Why study MA Counselling & Psychotherapy?
The MA course is a postgraduate qualification for
practising counsellors and psychotherapists and in addition
supports allied health professions who have an interest in
counselling and psychotherapy, to explore contemporary issues. It
offers you the opportunity to reflect upon your own work in the
context of contemporary writing and research in the field of
counselling and other psychological therapies. You will gain a
deeper understanding of the major theoretical approaches, evaluate
the appropriateness of a range of interventions for different
client issues, and investigate aspects of the relationship between
client and therapist.
What will I study?
You will study five modules:
- Counselling Theory & Process
- Research Methods
- Counselling Training & Supervision
- Client Issues in Counselling Practice
- Research Paper (to graduate with an MA)
Will I get any practical experience?
The programme does not include a
placement however, the learning and engagement with the MA
will inform and influence your professional practice.
What skills will I acquire?
This is not a skills-based programme, although
you will find that the experience of being on the MA and the
learning and development that accrues over the programme positively
influences your knowledge, skills and abilities as a
How will I be assessed?
All assessment is through written assignments.
There are no exams.
Staff research interests
The tutors are active researchers themselves and
most have publications related to their research areas. These
include: relational ethics; research methodologies; supervision;
body-mind connections; practitioner well-being; psychodrama and
communal practice related counselling issues.
What resources will I have access to?
We have a good stock of library resources,
including textbooks and back editions of a selection of therapy
journals. In addition, you will have access to a wide range of
web-based resources that you can access within the University and
from your home computer.
Degree programme information