Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

The core 60 credit module, independent research and dissertation, begins with 24 workshop hours dedicated to the initial preparation required to conduct an ethical, reliable and valid independent research enquiry, consistent with your professional experience and psychotherapy research interest. The remainder of the programme follows a self-directed research study, supported by individual tutorials where you consolidate and synthesise your prior theoretical and conceptual learning with your professional practice and current research enquiry. Following a learning agreement with your tutor and subsequent ethical approval from the LJMU Research Ethics Committee, you will embark on your research activity and follow through from the recruitment phase to analysis and discussion of your findings and completion of the research project. The dissertation is the written presentation of your robust and critically argued enquiry which reflects the research integrity and its applicability to the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Please note: this course is now operating a waiting list.

Entry requirements

You must already be a qualified and practising therapist with 120 M level credits from a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and/or Psychotherapy. Additionally, you are expected to hold an undergraduate degree, although consideration is given to mature students with experience and expertise in a related field who also have acquired the 120 PG Diploma credits. 

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. Level 7 •Counselling Skills: Consolidates and develops counselling ability in preparation for the practice placement •Client-Centred Theory: Gives a thorough critical knowledge base of Person-Centred theory •Development Group: Self and Society with block learning: Focuses on self-awareness •Ethical Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Focuses on professional and ethical issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy •Comparative Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories: Compares and contrasts other schools of counselling and psychotherapy with the person centred approach •Counselling Practice: Enables you to synthesise theoretical learning, practice development and increasing self-awareness •Development Group: Self in Relationship with block learning: Focuses on self-awareness and congruence •Ethics and Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Synthesises ethical research methodology with person-centred practice •Dissertation: Incorporates research methodology and an active research project resulting in a dissertation

Assessment methods

The programme offers a variety of teaching and assessment methods, although emphasis is placed on face-to-face contact due to the importance of communication skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy. You will be taught via a series of lectures, seminars, films, discussion sessions, experiential learning and e-learning activities presented via LJMU's Canvas facility. Lecturers will offer valuable insights into the latest theories and practice techniques and ample one-to-one sessions will ensure the development of key communication skills. Each module in the first two years is assessed through coursework. You are encouraged to learn with and from each other as part of a community of learners and peer assessment is a key feature of the course. The final MA year involves four days of study followed by a research project to produce a dissertation, supported by tutorials and other forums. As this is a professional programme, you will need to be deemed fit to practice and tutors have a responsibility to individually assess your readiness to begin placement work. Fitness and readiness to practice are assessed throughout the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 per Credit (Home/EU) 3 Years

Campus details

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Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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