Postgraduate Course

Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (incorporating PG Cert/PG Dip)


Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years, Part-time: 3 years

UK fee

£11,340 for the full course or £1,260 per 20 credits (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year of study (2024/25)

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Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

This course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), so you can be sure it’s relevant and recognised within the psychotherapeutic and health care profession. The course will help you to further your career and become a BACP accredited and autonomous counselling practitioner when you complete the full MSc.

The MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy provides an innovative approach to psychotherapeutic practice that enables you to learn about three different psychotherapeutic approaches; person-centered, attachment theory, and cognitive behaviour psychotherapy. A trans-theoretical model is used to provide a framework to integrate these theories to acknowledge the complexities of human problems in a meaningful way.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your understanding of the theoretical, social, cultural and ideological contexts in which your clients perceive, confront and manage problems. You’ll also consider and analyse major trends and orientations within integrative therapeutic work and develop your ability to identify and use appropriate sources of supervision within counselling practice.

Apart from the first module of the first year, you’ll need to engage in clinical supervised practice in your own place of work or in your placement. This will allow you to put your enhanced knowledge of counselling and psychotherapy into practice and is an important element of the course. The hours of clinical practice vary for each academic year.

The teaching will vary, depending on the module, to provide you with the most effective learning strategies. You can expect to learn through debates and discussions, experiential exercises, problem-solving, lectures and tutorials. Assessments also vary from written assignments through to practical assessments and a final dissertation at the master’s stage. Your personal tutor will support you in your studies.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy.

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What you will study

This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc.

You’ll study modules such as:

  • Integrating Psychotherapeutic Theory and Practice, includes the following modular assessments: 4,000-word assignment on theory and 2,000-words critical analysis of practice
  • Professional Practice 1, includes the following modular assessments: 3,000 words self-reflective journal and a portfolio evidencing professional practice
  • Current Developments in Psychotherapeutic Theory and Practice, includes the following modular assessments: two 2,500-word case study based on 2 recordings of supervised clinical practice in an audited placement
  • Research Methods, Ethics and Law in Psychotherapeutic Practice, includes the following modular assessments: 2,500-word assignment on therapeutic relationship and ethics/legal implications to practice and 2,500-word research proposal
  • Professional Integrative Practice, includes the following modular assessments: 2 x 3,000-word case studies based on 2 recordings of supervised clinical practice in an audited placement and a presentation of the above to a panel of academic staff
  • Professional Practice 2, includes the following modular assessments: 3,000-word summary of self-reflective journal and a portfolio evidencing professional practice
  • Independent Scholarship, includes the following modular assessments: 10,000-15,000-word dissertation or thesis 10% less or more, 3000-word summary of self-reflective diary and a portfolio evidencing professional practice

Assessment Regulations

In accordance with the University Quality Assessment Regulations there is an annual assessment process which defines that an external examiner examines all work after internal moderation. The external examiner is appropriately qualified and has no current inappropriate relationship with other courses or members of the course. The external examiner must receive a sample of work monitor and safeguards the standard of the students’ assessed course work.

Students are assessed prior to working in agencies by completing a recorded counselling session with an unknown client (actor).  Students are required to critically assess their interaction demonstrating their depth of knowledge and understanding of counselling skills and theories. This assignment is a case study of 2500 word in which students critically analyse the client’s presenting issues in relation to the learned theories and skills.  This assignment is supported by a 4000-word written piece of work that is focused on theoretical understanding in relation to practice.  ALL STUDENTS MUST PASS THIS BEFORE GOING ON PLACEMENTS; all students must also have clinical supervisors, indemnity insurance and BACP membership in place before starting placements.

Placement hours are subject to change.

Each agency where students work with ‘real’ clients is required to agree to a three-way contract that enables the parties involved to be able to contact the other where concerns are raised about student’s practice.

All assessment and learning outcomes are explained by the programme leader to ensure consistency is maintained across the board for all students. All outcomes for the module are explained in writing and verbally by the programme leader and module leaders. Any student who might need a one to one on assessment is seen by the module leader or programme leader to ensure that the learning outcomes are completely understood by all.

Feedback to students on all work procedure as follows:

In case of students who have not met the learning outcomes, feedback is not posted on Turnitin until the programme leader has informed them by phone of the outcome. After this conversation, a meeting is arranged with the marker, the student and the programme leader face to face to explain the feedback and outcome. Measures at this point are put in for the students in order to support them to redo their work and pass the module.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Teaching methods are varied to provide the best possible application to clinical practice. You will learn from enquiry-based learning to help develop high level problem-solving skills, ongoing supervision and case management, experiential and skills-based workshops, video work, seminars, group working, counselling and psychotherapy skills training and lecture-based teaching and discussion. You will also develop skills in critical reflection and evaluation helping you to develop the ability for autonomous practice.

How you're assessed

The programme uses a wide variety of assessment methods including written assignments; video/audio work; construction of a professional portfolio including a summary of self-reflective diary, summative and formative presentation - viva voce.

All work is assessed in terms of the modular and generic learning outcomes. Each module has two or three learning outcomes which are then assessed via the module assessment schedule. The assessment strategy is dependent on the location of the learning outcome in one of four domains: cognitive, attitudinal, psychomotor, or transferable.

Feedback is provided for all assessed work using the Postgraduate grading scale and using standardised feedback grids that maintain clarity of observations and identification of content. Formative assessments and feedback are provided to the students through tutorials that are incorporated into the modular timetable and summative assessments are provided in February and July each year.

The course operates within the university policy of personal tutors.

A sample of assignments from each module are internally and externally moderated to ensure parity and quality of feedback to students.

Entry requirements

Interview information

Fees and funding

2024/25 (August 2024 - July 2025)


£11,340 for the full course or £1,260 per 20 credits

£1,260 per 20 credits


£14,900 per year of study


Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

Additional costs and optional extras

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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International student scholarships

We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students which can be used together to offer a reduction in your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

English language entry requirements must be achieved and evidenced as part of an application and before an interview can be offered for this programme.


Past graduates have been employed in a wide variety of counselling settings such as general practice, health and social services, the police, accident and emergency services, HR, education, voluntary organisations and private practice.

Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy graduate, Sofia Tanzanu, stood in front of a brick wall

I think it is invaluable to be able to learn from such accomplished professionals. I always felt inspired and motivated by their genuine passion. Without a doubt, the journey I went through during the course has prepared me for a career in mental health.

Sofia Tanzanu
MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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