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MSc Counselling and Positive Psychology

MSc Counselling and Positive Psychology

The master’s programme MSc Counselling and Positive Psychology of the University of Bolton is an 18 month full-time programme which involves the comprehensive study of selected areas in counselling and positive psychology at an advanced level, and the acquisition of advanced professional practice and research skills. Topics covered include Positive Psychology theory, research and practice, therapeutic counselling and research methods for counselling and coaching. The programme includes120 hours of supervised clinical practice. Graduates will be able to apply the skills learnt on this MSc within health and social care settings, private practice, research and teaching, and management roles where working with people is the prime focus.

Graduates can become members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the International Positive Psychology Association and the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology (upon individual application).

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Student Testimonial

“First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to my Programme Leader Dr Svensson for all her help and time advising and supporting me at the start of my Masters degree and throughout, whenever I faced any obstacle or challenge in fact. I am very happy to be an MSc in Counselling and Positive Psychology student at New York College. I really like my studies and, in addition, I love my tutors. Ms Sachperoglou, who has two Masters degrees in Counselling Psychology and Health Psychology, as well as many years of teaching experience, taught our first module “Therapeutic Counselling”. This provided an excellent theoretical foundation as well as experiential learning through role play, which was the first pleasant surprise. I admire her ability to enthuse her students and transmit learning. I also admire Dr Varela with her wealth of experience (her two Masters degrees and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from UCL) and the way she guided us and inspired us with psychological research methods. Never before have I had the privilege of being taught by such high-level tutors!” 

Alla Veremchuk

MSc Counselling and Positive Psychology student 2021-22


The programme includes the following modules:

  • Therapeutic Counselling
  • Foundations of Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychology in Practice
  • Supervised Counselling Practice 1
  • Qualitative Inquiry
  • Research Methods for Counselling and Coaching
  • Positive Psychology Dissertation

The distinctive feature of this master's programme is its flexibility, as classes take place only on Friday evenings and Saturdays, so that professionals can combine post-graduate studies with working. All courses are delivered in English.
To enter in the programme, students must have:

  • A good standard of English (IELTS 6.0 and above)
  • A good Bachelors degree in Psychology, or a relevant area, at 2.1 or above (those who have a 2.2 may be accepted after a successful interview)
  • Experience in a support capacity in one to one helping roles
  • Two satisfactory references (one academic and one from employer/ volunteering organisation)
  • Counselling qualifications will be an added advantage but not an essential requirement


This course is designed to enhance practice and facilitate employment and career progression in counselling and positive psychology within health and social care settings, private practice, research and teaching, and management roles where working with people is the prime focus.

“The MSc in Counselling and Positive Psychology offers a unique opportunity for students to gain competence from two disciplines and thus the opportunity to have a wide variety of job roles within practice, education and training, business, healthcare, charities and government agencies.”

Marsha Koletsi, CPsychol, AFBPsS Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Accredited Supervisor of the British Psychological Society

 “The ability of graduates to provide counselling based on positive psychology will make them highly eligible to the Greek market, which has already accepted and needs more positive psychology professionals.”

Dr Agathi Lakioti, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and board member of the Hellenic Association of Positive Psychology


UoB MSc CPP tutors


  • It leads to a professional qualification in counselling and psychotherapy
  • You will achieve practical competency in counselling and psychotherapies for common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, trauma
  • You will receive high quality clinical supervision and complete 120 hours placement in the area of counselling, psychotherapy and positive psychology
  • This 18 month full-time programme can be combined with working - classes are only on Friday afternoons and Saturdays
  • Two intakes per year, in February and October
  • Graduates will be able to apply the skills learnt in many settings, such as health and social care, education and in private practice
  • Graduates can proceed to a PhD in Psychology


The state UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON is located in the Greater Manchester area of England with a history dating back to 1824. According to the Guardian (Best UK Universities 2022 - rankings), the UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON was ranked 12th among all UK Universities in terms of student satisfaction with teaching standards (satisfied with teachers) and, in addition, in terms of overall ranking (Guardian score), it was upgraded by 4 places to 46th among all UK Universities for 2021-2022. Recently, the BBC highlighted the UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON as a model for UK Universities, regarding its operating standards for student safety from the Covid-19 pandemic: and the UK Education Secretary Michelle Donelan, from the floor of the House of Commons, referred to the "amazing work the University is doing": New York College has a franchise agreement under the Greek Ministry of Education legislation and the degree you will receive at the end of your studies is awarded by the University itself.


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