Master Programme

Faculty of Social Sciences and Education


An integrative approach to the development of psychological counselling skills.


The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy aims to provide students with both the knowledge and skills necessary in order for them to become an effective psychological counsellor. The programme reviews and considers the different perspectives and orientations within the field of counselling as well as some of the fundamentals of mental health assessment. The skills of counselling are explored within a range of different therapeutic areas together with an opportunity to put these skills into practice.

Recommended Prior Knowledge
A background in Psychology is recommended. However, applicants with other backgrounds will be considered.

Course Duration
2 years full-time (evening) programme

Teaching Medium

Total Number of Credits for Graduation

Ilha Verde Campus

Programme’s Government Approval (in Chinese and Portuguese only) (Click here)

September to July

Weekly Schedule
Mondays to Fridays

Key Features

  • Provides students with a clear understanding of the ways in which psychological knowledge informs counselling practice.
  • Gives students the knowledge and skills required to work competently, ethically and professionally with clients.
  • Encompasses both theory and practice enabling students to describe and explain the research base and methodologies relevant to counselling and psychotherapy.

Coordinator's Message

Understanding and relating to others is an essential component of human activity and is something that we all do as part of our daily life. In moments of difficulty it is important to rely on others: relatives, friends, neighbours, priests, etc… But, in some cases, that might not be enough or the most appropriate for the specific circumstances in which we found ourselves.  In those moments, counselling might be a useful option. The counsellor is not looking for labels or diagnosis, but to listen to the client, in order to find with him a better pathway trough life.

Counselling is an interdisciplinary activity, which contains different traditions and schools of thought, and spreads itself across the discourses of theory, research and practice. In this course, the students will be introduced to that variety of knowledge and to its applicability to different areas of human’s life: family, school, work and organisations.

In a person centred approach for graduate training, they will have the opportunity to discuss, to integrate and to apply that information in their specific areas of interest. The dissertation and the counselling and therapeutic practice, supervised by experienced counsellors in the community and by the USJ staff, will allow them to deepen their knowledge in specific topics and to acquire professional skills to be effective counsellors.

Prof. Vítor Santos Teixeira

Typical Career Options

  • School Counsellor – help students deal with academic, personal and career challenges so they can succeed in their studies
  • Family/Relationship Counsellor – work together with individuals and groups to develop harmonious interpersonal relationships
  • Mental Health Counsellor – provide support, counselling and development to people seeking personal and mental health assistance
  • Organisational Counsellor – in the Human resources department of an organisation, the counsellor can be useful not only for interviewing and professional selection process but also in mediating conflicts and contributing to a better working environment

Study plan & description of modules

Students must complete all the main modules and four (4) optional modules

Please click on any specific module to see its description.

Note: The modules are subject to rearrangement in year 1 or year 2 based on the programme operation of the year.


Year 1
3.00 credits
Year 2
12.00 credits