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Counselling & Psychotherapy

Programme Overview:
The Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a specialist programme which enables learners to develop the skills, knowledge, attitude and approach necessary to work as a professional psychotherapist in a range of settings. Graduates will be complex consumers of evidence based practice. Higher order practice in counselling and psychotherapy is largely dependent on the capacity of practitioners to integrate theory and practice in a reflective manner and the development of reflective competencies is central to this programme. On completion of the programme, learners will have developed a critical awareness of current discourses within counselling & psychotherapy and have the capacity to generate new insights within these fields.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:
A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.2) at Level 8,or its equivalent in a related discipline. The nature of the programme allows for the consideration of candidates from a variety of backgrounds. Those with relevant experience will also be considered through APL/RPL. Applicants are also required to complete a short interview.

All applicants are expected to be fluent and competent in both written and spoken English. In the case of overseas applications, students will have to provide certification of competency in English indicating a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS .


This programme can be completed over I or more years full or part-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates of the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy can expect extended opportunities for employment in areas specialising in psychotherapeutic practice. Graduates are expected to act as leaders or partners in multi-disciplinary teams within the statutory, private and commercial sectors dealing with a wide range of complex issues that require professional intervention.

Graduates who successfully complete this programme may pursue Doctoral programmes (level 10) at other colleges and universities, both in Ireland and abroad.

Further enquiries

Further Information:
Admissions Office
Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences , Walton House, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park , Castletroy, Limerick

Telephone: 061 216288 Website:
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Subjects taught

Modules Credits:

Principles and Theories of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Practice Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 30 Practical 70
Psychotherapeutic Skills and Engagement Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 40 Practical 60
Integrative Approaches to Psychotherapeutic Practice Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Understanding Psychopathology Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Evidence Based Practice and Research Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 100
Research Methods and Design Credits 5 Project 100
Elective Module Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Practical 30
Practicum Credits 20 Continuous Assessment 100
Dissertation Credits 30 Continuous Assessment 100


Teaching and Learning Approach: The course uses both direct provision and blended learning: In the vast majority of cases students can access courses using a combination of 3 approaches— By going to class, on line or by viewing podcasts of the individual class sessions. However in specific modules classroom attendance is a requirement.

Assessment method

The programme has been designed to enable learners to demonstrate their academic and reflective learning in appropriate ways. The assessment strategy accommodates different learning styles and therefore the programme requires learners to undertake a range of practical assignment, essays, learning journals, examinations, reflective exercises and projects.

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