Counselling Psychology (Singapore)

MSc

The Counselling Psychology MSc is designed to equip students with a deep understanding of psychology and its application in the field of counselling. 

Course type
Part-time, Online / distance learning
Entry requirements
Duration

15 months

Start date

Course overview

Delivered collaboratively by Aston University and the College of Allied Educators (CAE), this program offers a comprehensive blend of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and clinical experience of psychology and its application in the field of counselling.

Why Counselling Psychology at Aston University?

Student satisfaction
Available to students in Singapore in partnership with the College of Allied Educators
Cerficate
Eligible to apply for membership to the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) upon completion of practicum hours that comprise the programme
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An honours degree awarded by Aston University - choose to visit Aston for your graduation

Course description

Counselling Psychology (Singapore) MSc

Counselling psychology is a broad field that encompasses helping individuals, couples, families, and groups navigate emotional, social, and psychological challenges by employing a range of therapeutic techniques to support mental and emotional well-being.

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What we will provide
First-class teaching delivered by a diverse array of staff with years of close industry collaboration that is harnessed to provide you with learning based on real-world needs. Our teaching aims to inspire and excite you and bring your course to life.

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What you will provide
It is important you learn how to adapt a growth mindset to your studies - understanding that intelligence and success comes from applying yourself.  You must be able to demonstrate critical thinking and have ambition and drive to excel.

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What skills we teach
This program is designed to equip students with a deep understanding of counselling psychology and its application in provision of psychological client care and treatment through evidence-based practice, through a comprehensive blend of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and clinical experience.

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Career prospects
Graduates of our psychology programmes have pursued careers as therapists or counsellors, clinical psychologists, school counsellors in education institutions, and mental health educators promoting mental health initiatives.

How you will learn

The delivery method of this course is a combination of online distance learning, clinical training and campus-based seminars/workshops at the College of Allied Educators (CAE) campus. 

What you will learn

Delivered collaboratively by Aston University and the College of Allied Educators (CAE), the MSc counselling psychology equips students with knowledge, skills, and practical experience to pursue a successful, rewarding career in psychology and counselling.

Throughout the 15-month part-time programme, students will explore social psychology, brain and behaviour, individual differences, health, and personality, and the practical applications of neuroscience in counselling contexts. This programme instils a deep understanding of human behaviour, critical thinking, and empathy, preparing graduates to make a meaningful impact on individuals and communities. The program culminates in an independent research project, allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

Course objectives

  1. Provides you with opportunities to realise your academic potential through a range of learning experiences.
  2. Encourages you, through a practical approach, to have a passion for counselling psychology and an enthusiasm for learning.
  3. Provides an in-depth and high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of counselling psychology, and how this knowledge is being applied in the wider field of psychology.
  4. Enables you to develop an informed and critical appreciation of recent scientific and clinical developments in relation to a range of psychology topics.
  5. Produces highly employable postgraduates who can bring qualities of critical analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and personal interpretation to their chosen occupation.

Modules

Modules and learning outcomes

Stage 1 modules

In the stage 1, you will study the following core module:

Module TitleCredits
All students joining the course will receive RPL credit for stage 1 based on previous qualifications and experience allowing
direct entry into stage 2
60
Total60

Stage 2 modules

In stage 2, you will study the following core modules:

Module TitleCredits
Social Psychology - Social psychology explores the dynamic interplay between individuals and their social environment. In this module, you will delve into topics such as social influence, attitudes, group dynamics, and interpersonal relationships.15
Brain and Behaviour - This module introduces the intricate relationship between the brain and human behaviour, delving into topics including perception, memory, emotion, and motivation. This module also explores neuroscience and its implications for understanding and treating psychological disorders.15
Individual Differences, Health and  Personality - In this module, you will explore the wide spectrum of human personality, through assessments, case studies, and personality inventories, students will gain proficiency in assessing and understanding individual differences, enabling them to tailor their counselling approaches to the unique needs of clients.15
Neurosciences in the Real World - Neuroscience offers valuable insights into understanding and addressing psychological disorders and mental health challenges in real-world contexts. Students will explore how advances in neuroscience inform counselling practices, including evidence-based interventions and therapeutic techniques.15
Total60

Dissertation stage module

In the dissertation stage, you will study the following core module:

Module TitleCredits
Research Project in Counselling Psychology - The dissertation module is the culmination of the MSc Applied Psychology programme, integrating theoretical knowledge, research skills, and practical experience. Students will identify a research question in the field of applied psychology, design and execute an independent empirical research project, and report their findings.60
Total60

We may update our courses to reflect best practices and academic developments. If we do, we’ll let you know of any changes at the earliest opportunity by updating our course webpages. If you have already received an offer, we’ll write to you directly to let you know of the changes.

Entry requirements

  • Entry into Stage 2 with a minimum of 60 credits obtained at level 7 in Psychology through recognised prior learning.
  • Students should have completed the required 60 credits within the previous 3 years and attained an overall minimum mark of 65% in those credits.
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Speak to our Admissions Team

If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch with our postgraduate admissions team:

Email:

Mei: Meiyap@icae.edu.sg

or Bhavisha Koner: b.koner@aston.ac.uk

Call: 0121 204 3200 (Please note this line is open Monday-Friday between 09.30am-4.30pm)

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

Please contact CAE admissions consultants directly for fees:


Email CAE:

jolyn.koa@icae.edu.sg
lynn.tan@icae.edu.sg

Assessment

Assessment includes written and oral examinations, class tests, individual and group coursework, projects, presentations, and practical assessments.

Career prospects

Graduates of our psychology programmes have pursued careers as therapists or counsellors, clinical psychologists, school counsellors in education institutions, and mental health educators promoting mental health initiatives. Students often move into research and academia to advance discoveries and development in the field of psychology.

Clinical settings include private practices or hospitals, providing psychotherapy and counselling services to individuals and groups dealing with mental health issues. Upon the successful completion of the required practicum hours that comprise this programme students will be eligible to apply for membership to the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS).

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Frequently asked questions

Why study Counselling Psychology MSc at Aston University?

Studying this top-up course in Counselling Psychology will provide you with the basis for understanding why people act and behave in certain ways, and provide you with the insight, skills, techniques and approaches to support people in improving their mental and emotional well-being, whilst enhancing their lives and enabling personal growth. By choosing to study at Aston you will gain the experience to pursue a successful career in clinical psychology.

How is the course delivered?

The course is part-time and delivered through a combination of online distance learning, campus-based seminars/workshops, and clinical training.

Will I be eligible for the Singapore Psychology Society membership?

Upon the successful completion of the required practicum hours that comprise this programme students will be eligible to apply for membership to the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS).

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