*Master’s Level 9 Degree in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Developed in conjunction with Visiting Professor John McLeod, this innovative Master’s provides a comprehensive understanding of both Pluralism & Research. (*QQI Validated and IACP Accredited)

Professor John McLeod
(MA Programme Leader)

  • Award: Master’s Degree in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (*QQI Validated and IACP Accredited)

  • Starting: 18th October – 20th October 2019

    • The programme is facilitated through monthly three day blocks (usually Friday to Sunday)
  • Duration: 2 Years

  • Annual Fees: €3,875


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.

A pluralistic perspective is an integrative approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy that embraces and considers multiple causes and responses to psychological distress. The aim of the programme is to equip practitioners with an up-to-date, cutting edge training to meet the needs of contemporary society. It also aims to identify and develop leadership and collaborative qualities in those involved in therapeutic practice. With a strong research focus, graduates from this programme will have the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to act as research-practitioners.

The programme aims to enable graduates to analyse their own practice and the profession as a whole. We strive to facilitate learners in the creation of evidence-based solutions to the current problems they face as individual practitioners and dilemmas that exist within the profession. As pluralism is the unifying theme in the programme, the programme will foster a spirit of enquiry where learners will engage in the pursuit of multiple truths, drawing from diverse disciples, approaches and orientations.

Who Should Apply

This two year 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

  • An honours degree, Level 8 on The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), in counselling and psychotherapy, or equivalent and evidence of completion of 50 hours of personal therapy and 120 hours of supervised clinical practice.


  • An honours degree, Level 8 on the NFQ, plus a professional diploma in counselling and psychotherapy that meets with IACP/IAHIP course recognition standards, or equivalent. The diploma must have counselling and psychotherapy at its core and have a minimum of 450 hours in tutor/student contact over the duration of the programme.

Learners will be invited to an interview with faculty as part of the application process.


This part-time 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.

Student Benefits & Support

We hold that it is not enough to simply teach the skills of counselling and psychotherapy. Learners are given the space to learn, practice and be supported as they develop for themselves a style and model of counselling which is both personal and effective.


Learners are assessed through a continuous assessment strategy, which includes a variety of mediums such as individual and group projects, skills training assessments, case studies and process recordings, written assignments, essays and a dissertation.

Validation & Accreditation of Award

This master’s programme is accredited by IACP.

This master’s programme is a major award validated by *QQI at Level 9 on the NFQ.

  • *subject to revalidation in 2019



Start Dates

  • Starting: 18th October – 20th October 2019
  • The programme is facilitated through monthly three day blocks (usually Friday to Sunday)

Programme Lecturers

We have a large faculty team, including:

  • Professor John McLeod
  • Professor Michael O’Rourke
  • Dr. Marcella Finnerty
  • Dr. Maria Quinlan
  • Dr. Eve Watson
  • Dr. Linda Finnegan
  • Ms. Aisling Leonard-Curtin
  • Mr. David O’Regan
  • Mr. Padraig O’Morain
  • Mr. Dermot O’Neill

Protection for Enrolled Learners

This programme is covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of IICP College ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded. Current PEL arrangements consist of a 2% levy on course fees. IICP do not pass the cost of this on to learners.

Programme Structure

The programme contains nine/ten modules over the duration of two years.

The programme allows learners to engage in an in-depth analysis of pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy. Pluralism holds that different clients will want and need different things at different times. It considers that there is no one approach.

The programme entails training pluralistic theory and skills, engagement in learning in other approaches (i.e. CBT, ACT, Psychoanalysis). There is a strong focus in practitioner research and an exploration of philosophical and sociological concepts.

IICP understand that while partaking in further education is an incredibly rewarding experience it can also be a financial challenge for some students. In order to minimise the financial impact caused to students, IICP strive to keep our course fees as competitive as possible. We also provide payment plan options to facilitate learners paying the balance of their fees throughout the duration of their course.

Overall Programme Fees

(Inclusive of QQI registration fee of €200 and the annual Professional Knowledge Seminar Fee)

  • Application Fees: €60
  • Year One Fees: €3,875*
  • Year Two Fees: €3,875

*Following successful interview a deposit of €1,155 is required to secure your place.

Year One: Payment Options

(1) Pay in Full before Start of Course

Payment Type Payment Due Payment Amount
Application Fee On application (non-refundable) €60
Deposit On acceptance of course offer €1,155
Balance of Fees On or before 01 September 2019 €2,720
Total Paid:

(2) Payment Plan Options Available (incurs additional PP fee*)

  • Flexible Payment Options Available. Please Contact the IICP office to find out more!

Extra Costs

  • Except where stated, course fees cover tuition only. Learners on this programme must also complete clinical work and engage an individual supervisor for this work. Supervision fees are negotiable between learners and individual supervisors.

Getting Started

A non-refundable application fee of €60 is required in order to process course applications. Upon receipt of a completed application, learners will be invited to attend an interview to demonstrate their suitability for the course.

To apply for a place on this course, please download, complete and return the below application form along with the required documentation and application fee for the attention of: Tríona Kearns, Registrar and Dean of Academic Affairs, IICP College, Killinarden Enterprise Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24. There is a high demand for this programme, so early application is always advisable.

  • To apply and pay online, simply click the below button and complete the online application form.
  • Click the below button to download an application form.
  • Email the completed application form to triona@iicp.ie
Online Application
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Note: All programmes are run subject to sufficient demand and the formation of a viable class cohort (which shall be determined in the sole discretion of IICP College). A refund of any fees paid less the application fee will be given to applicants in the event that the programme does not proceed. Fees are not refundable in any other circumstances.

Why choose this Programme?

  • Ideal course for anyone looking to pursue a career in counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Facilitated by internationally renowned expert, Professor John McLeod.

  • Competitively priced course fees with payment plans available.
  • QQI validated, ensuring the highest quality content and delivery.

  • Incredibly high levels of student support, ensuring that learners are continually guided and supported.

What former students say about this Programme

The huge support offered by Professor John Mcleod and all at IICP was so invaluable as I progressed through this programme.

Josie Gough, MA Student

Doing the MA has been a fabulous experience. The level of support offered has been so helpful. I have learned so much in a wonderful environment. While it has been challenging, the facilitators and my peers have been a constant source of support, encouragement, information and fun. Thank you!

Ann Marie Bourke, MA Student

I found the flexibility shown in relation to the workload very useful. The academic support given throughout the course was excellent

Shay Hogan, MA Student

I really enjoyed this course and learning. The journey provided valuable new learning and insights both on a personal and professional level. Thank you – it has been a fantastic journey

Siobhan Quinn, MA Student

Immense learning, every module taught in a clear and open manner. Thanks to the lectures and college staff I kept going. There was so much support, care and guidance. Amazing experience. Thank you!

Anne Fitzgerald, MA Student

The whole programme was fascinating. Support could not be improved upon. There was always a sense that support was readily available with no sense of judgement or pressure. John is an incredibly inspirational teacher!

Caroline Burke, MA Student

This course has challenged me on a personal and professional front. I’m left with more options for further work but also left me feeling confident to pursue these goals. Words don’t do this justice and I imagine as time moves on I’ll have an even deeper appreciation for it down the road

Allen Gilhooly, MA Student