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MSc Integrative Counselling and Coaching

Course overview

Start date

January 2021

September 2021

Subject area

Counselling and wellbeing




On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

The Master of Science in Integrative Counselling and Coaching is a unique and ground-breaking course. It is the only postgraduate course in the UK, and possibly in the world, that offers integration of counselling and coaching practices.

This course provides professional training to those who aim to integrate various counselling approaches and coaching in their one-to-one practice.

Broadly speaking, counselling concerns itself with the resolution of internal conflicts and psychological changes. Coaching deals more with goal achievement and behavioural changes. For example, counselling may address underlining issues and reasons why someone had a drink problem, while coaching would deal with the habit itself. Although there is some overlap between these two approaches, they are not interchangeable. However, they can be complementary.

By covering both counselling and coaching training, this course is answering an ever-increasing need for integrative practitioners.
After completing the first two years of this course you will be able to apply for registered membership of BACP and eventual accreditation (as it is the case with all other training courses, the latter requires additional practice hours).

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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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.

Accredited by the (BACP)

This masters programme is accredited by and structured in compliance with the individual registration requirements of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This is the first course accredited by the BACP that involves coaching.

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.


What we're researching

UEL’s School of Psychology was ranked equal first in the country in terms of the impact of its research, beating Oxford and Cambridge.

The Research Excellence Framework is a six-yearly review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

In 2014 it rated 43 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and a further 25 per cent as ‘world-leading’ – the highest accolade. It added that UEL’s School of Psychology was one of only four in the country whose research had a ‘100 per cent impact’ at the highest level.

Based on their research, Dr Nash Popovic and Debra Jinks developed Personal Consultancy, a model of counselling-coaching integration, that the above course is based on.

Dr Nash Popovic and his colleagues explored the effectiveness and experience of an integrated counselling and coaching approach with distressed young people. Findings indicated that young people responded well to the integrated treatment and that it can be an effective way of reducing distress in young people.

Dr Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa researches the understanding of psychosocial wellbeing in the context of complex multi-dimensional problems such as addictions, trauma, migration or social change.

Dr Tim Lomas has explored the impact of meditation on men’s wellbeing, using a mixed-methods design comprising narrative interviews, cognitive testing, and EEG measurement.

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Fees and funding

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,906 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England


Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses. *Exclusions apply.

Find out more about full eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below is some of the funding available to support you in your studies:

Terms and conditions apply.

Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:
There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
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•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer
Full information on making payments can be found here
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We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
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Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
Per 30 Credit Module
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA page for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees
Per 30 credit module
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 Honours degree in any subject and some experience of counselling or other one to one practice relationship (such as psychotherapy or personal consultancy)

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)

Applicants will  be interviewed and required to demonstrate:
  •     Self-awareness, maturity and stability
  •     Ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirement
  •     Ability to form a helping relationship
  •     Ability to be self critical and use both positive and negative feedback
  •     Awareness of issues of difference and equality
  •     Competence in generic skills including: literacy, numeracy, information technology, administrative skills, self-management skills, communication and interpersonal skills

Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll study 

This is a three year, part time course. In your first year you will undertake two counselling modules. These cover core and advanced counselling skills, an overview of the key theoretical approaches including humanistic, existential, psychodynamic, gestalt, CBT and solution focussed 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 an independent research and write up your dissertation in the form of a professional journal article.


Year 1

  • Core counselling theory and practice (30 credits)
  • Counselling application (30 credits)

Year 2

  • Evidence based coaching theory and practice (30 credits)
  • Personal Consultancy (30 credits)

Year 3

  • Research methods and dissertation 1 (30 credits)
  • Research methods and dissertation 2 (30 credits)

All these modules are core to the course, and worth 30 credits each (180 credits in total). The first two years consist of one training day a week between 4-8pm and approximately one Saturday in a month between 10am – 6pm. The third Master’s year is research based and has fewer contact hours.

How you'll 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.

Course specification

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 half of facilitated supervision in groups of maximum six students. The purpose of this 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.

Who will teach on this course

Nash Popovic

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.

What you'll learn

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

In your first year you will undertake two counselling modules. In your second year you will study the practice of evidence-based coaching and the integrative framework of Personal Consultancy.

In the third year you will complete the research methods module followed by a research project.

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).

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 the membership of BACP as well as 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 a range of 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.

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