Research course

Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

University of Leicester · Institute of Lifelong Learning

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally have a relevant Masters degree from a British university or its equivalent, a qualification in counselling or psychotherapy to at least Diploma level or substantial experience in a related field, and at least three years relevant work experience. Candidates may, in some circumstances, be considered who do not have a Masters Degree, but who have a psychotherapy award from a reputable psychotherapy institute that is approved by UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), that is not formally validated as a Masters Degree, but that is deemed to be examined at Masters Level.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

A structured part-taught doctoral programme, with flexible full or part time registration, available to Home, EU and International students. The programme offers a broad range of methodological approaches to research, drawing on current and emerging theories, techniques, and practices of conducting research into counselling and psychotherapy. It is led by visionary researchers at the forefront of the profession.

Applicants will need a clear idea of an area of interest, sufficient to write a brief research proposal including methodology to be used.

Department specialisms

Person of the therapist; supervision; personal therapy; aspects of therapist training; CPD; development of profession; diversity. Group processes; training and HRD issues; theories of social diversity, cultural difference, social and psychological development; MHS provision; figurational theory. Experience & treatment of alcohol dependence; relationship between alcohol dependence and panic attacks.

Information for international students

Applicants for Flexible MPhil/PhD registration can be based anywhere in the world, and have between 3 to 6 years to complete the PhD. Students will be expected to attend tutorials and seminars in Leicester each academic year. Evidence of English language competency required.

Fees and funding

Self-funding, sponsoring organisation or employer.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Kathryn Noble
0116 252 5918
0116 252 5909