Research course

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Open University · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent). We normally expect applicants to have an appropriate masters degree, including some research methods. A recognised MSc (Research Methods) is required for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships.

Months of entry


Course content

A significant development in the School of Psychology’s research is in the area of counselling and psychotherapy. As with other areas, the approach here is one of theoretical and methodological innovation that is grounded in the world of practice (all staff working in this area are practitioners). There is an exciting range of approaches, including existential, systemic, mindfulness, and integrative, as well as a broad-based research expertise which includes quantitative and qualitative methods. The School also has an interest in methodological innovation and expertise in the related arena of self-help and advice-giving.

The School has strong links with the nationwide Psychosocial Network which brings together researchers adopting various psychosocial approaches, many of whom are also clinical practitioners. These links make the School an exciting and innovative place to conduct research with a counselling and/or psychotherapy focus and there are active and on-going relationships with non-statutory sector agencies working in this field.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Discipline Convenor
+44(0)1908 652589