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This course is aimed at assisting students to develop as a counsellor and psychotherapist.


Study Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This is practical programme drawing from applied frameworks in counselling and psychotherapy. It is aimed at assisting students to develop careers in the area. A mandatory part of the programme is to complete a 100 hour client placement. The taught component is drawn from an integrative framework and is designed specifically to equip students with relevant practice theory and applications in relation to clinical work with clients. This course may also partially assist students in progressing their membership status with the recognised professional bodies.

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About this course

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This course is designed to assist students wanting to pursue a professional career in counselling and psychotherapy. It aim is to equip students with an applied theoretical and practice knowledge while in clinical placement.


4 hours per week

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

A relevant honours degree (second class lower or above). Some experience and understanding of counselling and psychotherapy application in a work context (voluntary or paid) would be advantageous.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Portfolios composed of case studies, clinical recordings, placement assessment, supervisors and mentor report.

Exemptions and transferability

No exemptions

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

This course aims to partly assist students and practitioners wishing to pursue a professional career in counselling and psychotherapy and to advance their membership status with the recognised professional bodies.

Work placement / study abroad

In order to meet professional and academic requirments student must complete 100 hour clinical placement.

Academic profile

The course director is Michael McGibbon who is a senior accredited clinical psychotherapist and counsellor. Michael is still actively involved in practice, supervision and research. Michael has had many years of direct practice in senior psychotherapy roles in Ireland and the UK. He has served as an advisor and consultant to both statutory and voluntary bodies on the area of psychotherapy and counselling provision and development. Michael has worked extensively as a senior clinical psychotherapist, counsellor and also as a principal social worker in child and adolescent mental health.

Michael has also worked as a senior clinical psychotherapist/counsellor in the area of adult mental health, specialising in the area of complex trauma. Michael's own research interest is in assisting practitioners to effectively use the most important tool in therapy which is the self of the therapist. Michael has published extensively on this subject and has developed a model to assist in the process of therapist development of self.

Other experienced practitioners and academic staff will also provide input and teaching on specialist areas throughout the programme.


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How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Additional mandatory costs

Students will have two additional costs to consider, there is indemnity insurance which is approx £70-100 per year. There is also the cost of clinical supervision which is at the ratio of 1 hour of supervison for every 8 hours client work. Some supervisors offer a reduced student rate of approximately £30-40 per hour.


Course Director: Michael McGibbon

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6719