Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Teaching and assessment

The programme team has an enviable mix of professional experience as both health practitioners and as leading researchers in the field of health.

This programme comprises 2 semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses followed by a dissertation. Most courses are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars/tutorials as well as a range of more innovative teaching scenarios which may include documenting with film to acting workshops and online forums depending on the staff availability in any given semester. 

The content of seminars and tutorials varies but often consists of presentations, discussions and interactive sessions using action-based learning approaches. Students will benefit from the diverse expertise of staff in this area in the disciplinary background, in working in different cultures, in the field, and with diverse and often creative research methods.

The programme is committed to pushing boundaries of ‘traditional’ learning, teaching and research. Imaginative approaches are actively encouraged.

Staff who work on the programme


Dr Marisa De Andrade is Programme Director for the MSc in Health, Humanities & Arts, Lecturer in Health, Science and Society in the subject area Counselling, Psychotherapy & Applied Social Sciences (CPASS), and an Associate Director of the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry (CCRI). She brings her creative background in radio presenting, journalism and performing arts to health policy and practice. You’ll find more details about her here: Marisa’s Research Profile







Dr Jonathan Wyatt is the Head of CPASS and Director of CCRI. His research examines the entanglement of self and other within and beyond the therapeutic encounter; and it troubles what we mean by ‘self’ and ‘other’. He’s working on the links between counselling, stand-up, and writing-as-inquiry. More details about Jonathan here: Jonathan's Research profile







Dr Amy Chandler is Chancellor’s Fellow in Health, through Arts, Design and Humanities. She is a Co-Director of the Centre for Families and Relationships, and Associate Researcher with CCRI. Amy is a sociologist and specialises in qualitative methodologies, informed by narrative, interpretive approaches. Her research engages especially with accounts and representations of embodiment and health. More information can be found here: Amy's Research Profile