Psychotherapy & Counselling  - MA

The MA Psychotherapy & Counselling provides an intermediate pre-professional training, and includes taught, clinical, experiential and self-directed components.

Upon completion you will be able to go on to the final stage of training that leads to eligibility for UKCP membership as an integrative or existential psychotherapist.

Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.

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Why should I choose this programme?

This programme offers a broad knowledge of theories of psychotherapy and the work of key historical and contemporary figures.

It will enable you to:

  • Develop your individual approach to the practice of psychotherapy and counselling
  • Gain self-insight. evaluate your personal beliefs and identify prejudices that may affect your clinical practice
  • Apply your knowledge and skills in an approved clinical placement under the supervision of experienced practitioners
  • Develop your knowledge of research methods and carry out an in-depth ethical investigation into a relevant topic

Key skills, aims and objectives

  • Gain eligibility for professional training at advanced diploma level
  • Prepare for psychotherapy practice by learning skills in the safe environment of the classroom
  • Demonstrate a capacity for self-insight gained through personal therapy, and for ongoing self-evaluation and reflection on personal beliefs and prejudices that may affect clinical practice
  • Gain knowledge of research methods and carry out an in-depth ethical investigation into a relevant topic
  • Start to develop an individual approach to the practice of psychotherapy and counselling

Future opportunities

Upon completion of the programme you will be eligible to progress to one of our Advanced Diploma courses (in Integrative or Existential Psychotherapy), which is the final stage of training that leads to eligibility for UKCP membership.


The MA is a part-time programme. The taught components of the programme extend over two academic years, followed by time to write your dissertation.

The dissertation is normally completed in the third academic year of study. In exceptional and extenuating circumstances this period may be extended, but the dissertation must be completed within a maximum of three additional years.

Additional information

Prior to the start of the course (normally the week before), students are required to attend the Induction to the course. This is an important all day event (normally, 09:15 – 16:30) where students register and are introduced to appropriate University facilities, systems and staff. Students are introduced to teaching staff and the student presentations will be set for the first term of study.

The taught components of the programme extend over two academic years, consisting of six 10-week terms.

You will receive at least six hours of direct tuition per week, over one day, and will need additional time for independent study, research and essay preparation.

Spring (January) Intake: Wednesdays, 10:00-17:00
Summer (May) Intake: Tuesdays, 10:00-17:00
Autumn (September) Intake: Thursdays, 10:00-17:00, or Fridays 10:00-17:00

There are three different levels of award from this course, depending on how much of the programme you cover.

  • Year 1 - you may exit the programme with the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • Years 1 and 2 - you may exit the programme with the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • Years 1 and 2 - completion of the whole programme, together with a 14,000-16,000 word dissertation leads to the award of MA Psychotherapy & Counselling

Students also take a four day Research Methods Seminar module which introduces them to a variety of research methods in preparation for undertaking the dissertation. This module consists of one day in week 11 for the first four terms of the taught course.

Clinical placements
Clinical placements begin in the second year of the programme, and require at least half a day (usually more) each week, both during and outside term time.

You will need to gather at least 100 supervised client contact hours before you can progress to one of our Advanced Diploma courses. The School’s Clinical Placements Coordinator, and the Careers & Business Relations Department, are available to advise you on how to find a clinical placement.

Personal therapy
You are required to be in individual therapy of at least one hour a week with a UKCP registered therapist throughout the course.

Personal tutors
In years 1 and 2 each cohort of students is assigned a personal tutor who is available to offer guidance and support during the course.

Candidates for the MA are required to write a dissertation exploring a relevant subject. This should be 14,000 to 16,000 words in length. You will prepare your dissertation with the assistance of an academic supervisor. It will be evaluated by two readers. A viva examination may take place after submission of the dissertation.


  • Psychoanalytic Approaches to Psychotherapy
  • Existential-Phenomenological Approaches to Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic and Integrative Approaches to Psychotherapy
  • Contemporary Theory and Practice in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Contemporary Theory and Practice in Existential Psychotherapy
  • Contemporary Theory and Practice in Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Research Methods in Psychotherapy: Academic, Clinical and Professional Skills
  • Clinical Placement

See module descriptions

Future start dates

26 April 2016

Apply online for April 2016

Apply online for September 2016

Apply online for January 2017

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Fees 2015/16 

Annual tuition fee: £6,650
Registration fee: £920 
Dissertation submission fee: £1,500
Non-EU advance deposit: £2,000

Fees 2016/17 

Annual tuition fee: £6,900 
Registration fee: £920 
Dissertation submission fee: £1,500
Non-EU advance deposit: £2,000

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You will need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any discipline* as well as a Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling of a minimum of 120 hours**.

We also require at least six months’ professional experience in an allied area (such as nursing, social work, teaching, human resources or mediation) or in a voluntary capacity in a helping or supportive context (such as befriending, mentoring or telephone helpline counselling).

You will need to demonstrate sufficient maturity and life experience to be capable of undertaking clinical training. Experience of personal therapy is desirable, but not required.

Please note: you will be expected to attend an interview before an unconditional offer can be made.

*If you have not completed an undergraduate degree you must have at least two years’ experience of working professionally in an allied area or in a voluntary capacity.
**It is desirable to have completed RUL’s Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling.

English requirements

Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.

If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English proficiency, such as the IELTS with an overall score of 7.0

For more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us: 

How to apply

Step 1 Apply

Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One letter of academic reference and one reference detailing professional/clinical experience
  • A 600-1000 word personal statement/essay outlining your background; how you feel you would benefit from the course of study; and why you feel you would make a suitable candidate for the course
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at:
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency
  • Application Fee
  • CV/résumé
  • Details of professional/voluntary psychotherapy and counselling work experience

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer.* If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

* Please note: applicants will be expected to attend an interview before an unconditional offer can be made.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
  • Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships

Regent's Postgraduate Progressions Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to entrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you.

Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. The higher your degree classification, the higher the scholarship amount you will be awarded.

  • 1st class degree = 15% tuition fee reduction 
  • 2:1 class degree = 10% tuition fee reduction
  • 2:2 class degree = 5% tuition fee reduction

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding for students studying at Regent's University London

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Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2016-17

Please note that application for the 2016-17 academic year is not yet open. We were informed that applications will open at the end of June 2016. Please check back then for further information.

Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).

Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.

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Study methods

Learning methods include tutorials, independent study, group work, engagement with your own therapeutic experience and clinical practice guided by experienced professionals.

You must also remain in once-weekly individual psychotherapy with a UKCP member therapist throughout your training.

Assessment structure

Assessment is continuous. It is based on:

  • Student presentations
  • Essays - One academic theory essay per term. One Reflexive Skills essay each term in the first year only
  • Participation in discussions in academic seminars, skills training sessions and training supervision and the completion of a ‘Participation form’ each term.
  • Participation and reflection on learning within the personal and professional development group (PPD group) at the end of each course day. Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate self-evaluation and self-reflection including acknowledging their level of participation in group work as part of the Reflexive Skills essays in year 1. In year 2, reflection on learning relevant to personal and professional development is included in the clinical process reports and case study.
  • In Year 2, two clinical process reports and a case study as well as clinical placement feedback are required.

Students with disabilities

Some classes are delivered in teaching rooms accessed by stairs. If you have a condition that affects your mobility and you require ground-floor rooms, or rooms with lift access, please notify Student Registry as soon as possible. You are also advised to contact the Disability Officer.

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Last updated: 18 May 2016


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Key information

Psychotherapy & Counselling
Regent's School of Psychotherapy & Psychology
Part time
2 years + dissertation *
£6,650 *
Next start date
26 April 2016 *
Study abroad
Regent's University London

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees, scholarships and future start dates

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