This course enables individuals with an interest or professional experience in the provision of psychological therapies to gain further relevant knowledge and relevant experience, and provides the possibility to continue onto a professional doctorate in counselling psychology.
About the course
The MSc in Psychological Therapy is the equivalent of Year 1 of the professional doctorate in counselling psychology.
Students who complete all of the Year 1 modules from the doctoral programme but do not complete it fully, can take the award of MSc in Psychological Therapy.
A small number of places are usually available each year for applicants who wish just to apply for the MSc and not the full doctoral programme. This award does not confer eligibility to apply for HPC registration as a counselling psychologist or BPS chartered psychologist status.
However, it may be of interest to individuals seeking to gain experience in the field of counselling psychology or who do not intend to practice in the UK or those seeking to gain a qualification that is supportive of their professional development in a current area of related activity, e.g. assistant psychologists, mental health practitioners, psychotherapists or counsellors.
Students can also apply to complete smaller numbers of modules from Year 1 of the programme to be eligible for the interim awards of Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological therapy (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Therapy /Applied Psychology Studies (60 credits).
Applicants state on their application forms whether they wish to enrol for the masters or doctoral programme, and whether they wish study in full or part time mode.
The same initial admissions criteria (see part 2, section 3) are applied to all applicants, whether they wish to complete the full doctoral programme or just the MSc. Students can also apply to complete smaller numbers of modules from Year 1 of the programme to be eligible for the interim awards of Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological therapy (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Therapy/Applied Psychology Studies (60 credits).
Assessment on the course combines a variety of methods that reflect the range of competencies and experience that students develop on the programme. This includes:
case studies and process reports to assess students’ ability to effectively plan, implement, reflect on, evaluate and make recommendations regarding psychological interventions, within a recognised model of therapy and service context;
essays and examinations to assess areas of professional knowledge and understanding;
practice placement competency evaluations to rate the level of proficiency attained by students in their placement work;
a mid-year review and end-of-year appraisal to monitor students’ performance across the programme and their accrual of the necessary experience;
research assignments to assess knowledge and understanding of a range psychological research methods;
a reflexive critical literature and proposal to assess students’ ability to appraise the state of knowledge in a professionally relevant topic area and design a coherent research study for the generation of new knowledge;
attendance monitoring to ensure that students demonstrate adequate engagement with the taught curriculum
You will be introduced to the humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural models of therapy and encouraged to develop a set of generic counselling psychology skills (including assessment, formulation, treatment planning, intervention strategies and evaluation), underpinned by the core conditions of therapeutic relationships.
This forms a framework which supports trainees’ work in practice placements and within which model specific CBT skills can develop. Areas of core professional knowledge, including diversity, ethics, lifespan development, psychopharmacology, psychometrics, record keeping, evidence based practice and use of supervision are also introduced.
Regular case discussion provides opportunities for you to reflect on your work and learning, and to receive feedback from other students and staff. A central role is also given to facilitating your personal development and self-awareness. You engage in your own personal therapy and participate in reflective practice groups, which promote a capacity to reflect on therapeutic process, and ethical and safe clinical practice.
Teaching on research provides trainees with knowledge, support and practical skills to enable them to utilise a variety of research designs, to carry out a literature review and develop a research proposal in a selected topic area.
Stage / Year 1 topics include:
Psychological knowledge and models of therapy
Therapeutic and reflective skills
Professional and ethical issues
Working with difference and diversity
Counselling psychology practice and development
Advanced research design and analysis for psychology
Research project and critical skills
Why London Met?
At London Metropolitan University
, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.
The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.
Support from London Met
If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/