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, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Discipline Convenor

          +44(0)1908 652589