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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    36 months part-time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    11 August 2017

Course content

The MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling provides high quality BACP-accredited training, with a strong research focus. It offers an opportunity to critically and creatively evaluate current theory and practice issues.

You’ll benefit from the knowledge of experienced counsellors and psychotherapists, with senior levels of registration.

Teaching staff are also active researchers, with a range of specialisms. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to conduct independent in-depth research into a complex specialist area. In your final year, our innovative annual student conference gives you chance to share your research with peers.

The programme aims to equip you to work with self-direction and make effective decisions in complex and unpredictable situations. Many students also bring a wealth of personal experience that helps them to reflect on a range of human issues. Our excellent relationships with a range of agencies throughout the region will assist you in finding a practice placement.

More information

Staff research specialisms include: values and ethics, power and politics, person-centred approaches, phenomenology, reflexivity in research, eating disorders, addictions, crosscultural research, maternal wellbeing and eating behaviours, mother-infant mealtime interactions.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma level.

Accreditation

The MA Psychotherapy and Counselling has received British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited course status which, on successful completion, will allow you to be added to their voluntary assured register of practitioners.

Course content

Over the first two years you study nine modules: four theory and four concerned with development as a reflective practitioner, plus research methods. In the third year, you have the opportunity to undertake small-scale research.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1 Compulsory modules

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories 15 credits
  • Becoming a Reflective Practitioner 1a 15 credits
  • Theories of Human Intersubjective Development 15 credits
  • Becoming a Reflective Practitioner 1b 15 credits

Year 2 Compulsory modules

  • Ethical and Cultural Issues for Psychotherapeutic Counselling 15 credits
  • Becoming a Reflective Practitioner 2a 15 credits
  • Integration of Psychotherapeutic Theory, Practice and Intersubjectivity 15 credits
  • Becoming a Reflective Practitioner 2b 15 credits
  • Research Methods 15 credits

Year 3 Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation 45 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Psychotherapy and Counselling MA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You are encouraged to develop as an independent learner and scholar. Teaching approaches emphasise reflection and reflexivity and encourage you to bring personal and professional experience into discussion as a source of critical wisdom alongside wide reading.

Students starting in 2017 will have a teaching day of Tuesday throughout the first and second year

Assessment

Assessments include essays, oral presentations, live skills demonstrations, audio recorded extracts from client work, and reports from supervisors and placement mentors.

Career opportunities

Many of our graduates go on to combine counselling and psychotherapy with their existing professions, such as nursing or education. Some continue to work in a voluntary capacity to build sufficient supervised client hours to join the advanced category of individual BACP accreditation, while others set up in private practice.

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers within the region, many of whom are closely associated with the course as practice providers or supervisors. Many of our graduates have gone on to hold positions of responsibility as counsellors or psychotherapists within the NHS and voluntary bodies, and some have returned to us to undertake PhD research or teaching.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


Visit the Psychotherapy and Counselling MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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