Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer
Menu Search the University of Manchester siteSearch
Search type

Alternatively, use our A–Z index

Counselling MA

View tabs | View full page

Fact file

Degree awarded
Master of Arts
36 months. [Part-Time]
Entry requirements

Applicants are assessed on their personal and intellectual suitability for counselling training and study at masters level.  Requirements include:

  • A bachelor degree
  • Completion of a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills. Certificate courses are generally of one-year (100-130 hours) duration and can be accessed in Further Education Colleges.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of official degree certificates or transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper - one professional and the other ideally from your Counselling Skills tutor
  • A personal statement (one side of A4 paper) detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report; WAEC certificate

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is 31st August 2015; later applications are considered at our discretion.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The MA Counselling is a 3 year, 180 credit, part-time professional training  programme requiring the completion of a significant practice requirement, professional supervision and, where appropriate, personal therapy.

After graduation, it is normal for the course member to practice for a minimum of one more year in order to attain sufficient practice experience to apply for individual accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The course provides opportunities for its members to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of counselling theories, which are drawn together into an effective integrative framework.  It is intended that the course will enable members to become reflective, i.e. self-aware, counselling practitioners. They will be able to critically evaluate theory and practice-related issues, to apply theory to their work with clients and also to apply their learning within the differing counselling fields and settings. For those organisations which require specialist training, it will provide a solid foundation of professional training on which further professional development may be built.

For some members, their major working role is not that of counsellor. They may use counselling skills within their main role as, for example, health visitors, social workers, personal tutors, or human resource professionals. For these members, the programme will enable the transfer of key counselling skills, such as assessment, interviewing, mediating, mentoring, training and negotiating, to other areas of their professional work.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,250
    International students (per annum): £3,250

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Su Smith
+44 (0)161 275 0969
Academic department overview
See: The School .

Related subject areas