- Study a course accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), so you can be sure it's relevant and recognised throughout the profession
- Build on your theoretical psychotherapeutic understanding to become a reflective practitioner, by improving your clinical skills and deepening your personal insight
- Develop your psychotherapeutic theory and skills in an intellectually creative and stimulating environment
- Develop transferable research skills related to psychotherapy and provide an opportunity to develop confidence in a self-critical and reflective approach to study
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.
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 behavior 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 provide 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.
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
- Professional Practice 1
- Current Developments in Psychotherapeutic Theory and Practice
- Research Methods, Ethics and Law in Psychotherapeutic Practice
- Professional Integrative Practice
- Professional Practice 2
How you're assessed
There are some practical assessments, written assignments, and the final dissertation at the Masters stage.
2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)
£800 per 20 credits*
£800 per 20 credits*
£14,250 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 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.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Additional costs and optional extras
This course will be closing applications for September 2020 entry in April.
This course isn't accepting applications for September 2019.
Should this change and the programme not reach the required recruitment target, this course will re-open to applications and this page will be updated with any further information.
Find out more about our Gathered Field Policy.
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.
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† Additional information about your studies
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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, state-of-the-art 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.
Included in your fees
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Travel costs to placements
- Core textbooks approx. £300
- Professional membership of BACP as a student member
- Clinical supervision fortnightly for three years approx. £30-£60 per session
- Professional liability insurance varying cost
- Personal therapy in year one and two
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Other relevant textbooks approx. £300
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.