Part 1: PG Diploma
Contemporary Counselling Theory (30 credits; compulsory)
You will learn to critically consider the theoretical basis and evidence base for the therapeutic approaches to supporting different populations and a critical understanding of how to communicate specialist knowledge to non-expert audiences. Using cutting edge developments in the field of counselling you will be able to apply the key skills of critical appraisal and understanding.
Advanced Research Methods in Counselling (30 credits; compulsory)
This module focuses on developing practical research skills and an understanding of ethical issues within the counselling field. You will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience of preparing and applying research materials to small scale studies. You will develop an understanding of how to plan and design research and deciding on the appropriate methods for the counselling field.
Human Flourishing & Resilience (30 credits; optional)
This module focuses on the understanding of human flourishing and encourages self-reflection on personal resilience, self-care and wellbeing. You will gain a critical understanding of the theoretical approaches to understanding human flourishing, how to identify, develop, and evaluate appropriate interventions to enhance resilience and flourishing as well as understanding the associated ethical considerations. You will engage in reflection about your own strategies for coping and building resilience.
Professional Research Skills (30 credits; optional)
This module provides the opportunity to work as a part of a professional research team to design and conduct a real life research study. You will develop practical research skills such as; questionnaire and scale development, experimental task creation, interview/focus group skills, data protocols and applied research ethics.
Ethical and Professional Challenges (30 credits; optional)
In this module, you will explore the range of ethical challenges and debates within the field of applied psychology and counselling. The BPS, BACP and NHS ethical frameworks will be explored to help develop a critical understanding of the role of ethics in applied research.
Behaviour Change in Context (30 credits; optional)
This module focuses on developing a critical understanding of the science underpinning behaviour change. Focusing on the individual, societal and global factors that influence human social and health behaviours. You will consider real world issues and explore potential causes and solutions to these at an individual, societal and global level.
Part 2: MA
Applied Research Dissertation (60 credits; compulsory)
Following successful completion of Part 1, all students will be required to complete their own independent research project through the 60 credit Applied Research Dissertation in Part 2.