Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences


PhD study involves substantial independent research supported by an academic supervisor or supervisors.

The PhD programme is normally undertaken over three years full-time or six years part-time.

Students are encouraged to attend our research courses:

Between Counselling and Research 1: Approaches, Issues and Debates


Between Counselling and Research 2: Qualitative Research Design and Methods

Other research training courses of relevance include:

  • Conducting Research Interviews
  • Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data
  • Core Quantitative Data Analysis for Social Research
  • Research Design
  • Autoethnographic Research in the Social Sciences
  • Current Issues in Health and Illness Research
  • Ethical and Political Issues in Social Research
  • Analysing Qualitative Data
  • Narrative, Text and Discourse
  • Discourse Analysis/Conversation Analysis
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences
  • Survey Methods and Data
  • Qualitative Methods and Ethnographic Fieldwork
  • Reflexivity in Qualitative Research
  • Visual Research: Theoretical and Methodological Issues
  • Legal Research Methods
  • Historical Methodology
  • Research Methods and Problems in Cultural Studies
  • Research Methods and Problems in Film Studies

Further information

PhD students are also able to attend postgraduate seminar courses from across the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and may wish to attend other courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy or relevant courses in the School of Health in Social Sciences and other cognate disciplines. Your supervisor can advise you about the relevance of particular courses to your research.

You will also attend and contribute to seminars, presentations and events throughout your studies, including the annual Counselling and Psychotherapy research student conference, which takes place in May each year.

You will also be encouraged to present your research at national and international conferences and to publish your findings in relevant peer-reviewed journals.