Psychotherapy & Counselling


Programme details

  • Next start date: 30 Sep 2019
  • Study: Part-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fee: September 2019: £8,100 | January 2020: TBC

*Please note that as this is a part-time programme, we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.*

Mental health and wellbeing are becoming increasingly more important factors in society, at work and generally in all aspects of life.

This programme allows you to develop knowledge and understanding of three major psychotherapy approaches and learn how to integrate theory and practice. It also includes a year of supervised clinical practice.

You will study the following approaches to psychotherapy:

  • Existential-Phenomenological
  • Humanistic and Integrative
  • Psychoanalytic

The programme provides opportunities for self-reflection and encourages the development of a personal integration of theory, practice and personal development.

In addition to the core curriculum, there is a series of Research Methods seminars designed to assist students to complete the dissertation in year 3. Our students produce high-quality research, with some having their dissertations published in academic journals.

You are required to remain in once-weekly individual psychotherapy with a UKCP registered therapist throughout your training.

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.

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This is a part-time programme lasting three years. For the first two years you will follow a structured teaching programme. In the third year, you will undertake on self-guided research and develop your dissertation with the supervisor’s help and guidance.

Additional information

Prior to the start of the course, students are required to attend the Induction to the course. This is an important all day event (normally, 09:00 – 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: Tuesdays, 10:00-17:00

Autumn (September) Intake: Thursdays, 10:00-17:00, or Fridays 10:00-17:00

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.

Year 1

In the first year, you will attend teaching sessions.

Module Title Credits Overview
Existential-Phenomenological Approaches to Psychotherapy 20 credits This module introduces the central concerns of the existential-phenomenological view of the world, its antecedents and foundations in existential philosophy and, critically, how it is applied to the practice of psychotherapy. You will examine the work of major philosophers of existence and take an existential approach to psychotherapy as a means of understanding concepts such as ‘truth’ and ‘meaning’ in the context of clinical practice.
Humanistic and Integrative Approaches to Psychotherapy 20 credits This module provides an understanding of humanistic and integrative approaches to psychotherapy, taking in experiential and spiritual/transpersonal phenomena as well as the socio-political dimension. You will consider these approaches in historical context and in terms of the development of ideas, and explore concepts of self in order to deepen your capacity for ‘openness to being’ in yourself and others.
Psychoanalytic Approaches to Psychotherapy 20 credits This module looks at the origins and development of psychoanalytic theory and the major concepts that underpin it. You will explore the divergent views of various schools of psychoanalysis on theory and concepts, as well as the controversies that result. You will also look at how various approaches to psychoanalytic theory and concepts may relate to psychoanalytic technique and skills, placing this in the wider context of psychotherapy.

Year 2

In your second year you will continue to receive teaching and will also begin clinical placement and receive training supervision. To complete this programme, you will need to accrue a minimum of 100 supervised clinical contact hours. This equates to over half a day each week, both during and outside term time.

Module Title Credits Overview
Contemporary Theory and Practice in Existential Psychotherapy 20 credits This advanced module looks at freedom in an existential context. You will explore existential perspectives on anxiety and guilt and on therapeutic creativity, ‘un-knowing’ as opposed to knowing, and time-limited existential psychotherapy including the various dimensions of time.
Contemporary Theory and Practice in Integrative Psychotherapy 20 credits This module explores the therapeutic relationship, frame and mind/body in the clinical context; therapeutic creativity in abstracts including dialogue, language, memory, emotions, moods and states of mind; values, ethics and spirituality; and sexuality including male/female, heterosexual/homosexual and erotic transference/counter transference.
Contemporary Theory and Practice in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 20 credits This advanced academic module looks at the relevance of Freudian thinking today, post-Kleinian developments, developmental psychology, attachment theory and the role of intersubjectivity in psychoanalytic thinking.

Year 3

You will work on a 14,000 -16,000 word dissertation and receive individual supervision during this process.

Module Title Credits Overview
Research in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Dissertation) 60 credits Research forms an integral part of the contemporary approach to learning in the field of psychotherapy. In research methods seminars, you will experience an in depth critical presentation of the main approaches to both quantitative and qualitative research today.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply 

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • One letter of recommendation detailing professional/clinical experience
  • A copy of your CV/resumé. If this does not include details of professional/voluntary psychotherapy and counselling work experience, then please submit a separate statement detailing this experience.
  • A 700-1000 word personal statement outlining your background, your reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2 Receive a response to your application

Your completed application along with all the relevant documentation will be assessed to determine whether you meet our entry requirements. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview which may be in person or via telephone/Skype. Shortly after the interview date the Admissions team will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

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Annual Tuition fee

Starting September 2019: £8,100
Starting January 2020: TBC

Dissertation submission fee: £1,500 

Non-refundable advance deposit


What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

This is a part-time programme lasting three years. For the first two years you will follow a structured teaching programme. In the third year, you will undertake on self-guided research and develop your dissertation with the supervisor’s help and guidance.

Academic Calendar

Contact hours and expected workload

During term time you will have at least six hours of contact time, which takes place on a single day. You will also need to allocate time for independent study.

You will be required to remain in once-weekly individual psychotherapy with a UKCP member therapist throughout your training. This is not included within the course fee and prices vary. You will also need to find your own therapist as it is not something that the University can provide.

Year 1

  • Academic seminars on theories of psychotherapy from psychoanalytic, existential-phenomenological and humanistic/integrative perspectives
  • Training seminars on skills from various approaches, as well as skills practice and evaluation
  • Experiential personal and professional development (PPD) groups
  • Academic seminars on research methods
  • Independent study
  • Own individual therapy

Year 2

  • Advanced academic seminars from the three core perspectives taught
  • An approved clinical placement in an organisational setting for a minimum of three terms to gather 100 supervised client contact hours (private practice is not accepted as a clinical placement)
  • Training supervision linking academic learning with the student’s clinical work and placement supervision
  • Experiential personal and professional development (PPD) groups
  • Academic seminar in research methods
  • Independent study
  • Own individual therapy

You will be supported throughout your placement and will discuss the experience in supervision groups of three or four students, led by a training supervisor.

Teaching staff

Each of our experienced staff are UKCP registered and practicing clinicians. They have many years of experience working clinically within the public, voluntary and private sectors. All staff are experienced at teaching at Master’s level.

Methods of assessment

A variety of methods of assessment are used during the programme.

These include:

  • Year 1: Student and tutor written and verbal evaluation of participation, essays, reflection on personal development, tutorials
  • Year 2: Student and tutor written and verbal evaluation of participation, essays, reflection on personal development, tutorials, process reports, clinical case study, supervisor’s evaluation of clinical competence, placement supervisor’s report

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

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

You will need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any discipline* as well as a prior training in psychotherapy / counselling (at a certificate or higher level), or equivalent training 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) or experience in a supportive role where using communication skills was paramount to the work.

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 Regent's University London Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling.

English requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • A completed Undergraduate degree studied in English from a majority English speaking country
  • IELTS: 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each individual component

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected]. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

After completing the programme you may wish to progress to our Advanced Diploma Existential Psychotherapy or Advanced Diplama Integrative Psychotherapy programmes, which is the final stage of training that leads to eligibility for UKCP registration as qualified professional.

Many of our graduates complete their training and go on to work in:

  • Counselling centres
  • Mental health charities
  • Private Practice
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • The NHS – Primary and Secondary sector

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MA in Psychotherapy & Counselling