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Overview

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).

What makes this course different

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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.

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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.

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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 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. 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.

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. 

MODULES

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.

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.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

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.

Nash Popovic

Nash Popovic is a senior lecturer and Programme Leader in Integrative Counselling and Coaching.

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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.

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.