MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

The three-year, first two year MA in Integrative Counseling and Psychotherapy, accredited by the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP), emphasizes the integration of theory, research, practice, and a commitment to self-awareness to help you develop A powerful, creative and ethically sound counselor.

The program has a long tradition of preparing students to be versatile and adaptable in their therapeutic practice to meet the individual needs of different client groups and work placements.

The MA Integrated Counseling and Psychotherapy course facilitates students to develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of integrative counseling practice, with a view to developing their own cohesive, ethical and effective approach to counseling practice, which can be adapted to ' w used in a wide range of locations for short and long term work. When completed, you will be ready to work as a trained integrative therapist.

The MA Integrated Counseling and Psychotherapy consists of two years of training covering the practical and theoretical aspects of learning to become an integrative qualified counselor / psychotherapist, plus a 3rd year completing the research requirements.

The taught core integrative model is based on the relational pluralistic approach, which consists of three main components: The Contemporary Relational Psychodynamic Method, Humanistic-Existentialist and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years September Newport City C

Year One

Integrative Counseling Theory and Practice: Introduces the core model of the course (Relational and Pluralistic) and provides theory and foundation skills in humanistic / existential counseling practice - 20 credits

Applied Integrated Counseling Theory and Practice: Introduces the theory and foundational skills of psychodynamic counseling and relational psychosynthesis. Students begin to learn to integrate methods in applied practice with client issues - 20 credits

Personal and Professional Development: This module runs throughout the year and places emphasis on personal and professional development, group work and skills practice within a sound ethical framework - 20 credits

Year Two

Advanced Integrative Theory and Skills Practice: Introduces the theory and basic skills of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and third wave approaches, such as mindfulness and ACT. The module also provides an overview of mental health and how the theories taught on the course can be integrated and applied to practice - 20 credits

Advanced Applied Practice: The emphasis of this module is on integration and applied practice: showing students how the taught core integrative model can be used to work ethically with the range of client issues typically found in professional counseling practice. There is also a focus on developing a research skill by completing a small-scale research project - 20 credits

Advanced Personal Development and Counseling Practice: This module runs throughout the year and places emphasis on personal development group work and skills practice within a sound ethical framework.

Year Three

In the final year, you will have the opportunity to choose between pursuing an academic thesis and undertaking a professional practice project in the community. Whichever you choose, it will need to be on a topic relevant to Integrated Counseling and Psychotherapy.

You will learn a range of appropriate research, evaluation and project management methodologies and methods to support you in developing, implementing and completing your final submission. You will be allocated a personal academic supervisor or project mentor to provide expert guidance, advice and support throughout the process


Classes include interactive theoretical lectures, experiential workshops, personal development groups, role play, skills groups, digital recording of skillsets for assessment and presentations.

In addition, you will need to be in a location seeing 'real' clients and you will need to complete at least 100 hours of counseling practice by the end of your 2nd year.

There is a BACP requirement that you should have fortnightly supervision for your counseling practice and a minimum of 1.5 hours supervision a month.

Years One and Two are taught over 30 days each academic year (either Wednesday or Thursday) and, in addition, students are required to attend weekend workshops each academic year.

In Year One, there is a residential weekend and a non-residential practice weekend. In Year Two, there are two non-residential weekends, covering mental health issues and advanced practice.

We expect students to attend all teaching sessions, and there is a minimum requirement of 80% for successful completion of the course.

In Year Three there are seven days of tutor-facilitated teaching and learning and nine hours of direct dissertation supervision or project mentoring.

All tutor-facilitated days take place on Fridays between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Supervision or mentoring meetings would be discussed directly and flexibly arranged with the designated member of staff.


A range of assessments are used to test your knowledge, skills, self-awareness and practice ability.

Year One: Two essays, two skills assessments, a portfolio of professional practice, and a personal development review.

Year Two: Essay, skills assessment, research portfolio, live client audio case study, group project and professional practice portfolio, personal development review and supervisor report.

Year Three: depending on whether you have chosen to pursue an academic thesis or applied professional project route, you will either submit a 17,000 word Dissertation or a 17,000 word Project Portfolio for summative assessment.

A number of formative assessment opportunities will be set throughout the year that support your progression towards your dissertation or Project submission.


Placements may be available (by request / interview) at the USW Therapy Center, a USW counseling service for the local community operating from the University's counseling clinic facilities.

There is no formal requirement for a placement during Year Three, however, the nature of the applied professional project pathway will require you to negotiate and secure access to, and support from, a relevant sector organization for the delivery and / or evaluation of your proposed project


A light, modern suite of rooms on the Newport City Campus. IT and library facilities including access to appropriate data analysis software

Personal Therapy

In years one and two students will be required to undergo therapy to help with their personal and professional development as a counselor; you will need to arrange and pay for this yourself.

It is a requirement of the course that students receive at least 10 hours of personal therapy for the first two years of the program.



We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling Skills or equivalent.

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Adult Workforce and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)

  • Two references uploaded with your application (one from your previous/current Counselling tutor)*

  • The criteria for a suitable placement will be discussed at interview and we will provide you with information about organisations who regularly accept integrative counselling students on placement. You will need to organise the placement for yourself but our placement team are available for advice and support.

  • The references must be on letter headed paper or the referee can send them direct from a professional/work email address to [email protected]


Interview Dates 2022

 An interview is required for this course. The interview process will involve the following, a brief demonstration of your counselling skills in role play format, group exercises, a brief one-to-one interview and a short written submission. This will include the time for you to ask questions and to find out in detail how the programme runs. Applicants are asked to allow approx half a day for this process. If you are selected to attend an interview we will contact you by e-mail to make a booking. We strongly advise that you book yourself onto the earliest interview date to avoid disappointment as the numbers are limited for each date and are filled on a first come first served basis.

29th June

20th July


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1030 per 20 credits

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

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Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £55.42
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Professional body student fees *
Cost varies depending on the organisation
Other: Personal Therapy * £25 - £55
10 hours therapy per academic year. Cost is per session.
Other: Professional Indemnity Insurance * £75 - £150
Cost varies depending on individual circumstances. Each year if not already covered.
Other: Personal Supervision * £30 - £65
Some agencies require you to pay for the supervision required in Year 1 & 2. Cost is per session.


The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales* graduates starting a taught/online*** MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, DBA course or a PcET/PGCE course from September 2022 (this includes students starting their course in January/February 2023). T's and Cs apply. Click here for more details and eligibility criteria: USW Postgraduate Alumni Discount 2022/23

Although building the hours to achieve personal BACP accreditation will require more practice experience, upon successful completion of formal training hours and assignments, graduates of the MA Integrated Counseling and Psychotherapy will be ready to seek employment in the field counseling and psychotherapy.

Alumni of the course have improved their career profile in their current employment or found new jobs in the voluntary sector, in health settings, in Higher or Further Education, in Employment Support Programs (EAPs), in business and in private practice.

The course has a good record of graduates developing portfolio careers, using their adaptable approach to work in a variety of settings. It is also possible to undertake further specialist training to work with children and young people.

On completion of the Masters, you will have demonstrated a detailed knowledge of integrative counseling, including specialist knowledge gained from your own thesis or applied professional project findings. This is likely to further develop your reputation and employability as a counselor or therapist in the statutory, commercial and third sectors. There may also be opportunities for you to progress to a PhD.