Graduate Programmes: MSc Counselling Psychology

The MSc Counselling Psychology degree programme was developed to meet the growing need for qualified counsellors in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and offers recent university graduates and practitioners the counselling skills to address psychological issues within organisations and society.

To produce practicioners who will:

  • have a working knowledge of and appreciation of the discipline of counselling psychology;
  • be able to analyse societal problems by applying contemporary counselling psychology theories;
  • be able to conduct psychological research on the counselling needs of individuals in society;
  • be able to contribute to the body of knowledge of psychology by furthering Caribbean psychological research;
  • be adequately skilled to pursue further postgraduate study in counselling psychology and related disciplines; and
  • be able to provide adequate psychological counselling services to individuals and groups in society.

Entry Requirements
To qualify for entry applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work or a related field with at least Second Class honours or equivalent. Students without a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or Social Work will be considered but the department will require these students to complete specific pre-requisite courses. Most applicants will be interviewed.

This programme can be completed on a full-time basis of 21 months of study. Part-time students are permitted a maximum of 4 years to complete all requirements.

Programme Structure/Course of Study
Students are required to gain 48 credits following either the Research Option or Practice Option. The Research Option has been designed for those students intending to undertake further studies through a research degree in psychology. It requires the completion of a 20,000 research paper on an issue relevant to the field of psychology. The research paper will ensure that students are involved in conducting empirically sound scholarly research and will enable students to develop research skills that can be used to address organizational and societal problems related to the therapy needs of individuals.

Students who select the Research Option will undertake ten (10) courses, a 40-hour Pre-practicum lab, 2 Integrative Internship and Seminars of 500 clinical hours each and a research paper. Such students must apply to the Programme Coordinator by the end of the first semester regarding his or her decision on selecting the Research option.

The Practice Option has been designed for those students who are considering becoming practitioners. Students who select the Practice Option will undertake twelve (12) courses, a 40-hour Pre-practicum lab, and 2 Integrative Internship and Seminars of 500 clinical hours each.


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Duration: 2 years (consisting of four semesters and one summer) if full time,
                3 years (consisting of six semesters and two summers) if part time
Special Notes: classes are generally held on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
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