Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies
School - School of Health and Society
Subject area - Counselling and Psychotherapy
Start Date(s): September
September (full-time and part-time)
MSc: One year full-time, two or three years part-time
PgDip: One and a half or two years part-time
PgCert: One year part-time
Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module (Home/EU), £2,310 per 30 credit module (International)
UK - £7,560
International - £13,860
- Gain advanced skills for complex psychotherapeutic situations
- Benefit from up-to-date thinking from experts in theory, practice and research
- Conduct publishable research that creates real impact
- Part-time study option
- International students can apply
This course is for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists only. Other applicants should see our MSc/PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training) instead.
Please Note: Only fully qualified, professional counsellors or psychotherapists can apply for this course. If you are not qualified, please apply for the MSc/PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training).
This flexible course will enable you to advance your expertise in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the areas most relevant to your professional practice.
The practice-based focus of the course will enable you to further develop your therapeutic skills and apply what you learn in complex professional contexts.
The course further develops your critical understanding of the theoreticalknowledge which underpins practice and enhances your ability to critically appraiseresearch evidence.
To gain entry onto this course, you will need to be a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist and in practice.
This course will equip you with advanced knowledge relating to Counselling and Psychotherapy through a flexible structure that enables you to tailor the course to best fit your professional training needs.
Whatever your chosen focus of practice, each module will critically inform the rationales for your work with clients at an advanced level.
All the modules are optional, apart from the Dissertation module on the MSc pathway. The course has a one year full time pathway and two and three year part time pathways.
Full Time One Year Pathway: You would do the Dissertation module and four of the other modules listed below in one year. This pathway is eligible for the PG loan.
Two Year Part Time Pathway: You do three of the modules listed below in Year One and would then do one further module and the Dissertation module in Year Two. This pathway is eligible for the PG loan.
Three Year Part Time Pathway: You do two of the modules listed below in Year One, two more in Year Two, and you would then the Dissertation module in Year Three. While this pathway is not eligible for the PG loan, the route it offers is ideal if you have a very busy schedule or if you can take the fast-track route onto Year Two or Three if you already have relevant postgraduate credits, and/or are an accredited counsellor or psychotherapist.
Note that Research Methods module is an option that is available in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.
This module is taken in Semester 3 (June to September) in the One Year Full Time pathway; in Semester 2 and 3 of Year Two in the Two Year Part Time pathway; and in Semester 1 and 2 of Year Three in the Three Year Part Time pathway.
There are a small number of taught sessions associated with this module, but the main focus of the module is independent learning supported by regular contact with your Dissertation Supervisor.
On successful completion of this module you will be able to critically identify and apply knowledge of research and inquiry techniques applicable to Counselling and Psychotherapy to enhance your research and advanced scholarship skills. You will be able to evaluate research and inquiry methods with due consideration of research, governance, project management and ethics frameworks at local, national and international levels. You will also gain skills in critically appraising and debating key concepts, methods and underpinning philosophy related to research. The module will support you in developing your ability to apply creative thinking and problem solving strategies relevant to Counselling and Psychotherapy, enabling you to address the challenges of research and inquiry within the field and justify your chosen approaches to research and professional inquiry. The module will offer you the opportunity to critically evaluate current research evidence, policy and reflect upon your role as a researcher/change agent within professional, educational, clinical or organisational practice.