Counselling Studies, PhD

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13800
    Tuition (Year)
    4121
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
The University of Edinburgh ,
The PhD / MPhil 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.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The Counselling & Psychotherapy division specialises in qualitative, reflexive and critical research approaches, and the research portfolio is highly interdisciplinary, integrating concepts, practices and scholarship from counselling and psychotherapy, psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, cultural studies, health and social care, and other social sciences.

Candidates are welcome to propose research on topics that do not fall within staff's current research interests, in which case we will discuss with prospectuve students whether we are able to support proposed research. Candidates are also encouraged to contact academic staff to discuss PhD/MPhil research projects linked to existing, ongoing research initiatives, or to partner organisations with which staff already have connections.

The research interests of the Counselling and Psychotherapy team are detailed on the Counselling and Psychotherapy website:

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Aims

Students who successfully complete the MPhil / PhD will:

  • Be able to contribute to knowledge of counselling through undertaking effective research.
  • Identify, conceptualise and offer original and creative insights into therapeutic practice.
  • Be able to communicate research findings and advanced practice-based knowledge to a standard required of published academic, peer-reviewed work.

Structure

PhD study involves substantial independent research undertaken over a 3 years full time or 6 years part time and supported by an academic supervisor or supervisors.

PhD/MPhil 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.

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Entrance requirements

  1. Prospective applicants to the PhD/MPhil programme should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in any subject and/or a postgraduate qualification in counselling.
  2. Applicants for the PhD/MPhil programme should submit an outline research proposal, between 500 and 1500 words in length, describing the topic of their proposed research. There is no pro-forma for this outline but we suggest that you include some or all of the following:
  1. Two references commenting on your suitability
  2. English language requirements (IELTS 6.5+ or equivalent) apply to students whose first language is not English or whose first degree was not taught in English

Points to consider in your research proposal

  • Why the topic is of interest to you. This will include an indication of how the proposed research grows out of your personal and/or professional development.
  • How your proposed research will build on and/or contribute to knowledge (including professional practice). This will include brief discussion of existing literature, an indication of the debates or gaps in knowledge you wish to address, and/or the theoretical or conceptual framework you plan to adopt or explore
  • How you will conduct the research, including consideration of ethical issues. Under this heading please identify the methodological and/or ethical challenges you anticipate: you do not need to resolve them at this stage.

Further information

Students who are uncertain about their capacity for and commitment to this kind of study are advised to complete the MSc by Research in Counselling Studies first. However, an MSc is not a prerequisite for MPhil/PhD study and students with other research experience or with a high degree of motivation may wish to proceed direct to this degree pathway.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13800 International
  • GBP 4121 EU/EEA

Funding

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/postgraduate

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