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University of Aberdeen: Person-Centred Counselling

Institution University of Aberdeen View institution profile
Department School of Education
Telephone 01224 274776
Study type Taught


Our Person-Centred Counselling programme is the starting point for a career providing life-changing therapy. This programme is grounded in Carl Rogers’ theory of human potential, and training in this approach opens you to the self-knowledge needed to offer clients the deep connectedness at the heart of the therapeutic relationship.

The postgraduate diploma runs part-time over two years and successful completion allows progression to the MSc. The master’s stage of the programme consists of a project or dissertation. This qualification is validated by, and meets the professional training requirements of, COSCA (Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy) with the diploma consisting of a minimum 400 tutor contact hours and 100 client hours.

The programme aims to enable students to: - Understand the philosophy, theory and research of the person-centred approach

  • Develop a high level of awareness of, and competence in, person-centred counselling relationships

  • Understand person-centred therapeutic process

  • Develop awareness of their professional developmental needs and how to fully use supervision

  • Evaluate the importance of personal development in relation to training as a person-centred counsellor

  • Consider the effect of personal experience, values and attitudes on practice

  • Develop critical understanding of where the person-centred modality is placed in the field of counselling and the role counselling plays in society as a whole

  • Place individual counselling practice within a sound ethical framework as outlined in the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and the COSCA Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice

  • Keep accurate and up-to-date records of client work in accordance with professional body ethical guidelines (BACP 2018, COSCA 2018)

Applications are accepted until the end of March for the start of the next academic year.


University of Aberdeen


The University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth  oldest in the UK. Founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495, the beautiful campus attracts a diverse international community of over 14,000 students  from over  130 countries.

The University of Aberdeen is ranked as a Top 20 UK university by the Guardian University Guide 2024 and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, and ranks among the best 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023). It also ranks second across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for student satisfaction in The …

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