MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

The MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy has been designed as professional qualification for those seeking a career as a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist working in the statutory and voluntary sectors, in business or private practice.

This postgraduate counselling course emphasises the integration of theory, research, practice, and self-awareness to help you develop and train to become a competent and ethically-sound counsellor.

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

Following successful completion of the PG Diploma, students can proceed to the final Masters stage where you’ll have the opportunity to choose between conducting research and delivering a professional project in the community.

Dissertation – You will learn about the different research methods which help develop knowledge about consultative supervision. You will then put this into action in your own choice of research project, on a topic relevant to integrative counselling and psychotherapy. You will be allocated a personal supervisor to provide expert guidance, advice and support. This route is ideal for those wanting to develop a career in research.

Professional Project – You will design, deliver and evaluate an innovative pilot project in the community, either in a charity or public sector setting. You’ll follow the planning process required by the Big Lottery, and you’ll also learn how to work therapeutically with groups. This route is ideal for those wishing to develop their careers into project management or self-employment.


The Masters stage consists of six days teaching, one day of peer learning, and nine hours of project supervision.

This psychotherapy masters runs over seven Mondays (9.30 to 4.30), from September 2019 to August 2020. You will also be required to attend monthly supervision meetings, to be arranged flexibly.

  • Induction – 30th September
  • Conducting your Literature Review – 7th October
  • Student presentations – 4th November
  • Project planning / Research overview – 2nd December
  • Working with groups / Qualitative analysis – 6th January
  • Facilitating training / Quantitative analysis – 3rd February
  • Monitoring and evaluation / Conceptual analysis – 2nd March


Masters research and dissertation stage: Research proposal, presentation, dissertation (18,000 words).

Professional project: journal (3,600 words), literature review (3,600 words), student presentation (20 minutes), project report (9000 words).



A light, modern suite of rooms at Newport City Campus. IT and library facilities including access to SPSS (statistics software).


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills (Integrative pathway) or equivalent (minimum of Level 4 training and approximately 150 hours to include counselling skills, integrative counselling

  • An Enhanced 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)

  • A degree or a qualification at Level 6 or above

A confirmed suitable placement for counselling practice. Please note that this is essential and you will be asked to provide details of your placement at the start of the course. 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, however you will need to organise the placement for yourself.

An interview is required for this course. The interview process involves a brief demonstration of your counselling skills in role play format, two 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 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.- 

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

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 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £47.2
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Whilst optional at present, we strongly recommend you sign up for this service, especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note you must register with the update service within 30 days of your enhanced DBS certificate being issued.
Supervision costs £60 - £120
Depending on project aims, student may need supervision
Professional body student fees *
Cost varies depending on the organisation
Other: Personal Therapy * £25 - £45
Cost varies depending on the organisation
Other: Professional Indemnity Insurance * £75 - £150
Cost varies depending on individual circumstances. Each year if not already covered.
Kit (Uniform and/or Equipment) * £25 - £50
Encrypted USB stick for video recording
Other: Personal Supervision * £30 - £45
Some agencies require to pay for supervision required in Year 1 & 2. Cost is per session.
Other: Residential Weekend * £200 - £250
In Year 1 Approx. Costs
Other: Data Collection

The Masters research and dissertation stage does not have a requirement for practice hours but most students will remain in practice, developing their experience and building the hours to achieve personal BACP accreditation. There may be voluntary and/or occasional paid opportunities for practice in the University’s community counselling service.

Former students from the course have enhanced their career profile within their current employment or found new positions in the voluntary sector, in health settings, in Higher or Further Education, in Employment Assistance Programmes (EAPs), in business and in private practice. It is also possible to undertake further specialised training in order to work with children and young people, or to apply for a research PhD.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.