Integrative Counselling and Coaching MSc

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What makes this course different

1st course of its kind in the UK

This ground-breaking course is unique. It is the only postgraduate course in the UK, and possibly the world, that offers integration of counselling and coaching practices.

World-leading research

92% of our overall research is rated as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.

The centre of integrative movement

All our staff are very much involved and engaged in the integrative practice, some of them being founding members of the Association of Integrative Coach Therapist Practitioners (AICTP). Dr Nash Popovic, is the founder of the Personal Consultancy model of integration that is used in this course. So, you will be working at the very centre of the integrative movement.


BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

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Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

With this qualification, you will be able to work as an integrative practitioner and personal consultant either independently or within organisations offering such services. The demand for integrative practitioners is steadily increasing in private, public and voluntary sectors. Being the only postgraduate course of its kind at the moment makes this qualification highly sought-after.

After completing the course you can apply for membership of BACP and the Association of Integrative Coach - Therapist Practitioners (AICTP). Both are relevant for your career in this field. 

During this course, you will also develop an understanding of real-life application of skills and theory as well as capabilities to pursue successful, ethical and useful careers.

Previous students have developed successful independent practices across various sectors (e.g. health and education sectors, corporate sector, third sector organisations, private practice).  A number of students consider themselves 'portfolio workers' in that they engage in a mix of work (drawn from all of the above) depending on their strengths, experience and particular interests and focus. 

More specifically, the Master's degree and research skills will increase your chances of getting employment, particularly in the public sector and the third sector (at the moment, there is a shortage of practitioners who can analyse the data that third-sector organisations collect).

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

The MSc is a three-year part-time course. We have a January start which is only for the students who have completed the PGDip in Integrative Counselling and Couching.

In your first year, you will undertake two counselling modules. These cover core and advanced counselling skills, and an overview of the key theoretical approaches including humanistic, existential, psychodynamic, gestalt, CBT and solution-focused therapy. 

There is a strong focus on personal development. In your second year you will study the practice of evidence-based coaching with models and interventions selected most suitable for integration. In the second term, this is all brought together within the integrative framework of Personal Consultancy.

In the third year, you will have an opportunity to carry out independent research and write up your dissertation in the form of a professional journal article.

All these modules are core to the course, and worth 30 credits each.

The course combines academic rigour with practical skills to ensure that all graduates are both highly effective and credible professionals.

It will prepare you for practice in the area of integrative counselling and coaching drawing on the distinctive perspective and expertise of the staff.

To obtain a master's you will need 180 credits.  Students also have the option to exit earlier with a PG Diploma (120 credits).

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up to date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change. 

How you'll learn

The course combines academic rigour with practical skills to ensure that all graduates are both highly effective and credible professionals.

It will prepare you for practice in the area of integrative counselling and coaching drawing on the distinctive perspective and expertise of the staff.

The course provides a variety of teaching and learning methods, including lectures and workshops, seminars and facilitated group discussions, as well as support through our virtual learning environment (Moodle). You will also benefit from skills practice sessions, group supervision sessions and individual tutorials. The aim is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, attributes and confidence to work in this innovative way.

You will be expected to complete 100 hours of placement work (from Term 2 in year one). During each teaching week, you will attend an hour and a half of facilitated supervision in groups of a maximum of six students. The purpose of these supervision sessions is to give you another chance (besides your individual supervision) to discuss and improve your work.

If you proceed to the third year you will have an opportunity to undertake research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

How you will be assessed

All courses are continuously assessed: there are no exams but you complete assessed work for each module. Assessment requirements include a range of professionally relevant activities in addition to the more traditional essays, reports and case studies. We also assess you on how you evaluate your own performance, through reflective practice.

Campus and facilities

Water Lane, Stratford

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Psychology

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.