Thank you for applying for the Postgraduate Diploma / MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy at UEL.

Admission onto the course is subject to successfully passing an individual interview, followed by then successfully passing a group interview, so please read the following information carefully.

Due to the high competition for places, if you are unable to attend your interview, it may not be possible for us to reschedule


What do I need to know before arrival?

To confirm or decline your attendance, or to request an alternative date, please log on to Applicant Portal.  

Please be aware that we may not be able to offer an alternative date, so please only request one if you are definitely not able to attend on the date that you have been offered. This programme has limited places therefore you are strongly advised to accept the first date offered.

Our individual interviews will be held online, while our group interviews will be conducted in person on either Friday 18 or Friday 25 March 2022. We value meeting our interviewees in person.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please have a short, personal description which tells us more about your interests and includes a metaphor that describes you, prepared for your individual interview. Please also include why you should be offered a place (600 words max). 

Where does my interview take place?

Your individual interview will take place online, on Microsoft Teams. Once you have confirmed your interview time, you will then be emailed a calendar invite which will include a link to join your Teams interview meeting.

Group interviews will then take place on either Friday 18 March 2022 or Friday 25 March 2022 at the School of Psychology on the Stratford University of East London campus. The address is:

The University of East London
School of Psychology – Arthur Edwards Building
Stratford Campus
Water Lane
E15 4LZ

On arrival, you should report to the main entrance reception desk in the Conference and Computing Centre. Directions to the University can be found on our  Finding us page.


What does the interview day involve?

During your individual interview, we would like to see you at your best, so all of the questions will be about your strengths, areas for further development and relevant experiences. The interview will be a chance for us to find out more about you and vice versa. Your individual interview will only last for 30 minutes maximum.

Upon successfully passing your individual interview, you will then be invited to attend an in-person group interview, where you will be asked to engage in group discussions on topics academic tutors will assign on the day.

Have a look at the University of East London website to find out more about this specific programme. Another useful website which gives you information about counselling training is that of our accrediting body: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

You will have to be able to meet us between 11-1 on a Thursday. Your individual interview will only last for 30 minutes maximum. 

Who will be conducting the interview?

You will be interviewed by teaching staff from the programme.

How will I know if I have been successful in my application?

Everyone interviewed will hear at the same time, ideally by mid-April 2022.

Special Access or requirements

If you have any special access or communication requirements for your visit, please send a message using the admissions portal prior to your visit.

We look forward to meeting you.