Master Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue)

The University of Edinburgh

Tuition fee:
  • £ 13,550 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) is specifically designed for international students, with significant professional experience in related fields, who are seeking to gain a fully accredited professional qualification in counselling in the United Kingdom.

Combining academic rigour with high quality professional training, the programme provides unique opportunities for training, learning and research in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. The award of this degree allows graduates to practise as counsellors or therapists in the UK and in other countries with equivalent professional and academic standards.

The programme is founded in dialogue between the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives in counselling. It involves substantial placement practice (internships) with counselling clients.


Teaching and learning methods include experiential group work, supervised practice, theory seminars and independent study. A distinctive feature is the system of individual tutorials. Assessment methods combine essays with seminar presentations, self and peer assessments, placement-based assessment, the professional portfolio and the dissertation.

The programme provides a high level of student-tutor contact and close supervision of both counselling practice and research, in line with professional and academic requirements.


Note: Applicants are advised to visit the Counselling and Psychotherapy website in order to download and complete a Stage One application prior to submitting any materials online. See the link to the website on the right, under "Find out more".

As an accelerated professional training programme, entrants are required to be both personally and professionally suitable for counselling training and ready to begin counselling practice within six months of programme commencement.

The entrance requirements therefore combine personal suitability requirements with professional experience and academic requirements.

Applicants are expected to meet one of the following academic requirements:

* an undergraduate degree equivalent to an upper second class honours degree in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy;
* an undergraduate degree equivalent to a good lower second class honours degree in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy and references confirming aptitude for study at postgraduate level;
* cognate professional qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

Exceptionally, where an applicant's undergraduate degree is in an area not considered relevant to counselling and psychotherapy, they may be admitted at the discretion of the programme director so long as they meet the personal and professional suitability requirements stipulated below.

Personal and professional suitability and relevant experience requirements are laid own by the British professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy as follows:

* self awareness, maturity and stability;
* ability to make use of and reflect on life experience;
* capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the programme;
* ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirements;
* ability to form and sustain helping relationships;
* ability to be self critical and use both positive and negative feedback;
* awareness of difference, diversity and power;
* aapacity for psychological thinking and engagement;
* understanding of the principles and practices of counselling.

In addition to meeting the suitability requirements, applicants are required to have substantial relevant experience of working in helping roles in counselling or a cognate area, such as education, social work, nursing, mental health practice, applied psychology or equivalent.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of at least 7.0 is required. This English language requirement is higher than the standard College requirement of 6.5, as language skills are particularly pertinent in counselling and students will be required to communicate verbally and in writing at a high level from the commencement of the programme.

An interview, by telephone, webcam, video-conference or in person, is required to determine personal and professional suitability and relevant experience. Clearance by Disclosure Scotland (a criminal record suitability check) is also required.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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