University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


This programme aims to foster the development of critically reflective practitioners who are able to work in a variety of settings with a broad range of people. It is founded in dialogue between the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives in counselling.

The Master of Counselling is validated professionally by COSCA at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels. It is a flexible, student-centred training process with a strong emphasis on practice, including a counselling placement.

A distinctive feature of this degree is its focus on the student’s individual counselling practice with clients, which normally begins in year two.

You can exit after 1 year with PgCert Counselling.

You can exit after 3 years with PgDip Counselling.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

You should demonstrate a high level of motivation through your personal statement, indicating why you wish to study counselling, and demonstrating an understanding of counselling and the capacity to reflect on personal aptitude for work in this field.

A UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, will be considered with a strong personal statement and relevant experience or references confirming aptitude for study at postgraduate level.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

4 years


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Health in Social Science

SCQF Level