Introduction

Do you want to help people change the way they perceive themselves towards a healthier more fulfilling thought process of self worth and meaning? Develop your competency in Person Centred Counselling by growing your knowledge and skills in a range of counselling situations with this popular self development programme. Counselling is now a recognised area of mental health therapy in the UK with a growing range of career options.

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 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.

The programme aims to enable students to:

  • The anthropological, relational ethics foundations of person-centered counselling
  • Understand the phenomenological philosophy, and research concerning the person- centred approach.
  • Develop a high level of therapeutic presence, competence in person-centred counselling relationships.
  • 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, attitudes on the counsellor’s practice.
  • Develop critical understanding of the place person-centred counselling 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 material, sounds, words, marking making and movement.

Personal therapy requirement- 20hrs per taught year:

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

This course requires trainee practitioners to be in counselling themselves, although this is not a requirement for COSCA membership. Personal therapy can cost between £30-£80 per session. Some agencies run a donation based service or counsellors may have a trainee rate. Students are required to access a minimum of 20hrs per year of study.

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.

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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

Placement Opportunities for Learning

Students are required to be in supervised and in approved practice placements from year one of the course onwards. Placements and supervision outside of Aberdeenshire will be considered. Practice placement coordinator (email janet.mowat@abdn.ac.uk) will assist students to find a suitable placement and discuss any conflict of interest or dual relationships issues in consultation with the programme director. Placements need to be undertaken on a voluntary basis. This programme does not support students in private practice.

Approved supervisors offer face to face supervision. Students are normally required to complete at least two different placements (generic and specialist) in order to accrue the necessary 180/200 hours of client work depending on the professional body COSCA the student would like to register with. The hours will be accrued in respect of one to one work with adults.

Students are also required to have personal therapy, comprising of a minimum of 12 hours per academic year which will be documented in the practice logs. Their therapists should have an orientation that is compatible with the humanistic approach.

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.

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 competent and reflective counselling relationships.
  • You develop your own self awareness, reflection and understand the person-centred theraputic process.
  • You understand where your field of counselling fits within societies needs as a whole.
  • You develop a sound ethical framework as outlined in 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. Voluntary or professional experience of support work with adults is desirable. Successful applicants will be required to carry out a placement where they will be working with clients.

There is a residential weekend at the Burn at the end of each academic year in the programme to allow you to engage with peer evaluation, student-led experiential learning and to explore the expressed arts.

The diploma includes a practice placement of 180 hours minimum of counselling practice (COSCA).

Students on all Counselling and Psychotherapy Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research Programmes will be required to join the Scottish Government Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme in order to be eligible to take up a post either in a paid or voluntary capacity.

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.

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.

Closed to new applications for 2018-19

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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 Training Costs

Supervision: Students on the programme are required to undertake a minimum of 40 hours of professional supervision in relation to their placement practice.

Students will have to pay for their own regular independent supervision from the approved supervisors list to indicate if they offer reduced rates for counselling students. Reduced rates 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.

MSc 36 months On Campus Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £1,670
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
Home / EU / RUK Students £2,050
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £1,670
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
International Students £2,050
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2018/19 Academic Year
PgCert 12 months On Campus Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £1,670
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
Home / EU / RUK Students £2,050
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £1,670
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
International Students £2,050
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2018/19 Academic Year
PgDip 24 months On Campus Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £1,670
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
Home / EU / RUK Students £2,050
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £1,670
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
International Students £2,050
Modular fee programmes - Dissertation Stage - Tuition fee for 2018/19 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

Qualified professional counsellors or psychotherapists are able to work as private practitioners. Further opportunities are available in charities, business organisations, educational, health and social care settings. There is also a growing number of opportunities to work for Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Providers, Human Resources, Occupational Health settings.

On completing, new counsellors can apply for Counsellor Membership with Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centered Counselling will allow individuals to access a diverse range of advance professional study opportunities within the School of Education and across the university.

Career Opportunities

  • Counsellor

Accreditation

Personal Therapy: Students are required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy annually whilst completing the diploma programme. We consider personal therapy as an integral part of counselling training for future counsellors by engaging with the process supports the development of knowledge and reflexive skills help trainees promote self-awareness. In most counselling and psychotherapy training departments and professional bodies across European countries a certain number of hours of personal therapy are mandatory to qualify for admission to the profession.

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

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