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Master of Arts in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Online/Blended Learning Option Available


October 2020


Due to the current government-issued instruction to close all schools and colleges in the fight to curb the spread of COVID-19, IICP College has successfully transferred its programmes to online delivery. This method will remain in place until the Irish government determines otherwise.  Irrespective of the format, delivery of our teaching remains on the cutting edge of best practice in counselling and psychotherapy education and training



Programme Aims


Developed in conjunction with Visiting Professor John McLeod, this programme aims to enable existing professionals working within the field of counselling and psychotherapy to achieve a Master of Arts in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Course Structure


The programme consists of ten modules over two years. It is a taught Master’s with a strong research component. The programme utilises a Continuous Assessment Strategy and learners accumulate credits though a variety of assessments over the duration of the programme.




IICP is an engaging, dynamic and supportive institute within which to study. We pride ourselves on our ethos of student support, ensuring that learners are guided and encouraged throughout the programme. The MA training promotes respect for all therapeutic models whilst advocating personal responsibility and lecturer flexibility and understanding.


Who Should Apply?

This two years Programme will be of interest to practising therapists who wish to extend their existing qualification in counselling and psychotherapy to Master’s level.


Entry Routes:

  • Evidence of successful completion of a Level 8 Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and evidence of completion of additional course requirements including 50 hours of personal therapy and 100 hours of supervised clinical practice.


  • An undergraduate degree (Level 8 on the NFQ) plus a professional diploma programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy that meets with IACP /IAHIP Course Recognition standards.


  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience is also taken into account.


Validation Of Award:

This programme is validated by QQI as a Level 9 Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Programme Content:

The programme contains ten modules over the duration of two academic years.  For more detail visit


Programme Lecturers:

  • Professor John McLeod
  • Professor Michael O’Rourke
  • Marcella Finnerty
  • Maria Quinlan
  • Padraig O’Morain
  • Dermot O’Neill


COST: Application fee: €60. 1st year Fees – €3875.00. 2nd Year Fees – €3,875 (inclusive of QQI registration fee of €200)


Programme Schedule:

The programme is facilitated through monthly blocks of three days to include weekends.


VENUE:  IICP Education and Training, Killinarden Enterprise Park, Killinarden, Dublin 24


DATES: Starting October 2020


For further information call visit

or contact:

Triona Kearns

Director of Registry & Operations:

086 0499154 or [email protected]

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