Introduction

Training as a Person-Centred Counsellor allows you to join the growing number of professionals providing life changing therapy. This therapeutic approach is based on the human potential model; belief in people’s ability to grow and sits at the heart of positive psychology.

This programme is studied on campus.

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 part-time over 2 years, successful completion of which allows progression to the MSc. The Master's stage of the programme consists of the participation on the 'Work Based Project and Dissertation Course.'

This qualification has been designed to meet the professional training requirements of COSCA, with the Diploma consisting of a minimum 400 tutor contact hours and 180 client hours.

The programme aims to enable students to:

  • Understand the philosophy, theory and research of the person-centred approach
  • Develop a high level of awareness of, and competence in, person-centred counselling relationships
  • Understand person-centred therapeutic process
  • Develop awareness of their professional developmental needs and how to fully use 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 practice
  • Develop critical understanding of where the person-centred modality is placed in the field of counselling and the role counselling plays in society as a whole
  • Place individual counselling practice within a sound ethical framework as outlined in the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and the COSCA Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice.
  • Keep accurate and up-to-date records of client work in accordance with professional body ethical guidelines (BACP 2018, COSCA 2018).

Closing date 30th April

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc, PgCert or PgDip
Duration
12 months, 24 months or 36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September
Location of Study
Aberdeen

Study Options

MSc 36 months On Campus Learning Part Time September
Stage 1

Stage 1

Compulsory Courses

Foundations of Person - Centred Counselling (ED50NA) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 1st module of the counselling programme.

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Therapeutic Process in Person - Centred Counselling (ED55NB) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 2nd module of the counselling programme.

View detailed information about this course

Stage 2

Stage 2

Compulsory Courses

Development of Professional Counselling Practice (ED50NC) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 3rd module of the counselling programme.

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Reflexivity and Professional Enquiry (ED55ND) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 4th module of the counselling programme.

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Stage 3

Stage 3

Compulsory Courses

Work - Based Project / Dissertation (ED50PJ) - 60 Credit Points

This course will support you to frame, specify, plan, implement and report an academic or work-related research-based investigation or development. The course is available if you have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma and allows you to complete your Masters degree. Normally your diploma should have included courses which introduced the process and methods of conducting research. The work based project/dissertation course requires sustained independent research and you will receive individual or small group supervision. You will also have the opportunity to engage with workshops and online resources as part of a community of researchers in education and related areas.

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PgCert 12 months On Campus Learning Part Time September
Stage 1

Stage 1

Compulsory Courses

Foundations of Person - Centred Counselling (ED50NA) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 1st module of the counselling programme.

View detailed information about this course

Therapeutic Process in Person - Centred Counselling (ED55NB) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 2nd module of the counselling programme.

View detailed information about this course

Stage 2

Stage 2

Compulsory Courses

Development of Professional Counselling Practice (ED50NC) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 3rd module of the counselling programme.

View detailed information about this course

Reflexivity and Professional Enquiry (ED55ND) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 4th module of the counselling programme.

View detailed information about this course

PgDip 24 months On Campus Learning Part Time September
Stage 1

Stage 1

Compulsory Courses

After completing 4 Diploma courses participants may move to the Master’s stage by completing:

  • a four module Dissertation; or
  • a four module Counselling Related Research Study
Foundations of Person - Centred Counselling (ED50NA) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 1st module of the counselling programme.

View detailed information about this course

Therapeutic Process in Person - Centred Counselling (ED55NB) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 2nd module of the counselling programme.

View detailed information about this course

Stage 2

Stage 2

Compulsory Courses

Development of Professional Counselling Practice (ED50NC) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 3rd module of the counselling programme.

View detailed information about this course

Reflexivity and Professional Enquiry (ED55ND) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 4th module of the counselling programme.

View detailed information about this course

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Attendance is one full day each week at university, after an initial 4-day induction. Learning on the PG Diploma involves many elements required in the Counselling profession and is quite different from usual University learning. This means there is an emphasis placed on experiential and relational learning, which is central to the course operation and ethos.

Learning on Placements

Students are expected to be on practice placement from year one. This client work will usually take place in existing agencies offering counselling placements. Programme members are responsible for organising their own counselling practice. Trainees should make the approach to agencies and negotiate their working agreement with them, with the support of the programme’s Practice Placement Co-ordinator. Placements need to be undertaken on a voluntary basis.

(A full registration on the PG Cert/PG Diploma or MSc is required alongside ‘readiness to practice’ and a current Protecting Vulnerable Groups Certification (PVG Scheme) before students are able to undertake a practice placement).

Residential learning

There is a residential weekend at the Burn at the end of each academic year. This residential component allows for deeper experiential learning away for the academic environment.

Learning Methods

  • Clinical Learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Peer Learning
  • Professional Placements
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

A significant aim of the course is to support and encourage the development of 'reflexive practitioners’, able to offer and use constructive feedback. Through the process of self, peer, and tutor assessments, the programme members will have the opportunity to realise and understand the impact of their personal power and responsibility in the process of becoming recognised as professional counsellors.

Why Study Person-Centred Counselling?

  • At Aberdeen, you are able to develop personal qualities deemed necessary for facilitating competent and reflective counselling relationships.
  • To develop self-awareness, reflective ability and an in depth understanding of the person-centred therapeutic process.
  • To enhance the wellbeing of people and communities within our society.
  • To develop a sound foundation for ethical practice, based on the COSCA Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice.

Entry Requirements

Individuals on this course will need a high level of critical self-awareness and a willingness to reflect on their own process. Readiness to enter a programme, which has at its centre the students own personal development is desirable. Voluntary or professional experience of support work with adults is also desirable.

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:2 or above from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this qualification may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Director subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of experience, appropriate to the field of study. Additionally, applicants must prove they have relevant credit bearing counselling skills such as through the completion of COSCA Counselling Skills 1 and 2.

A student membership of Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA) is advised and a PVG check will be required to be in place before the start of the programme.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person

Fees and Funding

Additional Costs

Supervision: a minimum of 30 hours of professional supervision. Reduced rates for students’, which are typically in the region of £30 to £40 per hour, while full supervision rates are in the region of £45 to £60 per hour.

Personal Therapy: Although not a requirement for COSCA membership personal therapy is highly recommended. Costs between £30-£80 per session. Some agencies run a donation-based service.

Residential weekend at the Burn – costs available on request

MSc 36 months On Campus Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £1,750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
Home / EU / RUK Students £2,150
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £1,750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
International Students £2,150
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2019/20 Academic Year
PgCert 12 months On Campus Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £1,750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
Home / EU / RUK Students £2,150
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £1,750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
International Students £2,150
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2019/20 Academic Year
PgDip 24 months On Campus Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £1,750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
Home / EU / RUK Students £2,150
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £1,750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
International Students £2,150
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2019/20 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

The James Carnegie maintenance scholarship for postgraduate students is available with this degree.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

On completion of the validated Diploma, students can register as a qualified counsellor with the professional bodies. There are growing opportunities for employment in the third sector, in EAP companies and for working in private practice. There are also opportunities in Human Resources, Occupational Health and in health services as a counsellor or Wellbeing Practitioner.

Career Opportunities

  • Counsellor

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by COSCA.

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
School of Education
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King's College
Aberdeen
AB24 5UA