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Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies MSc (UKCP Accredited)

Master's Degree, Postgraduate, September 2023

For 2023 applications come along to our next Open Day to speak to a member for the team about this course. 

This course is accredited by the Universities Training College (UTC) of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

The MSC in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies provides students with the academic, practical and personal competencies necessary to pursue professional registration as a psychotherapeutic counsellor or psychotherapist. Students who achieve the qualification will be eligible to practice as either a psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor working with adult clients in public, voluntary or private sector employment.

This three year programme provides an initial training in counselling and contributes towards the professional requirements for becoming a UKCP registered psychotherapist.

Our approach to therapy

The MSC in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy studies draws upon and synthesises aspects of other therapeutic approaches into a well-integrated whole which prepares students to work with a wide range of clients. The programme selects carefully-chosen elements of Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural therapies and integrate them into a whole which places the development of an effective, multi-level therapeutic relationship at its heart.

Successful completion of the MSC entitles the student to progress to the year-long Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies. The completion of both the MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies, Certificate in Professional Practice and the Advanced Diploma may lead to eligibility for UKCP registration as an Integrative Psychotherapist trained to work with adults. In addition to the taught requirement of the programme, students must also completed a minimum of 450 hours of supervised clinical practice to be eligible for UKCP registration as a psychotherapist.

  • This course provides a complete training to practice as a counsellor and the first stages on the journey to becoming a psychotherapist.
  • Newman University has a strong local and national reputation in running counselling and psychotherapy training and the programme has been accredited by the UKCP, the country’s governing body for psychotherapists.
  • The programme combines practitioner training with the development of research skills, taught by experienced clinicians and researchers.

The MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (and associated Certificate in Professional Practice which covers the non-academic components of the training and is mandatory for MSC students) offers 3 years of professional study in counselling and psychotherapy. It meets the taught component requirements for professional registration in psychotherapeutic counselling and the first 3 years of the four year requirement for psychotherapy registration with the UKCP.

This is a part-time programme which lasts for three academic years. Students may require some additional time to complete their supervised clinical placement. A minimum of 450 supervised counselling hours on placement is required. The programme (MSc) consists of 180 credits at level 7. All modules are mandatory. Over the three years, the programme includes over 450 hours of direct teaching time. Clinical placement hours are in addition to the direct teaching time.

During your first year of study you will attend University for taught sessions on one day per week. You will learn the core theoretical approach of the integrative model in depth as well as thinking about ethical and professional practice and developing advanced practical competencies to prepare you for clinical practice. Alongside this, you will also start your personal therapy completing at least 30 hours of therapy during this year.

In the second year you will begin your clinical placement, once you are assessed as being ready for this step. This placement will continue throughout the rest of the programme. Alongside this, you will also continue your personal therapy. Once on placement, you will also have regular clinical supervision. You will continue to attend University one day per week, taking modules that deepen your appreciation of theory and of integration, whilst developing more advanced clinical competencies through the detail discussion of clinical cases. . By the end of the year, you will also put together a proposal for a research project.

In the final year you will continue on placement, in supervision, and in personal therapy. You will continue to attend University one day per week, completing the training in your integrative model whilst continuing the development of your clinical competence. Finally, you will complete your supervised original research dissertation.

Teaching (lectures, seminars, and tutorials) will be delivered by Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, Visiting Lecturers and Skills Support Tutors. They have extensive experience in a range of subject areas offered within this course. The programme is coordinated by the programme leader (Faisal Mahmood) responsible for the overall professional programme. Teaching staff who take responsibility for individual modules are referred to as Module Leaders. In addition, every student is allocated a personal tutor. Here in the Counselling & Psychotherapy subject area, we currently have a large team of lecturing staff. All staff are registered/accredited members of UKCP, BACP or BPS.

Students are required to attend university for taught sessions one day a week. You are also required to come to university at other times, for example, for tutorials, other meetings and to use the library. Students are also entitled to at least one personal tutorial per semester.

A minimum of 80% attendance per module is required. Failure to meet this requirement for any reason will result in the student being awarded a ‘fail’ mark. The module will then need to be retaken. Only in exceptional circumstances, will a student with lower than 80% attendance be allowed to progress without retaking a module.

Additional commitments (these aspects of the training are self-funded)

  • Personal Therapy: minimum 30 hours per year
  • Clinical supervision: 1:6 ratio (1 hour supervision for every 6 hours of clinical work)
  • Clinical placement: 450 hours (in total)

It is expected that students will undertake a considerable amount of reflecting, reading and note-taking between sessions in order to:

  • prepare for/consolidate lectures
  • write assignments
  • reflect upon client work

Teaching Days

MSc Year 1 – Monday (10am – 5pm)

MSc Year 2 – Monday (10am – 5pm)

MSc Year 3 – Thursday (10am – 5pm)

Advanced Diploma – Thursday (10am-5pm)

In addition, students may be required to attend two Saturdays per year (10am till 5pm)

(Please note that these are reviewed annually and are subject to change)

As part of the enrolment process for both the MSc and Advanced Diploma, you will be expected to enrol onto the Certificate in Professional Practice (CPP) at the same time. There is no additional cost for this programme during the taught programme, however, you will be required to pay one module based fee per year (e.g. £1100 for 2021/22) once you have completed your taught programme.

Students will be required to undertake a range of assessments on the course such as;

  • Coursework (including essays, reports, case studies, portfolios)
  • Oral exams (Viva)
  • Assessment of practice
  • Presentations (including clinical case material)
  • Research dissertation

The MSC provides professional training to become a counsellor or psychotherapeutic counsellor and most students intend to go on to work in either the private or public sector. Some students will use the qualification to enhance their skills and employability in related sectors where job roles entail a strong helping component.

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Entry Requirements

You must have a 1st degree in any subject (minimum 2:2 or equivalent) and level 3 or 4 certificate in counselling skills with experience of having used skills in a workplace or voluntary setting. Successful admission onto the programme is also dependent upon demonstrating your suitability to undertake clinical training at interview. It may be possible in some cases for you to enter the programme without the Level 3 certificate where you can demonstrate in the application that you have acquired the specific competencies outlined in the BACP Counselling Skills Competency Framework either through an equivalent training programme or though practical experience in a voluntary or workplace setting. 

Newman’s Record of Prior Learning (RPcL/RPel) policy can be applied to any applicants who consider they have qualifications or experience that may warrant them being granted exemption from elements of a particular course.

Applicants will normally be invited to a selection day for a group task and individual interview. 

Applicants will need to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to starting the course.  Find out more information on your Enhanced DBS application.


International Students
Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

The total course fee for those starting in September 2022 is £11,100. The annual fee is £3,700 per year for 3 years of study.

Course fees for September 2023 TBC.

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).


Additional Costs:

The following costs are in addition to your university fees:

  • Personal Therapy: Minimum 105 hours (for psychotherapeutic counsellor) or 160 hours (for psychotherapist) between £40 – £65 per session. Minimum 30 hours of personal therapy per year.
  • Clinical Supervision as follows: Minimum 75 hours @ between £40 – £65 per hour. 1:6 (1 hour of supervision for every 6 hours of clinical work)
  • An audio recording device and / or memory cards or other approved equipment for the storage of audio client audio and / or video records
  • Annual membership fees to Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA) (mandatory) and UKCP (optional) – normally approximately £50
  • Annual indemnity insurance (payable from year 2 of the MSc – normally at least 4 years) – estimated cost £50-80 per year.
  • Initial Enhanced DBS clearance fee and update levy cost.
  • Travelling costs
  • Books

Certificate in Professional Practice (CPP) Enrolment

 As part of the enrolment process for both the MSc and Advanced Diploma, you will be expected to enrol onto the Certificate in Professional Practice (CPP) at the same time. There is no additional cost for this programme whilst you are also enrolled on the taught MSC, however you will be required to pay one module-based fee per year (e.g. £1100 for 2021/22) once you have completed your taught component. You will be instructed how to enrol via our admissions team upon being made an offer to the course.


Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies

The fee for the additional one-year programme is expected to be in the region of £3,700 (Subject to Review)

Course fee discount

Newman alumni are eligible for a 10% discount when enrolling onto a full Master’s degree programme.

Postgraduate Loans

You can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222, when enrolling on a full Master’s degree (180 credits), to use as a contribution to the cost of studying and living expenses.

For further information visit the postgraduate loans website.


  1. This module, delivered during the year 1 of the MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies, focuses on core therapeutic skills and the essential elements of practice in preparation for clinical placements, which will begin in year two of the programme. The main emphasis will be on therapeutic frame and the development of specific skills associated with the key theoretical modalities covered on the course. Students will gain understanding of   the therapeutic process from the point of referral, to the first session, middle stages and ending of the counselling relationship, of the use of the therapeutic relationship in relation to the therapeutic process and of the role and importance of supervision.
  2. This theory module introduces students to the literature and theoretical knowledge base of the Gestalt Therapy Theory (GTT) and begins the process of thinking critically about application of the GTT in their clinical work. This module will offer students understanding of the core approach in their integration model.
  3. This module focuses on the following key themes;
    1. Diversity and equality
    2. Safeguarding
    3. Ethics
    4. Security & confidentiality (GDPR)
    Towards the end of the year, students will also be supported to seek and set up their clinical placements as part of this module. This module will enable students, who at this stage will have a foundation in the core skills of counselling and psychotherapy, to acquire an increased awareness of the ethical and professional issues involved in counselling practice. Attention will be given to the practical aspects of the profession, such as contracting, referrals, managing boundaries, as well as an appreciation of wider issues such as culture, belief systems, sexual orientation, risk assessment, collaborative working and the on-going role of supervision.
  1. This twenty-credit, two-semester module provides a continuation from the module ‘Theory in Counselling & Psychotherapy 1’, further developing your understanding of key theoretical ideas, as you reach the stage of applying theory to your own clinical practice. Your central focus on this module will be on psychodynamic theory, but you also be briefly introduced to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You will explore theories of psychological distress and mental health difficulties, and gain an understanding of the stages of human development and the key issues encountered at these stages.
  2. This module supports students to into the early stages of their practice via the on-going support of clinical placement and clinical case discussion groups. Student’s clinical practice and case discussions are then enhanced and supported by the theoretical and practical integration of the three core component models taught on the program with advanced skills being taught in parallel. The module links efficacious clinical practice with a research ethos and skills to help the student identify an initial focus for the third year research project.
    • Intermediate skills & clinical case discussion
    • Intersection of research and practice; initial planning of research project
    • Integration of component models into coherent integrative theory and practice
  1. This module supports ongoing clinical practice via the on-going supervised clinical placement and clinical case discussion groups. Advanced therapeutic skills and theory are then introduced via introduction to and integration of the final of the three core component models -  cognitive behavioural therapy. The module therefore links increasingly efficacious clinical practice with a broader range of therapeutic options and allows students to complete and consolidate the integration of their therapeutic model.
  2. This module provides you with the opportunity to select an area of particular interest to you within the field of psychotherapy and counselling. Working with a tutor, you will design, plan and execute a small empirical research project in your chosen area. In the early stages, you will produce a brief initial research proposal, for discussion with your research tutor. Your proposal forms the basis for developing an application for Newman ethical approval, which must be achieved prior to commencing data collection. Your research design should employ quantitative and/or qualitative methods and draw upon and critically evaluate a range of both classic and contemporary research findings. Your project will then be written up using the author guidelines for a specific academic journal, and aim for publishable standard.
  3. This tutored thirty credit module provides you with the opportunity to focus on and explore a particular area of clinical practice, and of theory in relation to practice, through an extended systematic case study project. You will do this through systematically exploring and evaluating an appropriate case study example from your clinical case load. In doing so you will engage in and learn about methodological issues in single-case enquiry, and apply these in your case. You will need to maintain client confidentiality and to integrate the skills of clinical practice with the rigours of academic writing. Your project will also draw upon and critically evaluate a range of both classic and contemporary theoretical aCPM nd research literature relevant to the case. Your project will then be written up using the author guidelines for a specific academic journal, and aim for publishable standard.

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