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Course summary

Identify and investigate significant areas of importance within the field of counselling, by engaging in postgraduate level research on this master's top-up course. In response to the growing demand for effective counselling and psychotherapeutic practices, we offer a course through which qualified therapists can build knowledge within certain areas of interest, supporting the development of specialism and identity within the profession. If you already hold a postgraduate diploma in counselling or psychotherapy, this one-year top-up course gives you the opportunity to obtain a masters qualification by studying two research modules. As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Look at the relationship between research and the development of practice in the field
  • Be introduced to the appropriate methods of research in psychotherapy and use this knowledge to form a research proposal
  • Understand how to use techniques and tools from different modalities to tailor an individual approach to your research topic
  • Complete a dissertation detailing your own research process and findings on a subject area of your choice relating to counselling practice
Find out more This course will give you the opportunity to undertake in-depth research in an area of your own interest. You'll build on your existing academic knowledge and practice experience to build an advanced critical and reflexive understanding of the theory, practice and established methods of counselling and psychotherapy for use in professional practice.


Core Modules:

  • Understanding Social Research & Evaluation (online delivery)
- Dissertation

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy or Professional Training at Postgraduate level in Clinical Supervision and a relevant degree. Applicants are asked to complete a research topic proposal and submit this with their application, this will require approval by the course team before a place on the course can be offered. An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check may be required for certain projects involving specific groups of participants and this will be decided on receipt of the research topic proposal. If required, the DBS check can only be processed through the University. The University is unable to accept DBS checks obtained through another institution (this includes those registered with the DBS Update Service); the checks undertaken by the University are appropriate to the course of study. For important information on the UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check requirements please refer to the Guidance on DBS and Additional Checks. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.

Fees and funding

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Integrative Counselling (Top up) at Leeds Beckett University - UCAS