented experiential learning environment
- access to superb learning resources and leading research
On completion of the course you:
- will leave with an internationally recognised counselling qualification
- may become a leader in the field of counselling working in education, schools, health, community, private and public sectors
- will meet requirements to become a counsellor with accreditation
- will be prepared for doctoral studies in counselling and psychotherapy
Meet the Tutors
Completion of the MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy programme can be used towards meeting the required number of training hours for individual accreditation with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The programme starts in September and can be taken over two years full-time or four years part-time and teaching takes place on a Tuesday and Wednesday from 1.30pm-6pm with occasional attendance required at weekends. You can view the course timetable for 2015/16 but please note this is subject to change.
Assessments include written essays, case studies, presentations and a portfolio. Find out more about our Experiential Learning Methods.
There are two specialist pathways to gain the MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy - Adults Across the Lifespan or Children and Young People.
On qualifying you are eligible to join the Counselling and Psychotherapy Associates (CAPA), University of Nottingham, whilst building up your hours of practice. On reaching accredited status, full membership as an Associate is conferred.
The MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a seamless experience from beginner to qualified practitioner.
The programme is open to graduates of any subject that want to train to as a person-centred experiential counsellor and psychotherapist. As a graduate you are not required to have prior experience in counselling or psychotherapy. The course ensures that you will develop all the skills required.
For entry to the course you would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 level or above, or its international equivalent. You will also be required to evidence experience in a helping or supporting role over one year. This can be in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
We will interview all applicants to the programme that meet our entry requirements.
We will consider applications from people that do not have a degree. Entry to the course without a degree requires you to have a Level 4 Diploma and two years' experience as a counsellor or psychotherapist, or similar experience in a closely related professional role, and completion of a 3,000 word essay.
You will also require a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) prior to commencement of the course.
If your first language is not English, you must achieve either:
- an overall score on the IELTS test* of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element
- a pass with Merit on a preparation course at the Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham
*Please note IELTS test scores have a shelf life of two years. You are required to have a current and valid IELTS test score for entry to this course.
How to apply
Please go to the University's How to Apply webpages for further information.
To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following deadline applies:
|Mode of Study ||Students ||Start Date ||Application Deadline |
|Part-time and full-time
||Home/EU and international
||19 September 2016
||31 August 2016 (full-time international students must apply by 11 August 2016)
Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)
If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply on entry for exemption for credit requirements of the course. Please visit our ROL pages for further information and guidance on how to apply for ROL.
Children and Young People (CYP) Specialist Pathway
The MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a specialist pathway for those preparing to work with children and young people. The programme shares core modules with the Adults Across the Lifespan pathway, but also includes one 60-credit specialist module.
This pathway helps students prepare for therapeutic work with children and young people in a range of settings within education such as schools, colleges and university, young people in social care or mental health services or those in youth and criminal justice settings.
Children and Young People specialist module: The Lives of Children and Young People: systems, contexts and approaches
The Lives of Children and Young People: systems, contexts and approaches is a year-long specialist pathway module. The module is based on a deep and reflective process of inquiry into the experiences of young people. Using and drawing on personal experiences, media, the arts and artifacts from our social world, a thorough appreciation of the issues facing young people in contemporary society can be generated. This awareness is grounded in and subjected to critical analysis through comparative theory.
Adults Across the Lifespan (AAL) Specialist Pathway
The MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a specialist pathway for those looking to train for working with adults across the lifespan. The programme shares core modules with the Children and Young People pathway but also includes one 60-credit specialist module.
This pathway helps prepare for working therapeutically with adults across the lifespan in a range of settings across the public and private sectors. Graduates from this pathway are prepared for working across the whole adult lifespan including those seeking therapy for severe mental distress and those seeking therapy for personal growth and development.
Adults Across the Lifespan Specialist module: Power, Politics and Social Cultural World
Power, politics and the social cultural world is the specialist pathway module focused on gaining a deep yet broad appreciation for the factors that influence human functioning. This module will look at the effects of power and equality in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. The module offers the chance to study through large group experience.
Up-to-date fees information and advice on funding opportunities can be found on our student fees and finance webpages.
Please note: Fees shown are for the academic year 2016/17. As this is a two-year full-time programme, you will pay the 2017/18 fee rate for the second year of study. Part-time fees are pro rata per annum.
Opportunities for postgraduate funding through internal and external sources can be viewed on The University of Nottingham Graduate School website.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary and secondary school teachers and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study and study for professional development within their chosen career.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 91.9% of postgraduates in the School of Education who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,833 with the highest being £39,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.
Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.