The MA Counselling and Psychotherapy by Research course will offer the opportunity to learn skills and competencies to critique and appraise, as well as carry out research in counselling and psychotherapy.
It does not lead to a practice qualification but to practice based research for those practitioners who are already qualified.
Areas of study
Modules are taught using a blended learning approach which combines elements of face-to-face teaching with independent study using web-based course materials.
Module 1 - Research Methods (30 Credits)
This module examines the purposes, principles, ethics and applications of research and the practice of both quantitative and qualitative research. The curriculum includes case studies, interviewing, action research, surveys, interpretive phenomenological analysis, narrative inquiry and critical research. Students will also produce a research proposal in preparation for the dissertation.
Dissertation (150 Credits) Identifying and justifying appropriate research questions and producing a detailed proposal will be followed by seeking ethical approval to conduct research into the student’s chosen topic. There is growing recognition internationally that sound research enhances good practice in counselling and psychotherapy. This module provides an opportunity for in-depth, practice-based research.
Self directed study supported by regular research supervision, offered by a specialist in chosen area.