Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Postgraduate Research

Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences offer three Postgraduate Research programmes: PhD in Counselling Studies, MSc by Research in Counselling Studies and PhD in Health in Social Science.

We have a longstanding commitment to original empirical and theoretical research that engages critically with the practices of counselling and psychotherapy, and we are especially keen to encourage research concerned with the interface between counselling, psychotherapy and social, cultural and political life, and research that draws directly on practitioners’ own therapeutic work.




MSc by Research in Counselling Studies

The MSc by Research in Counselling Studies offers advanced training and education to students interested in developing research skills, including qualified counselling and psychotherapy practitioners and social science researchers.

MSc by Research Health Humanities and Arts

A new and innovative masters by research programme that explores health and wellbeing through the lens of arts and humanities practice and knowledge. **IMPORTANT** This programme is currently under review and we anticipate changes to the course structure. The anticipated changes relate to the balance between taught and research components. We are awaiting formal approval which we anticipate to be received by mid November 2020. We will then publish any changes to the description of this programme.

PhD Counselling Studies

The PhD/MPhil in Counselling Studies programme is an advanced research degree enabling students to conduct in-depth independent research on a topic of their choice, thereby contributing to the knowledge and evidence base for counselling and psychotherapy.

PhD Health in Social Science

Doctoral research students are a new and crucial part of the Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences research community and we welcome applications from potential students in our fields of research interest.

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