Students who have completed our PgDip in Counselling, our pre-1999 Diploma in Counselling, or an equivalent course, have an opportunity to continue their studies towards a Master's exit award through enrolling on the Master's phase of our counselling programme.
What does it consist of?
The primary component of the Master's phase is a 15,000-20,000 word research-based dissertation. The topic of this dissertation is of the student's choice, but students are invited to link their research in to the main Counselling Unit Research Themes:
* Person-centred/experiential therapy: process and outcomes
* Existential therapy: process and outcomes
* Pluralistic framework
* Social anxiety: person-centred/experiential approaches
* Counselling in schools
* Relational depth
Students are also encouraged to use one of the research methods that the Unit specialises in:
* Systematic Qualitative Research
* Interpretive Single Case Study Research
* Measure Development for person-centred/experiential approaches
* Practice-based group design research/service evaluation
The course begins in September with an intensive introduction to research methods in counselling and psychotherapy, delivered as five one-day workshops, three in September (Thursday 13, Friday 14 and Friday 21) and one in October (Friday 19) guiding students through the four key types of counselling research listed above. A follow-up session in November (Friday 16) will help students finalize their research topic and develop their ethics proposal for submission by the end of Term 1. Much of the dissertation work will be carried out by students on an independent basis, supported by course tutors at 3 or 4 week intervals. Each student will also be allocated ten hours of individual supervision per year.
In addition, the course offers on-line support and resources.
Full-time international students will need to attend monthly research community meetings and meet with their supervisor on at least one other point in the month.
Most students will complete their research dissertation in two years, although it is possible to finish in one year. Part-time students have a maximum of three years to complete their dissertations, and full-time students, two years.
Why should I do it?
As a research-based programme of study, the Masters in Counselling will:
* Provide you with a higher level counselling qualification
* Help you develop your research competences - skills that counselling employees may be looking for
* Provide you with an opportunity to follow up an area of particular interest and to take a lead in that field
* Help you develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required to publish writings in the field of counselling and psychotherapy
* Provide you with the basics for further academic work in the field (i.e. a PhD or Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Who will supervise the study?
Students will work primarily with one or two supervisors, one of whom will be the main supervisor. As per University regulations, main supervisors will meet at least two of the following three criteria:
* be qualified at Masters level or above
* have a specialist knowledge and understanding of the topic proposed
* have had experience of supervision of higher degree work
The majority of the dissertations will be supervised by Robert Elliott, Mick Cooper, Lorna Carrick, Beth Freire and Brian Rodgers.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.