Research course

Counselling, Psychotherapy and Mental Health

Open University · Department of Psychology

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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) We normally expect applicants to have an appropriate masters degree, or some evidence of substantial experience in doing independent research at postgraduate level 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 critical mental health, 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 engaged in practice). In correspondence with curriculum development and the activities of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Research Group. There is an exciting range of approaches, including existential, psychodynamic, 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 Association of Psychosocial Studies 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
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    15 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Discipline Convenor
+44(0)1908 652589