Research course

Counselling Studies

University of Edinburgh · Counselling Studies

Entry requirements

We welcome PhD research proposals which share our epistemological and methodological ethos, including our commitment to produce practice-relevant knowledge in the field. We are very happy to hear from potential PhD students prior to application to discuss your research ideas and to decide whether we would be able to support and supervise your research. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

This PhD is an advanced research degree enabling students to conduct in-depth independent research on a topic of their choice, thereby making a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Counselling and Psychotherapy has a long-standing commitment to original empirical and theoretical research that engages critically with the practices of counselling and psychotherapy.

We are especially keen to encourage research concerned with the interface between counselling, psychotherapy and social, cultural and political life, and research that draws directly on practitioners' own engagement in therapeutic work with clients.

Our research portfolio is highly interdisciplinary. We specialise in qualitative, reflexive and critical research approaches while welcoming other approaches to this field.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

PG Research Secretary
+44 (0) 131 651 3967