University of Brighton


  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Part-time: 2 years

    Professional accreditation

    This course has been accredited by Universities Training College (UTC) of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and therefore provides its graduates with a route onto the National Register of Psychotherapists for registration as a Psychotherapist.

    About the course

    The MSc in Psychotherapy provides graduates of both Postgraduate Diplomas in Therapeutic Counselling (either Humanistic or Psychodynamic) with the opportunity to further their professional and academic training. It will comprise of a further two years of study during which time students will deepen and broaden their chosen theoretical base in practice as well as develop ways of working with complex presentations of human distress. They will also develop skills in research design and implementation specific to the profession of psychotherapy. Students will need to be in therapeutic practice under supervision and attend weekly personal psychotherapy.

    Please note that the MSc Psychotherapy is not a `stand alone? course and is a continuation of the Postgraduate Diplomas in Therapeutic Counselling. Applications are, however, welcomed from those who have been awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from other Universities. Non university accredited counselling diplomas would not normally qualify applicants for entry.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    Individual offers may vary.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing.

    Degree and/or experience:
    Applicants will have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (equivalent to 120 masters-level credits).

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  • Course content


    The MSc Psychotherapy comprises of a five modules which are as follows:

    ? Psychotherapy Practice and Models of Change
    ? Dissertation Module
    ? Complex Presentations in Psychotherapy
    ? Systemic Interventions: Theory and Practice
    ? CBT and the Relational Paradigm

    Students are required to undertake regular weekly personal psychotherapy with a UKCP registered psychotherapist approved by the course. Students will also be required to be regularly undertaking clinical supervised clinical practice in an approved setting under a UKCP approved supervisor or equivalent. The ratio of supervision to clinical hours is 1:6.

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    MSc Psychotherapy

    Please contact us directly for exact tuition fees for this course.


  • Location

    Location Help Falmer

    Our Falmer campus is located on the edge of the South Downs National Park on the outskirts of Brighton. Approximately 7,000 students are based here.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Career opportunities