Comments about Master of Science in Guidance and Counselling - At the institution - Belfast - Belfast - Belfast - Northern Ireland
To facilitate the continuing professional development of those involved in vocational guidance or therapeutic counselling and enable students to undertake an academic study within their subject area.
Entrance Requirements Applicants should have a first degree or an equivalent recognised qualification. Due to the vocational nature of this postgraduate programme, applications may be considered from candidates who are not graduates but who have extensive relevant professional experience. It is desirable that candidates have a current involvement in either vocational guidance, counselling, or associated areas. Applicants may be required to attend an interview. Additional Information for International Students In the case of international students (from outside the EU), it is not possible to study on a part-time basis unless you are already in the United Kingdom for other reasons and have obtained an appropriate visa. It is the student’s responsibility to check visa requirements for part-time study in the UK. IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.
Master of Science in Guidance and Counselling
The Postgraduate Diploma/Masters will provide:
• An examination of the role of ‘Scholar/Practitioner’
• Facilitation of the personal and professional development of the guidance and counselling practitioner
• A rigorous grounding in a wide range of theoretical and practical perspectives in guidance and counselling
• A systematic understanding and critical awareness of the theoretical concepts underlying guidance and counselling
• A critical examination of the application and development of theoretical concepts to a range of professional frameworks A setting in which to foster advanced scholarship in guidance and counselling
• Support for students to carry out research relating to their professional work environment
• An opportunity for personal reflection on learning and professional development.
• All students study six taught modules (Level M 20 credits each) which includes two guidance and two counselling modules from a range of modules offered; plus two compulsory modules.
Compulsory modules are:
Theory and Practice of Social Research
Project Management and Development
Students must also undertake a dissertation (equivalent to 60 credits at Level M), related to the areas of guidance and/or counselling. The dissertation will be approximately 15–20,000 words.
A range of assessment methods will be used and will vary with modules chosen – these will include a portfolio, written assignments, presentations, case studies and fieldwork assignments. In addition, a dissertation of 15,000–2,000 words is also required.
Opportunities for Careers
This qualification is of benefit to those employed in guidance and/or counselling, who are seeking promotion with an existing employer or those who wish to move to more senior positions in other organisations working in these areas.