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MA Psychotherapy and Counselling

Year 3

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able:
- to demonstrate an advanced understanding of concepts, information and techniques informed by knowledge across, or in aspects at, the forefront of psychotherapy and counselling
- to exhibit competence in the exercise of generic and subject-specific intellectual abilities;
- to demonstrate an advanced understanding of techniques applicable to advanced scholarship in psychotherapy and counselling;
- to take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
- proactively to formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
- critically and creatively to evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the discipline.

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (Taught) students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice (by successfully completing an award and for example by adding counselling to an existing professional area of expertise);
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others (integral to the learning and teaching for all modules);
- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations (integral in particular to Becoming and Reflective Practitioner modules);
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development (integral to all modules and particularly enshrined in the assessments for Becoming a Reflective Practitioner modules);
- critically to engage in the development of professional / disciplinary boundaries and norms (integral to all modules and particularly addressed in Becoming a Reflective Practitioner


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:
- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline;
- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
- evaluating and criticising received opinion;
- making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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