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 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. We are unable to arrange Skype or any other online means for our interviews. 

What do I need to know before I arrive?

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.

We are unable to offer online interviews except in very exceptional circumstances.  We value meeting our interviewees in person.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring with you

  • A short, personal description which tells us more about your interests and includes a metaphor that describes you. Please also include why you should be offered a place (600 words max). 
  • A passport photo

Where does my interview take place?

All interviews take place 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?

The first part of the interview process will be a group Q&A with academic tutors. Following the group session, there will be individual interviews. 

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.

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. 

Special Access or requirements


If you have any special access or communication requirements for your visit, please email : prior to your visit. 
We look forward to meeting you.