This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

MA Counselling

The MA Counselling programme enables you to train as a counsellor while studying at postgraduate level. Learning will take place in a lively and supportive context, encouraging your own reflective development. The orientation of the programme is integrative and relational.

PLEASE NOTE: We are now taking enquiries for 2018/2019.

Who is the programme for?


This programme is suitable for those:

  • From a professional background, including church leadership, pastoral ministry, social work, education and health care
  • Seeking to qualify as a professional counsellor
How is the programme taught?

Year 1 teaching takes place over 2 weeks (Monday to Friday) and five long weekends.

You will also need to achieve 50 hours of clinical practice during the programme.

What is the programme content?
  • Counselling Theories (including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic and Systemic Therapy)
  • The Waverley Integrative Framework
  • Therapeutic Skills and their Practice
  • Human Development and Psychopathologies
  • Research Methodologies
Where is the programme taught?

Our programmes may be taught at both Waverley Abbey House and Pilgrim Hall.

What are the entry requirements?


You will need:

  • A degree in any subject and
  • A certificate counselling.

However, if you have not gained a certificate in counselling, we are able to discuss an alternative entrance pathway through our BA Year 1 programme, at interview.

You will be assessed on your personal and academic suitability for counselling training and for study at Masters level.


What are the dates for this programme?


The MA Counselling is a two-year, part-time programme, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma/Masters Degree, depending on whether the research module is taken. You may complete this research module in Year 2 or take a further year if it better suits your circumstances.

We are currently taking enquiries for 2018/2019. For further information at this stage, please email or call 01252 784731.

What are the programme fees?

The fees for this programme will be available shortly. For further information at this stage, please email or call 01252 784731.

What to do next?

Attend an Open Day

During the academic year, we offer a number of engaging Open Days at both of our campuses. This is a great opportunity for you to explore the College programmes further. Come along and meet tutors and current students to find out if studying at Waverley Abbey College is the right place for you. To book a place on an Open Day, please email

Make an Application

For our validated programmes, applications are normally made in the spring and summer term prior to the start of the programme. Once your application has been received, you will receive acknowledgement and be invited for an interview.

To apply for this programme, please contact us or download the application form and send it to:

Waverley Abbey College
Waverley Abbey House
Waverley Lane

Waverley Abbey College submitted an annual return to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in December 2016 that demonstrates that it is continuing to maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of student learning opportunities and information about learning opportunities.