PGCert 12 months, PGDip 12 months, MSc 24 months (all part-time)                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Who is the Programme For?

The programme is designed for those intending to make counselling a primary focus in their work setting and is professionally validated by the Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA).

Applicants will normally be graduates or able to provide evidence that they can work at postgraduate level.  They must have previous relevant counselling experience and/or introductory skills level training and be able to undertake counselling practice in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency. University of Aberdeen Image

Programme Features

The theoretical model and philosophical ethos of the programme are based on the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers.

The post-graduate diploma is designed to run over two years on a part-time basis. As well as attending the classroom based programme one day per week from 10am to 5pm throughout the academic year, there is an intensive residential teaching weekend in early June to mark the end of each academic year.

Successful completion of the diploma allows progression to the MSc. The Master's stage of the programme consists of the participation on the Dissertation course.

The programme aims to enable students to:

  • The anthropological, relational ethics foundations of person-centered counselling
  • Understand the philosophy, theory, and research concerning the person- centred approach.
  • Develop a high level of therapeutic presence and competence in person-centred counselling relationships.
  • Understand person-centred experiential and phenomenological foundations of therapeutic processes.
  • Participate in encounter groups to deepen learning through interaction offers individuals an awareness of their professional developmental needs and the use of counselling and supervision.
  • Evaluate the importance of personal development in relation to training as a person-centred counsellor.
  • Consider the effect of personal experience, values, and attitudes on the counsellor’s practice.
  • Develop critical understanding of the place person-centred counselling occupies in the field of counselling and the role counselling plays in society as a whole
  • knowledge of psychopathology, assessment formulations, case study and ethical dilemma presentations
  • Engage in expressed arts and embodied affectivity to work creatively with materials, sounds, words, marking making and movement.



The Diploma is awarded on completion of the course including:

  • full participation in the course
  • submission of the four summative assignments which meet the given criteria
  • submission and presentation of 5 audio files of practical work at regular intervals at the supervision group
  • maintenance of adequate and sufficient counselling opportunities during the programme
  • maintenance of sufficient and regular individual supervision during counselling practice
  • successful completion of the self and peer reviewed statement for readiness to practice (year one); self and peer-reviewed completion of the self-appraisal statement (year two)
  • On successful completion of the year one, progression to year two will be by interview.
  • The diploma includes a practice placement element of 180 hours (COSCA), 200 hours (BACP) of counselling practice.This qualification has been designed to meet the professional training requirements of both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and COSCA.

 Personal therapy requirement

  • Evaluating training offers the space, time and resource for developing greater critical self-awareness of their own process in relation to others
  • Understanding how this impacts the student counsellor’s work with clients,
  • Reflexivity as a crucial aspect of learning, via experiencing the process of counselling that they are being trained in, and will deliver to clients.

For further information please visit the prospectus or contact

To apply download the Application Form and Reference Form

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