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Psychological Therapies
Postgraduate course
MA

Psychological Therapies

You can study this course part-time over two or three years. The two year route is eligible for the government postgraduate loan scheme, applicants who meet the standard criteria can apply for funding.

Overview

Gain the specialist training to boost your health-related skills and professional development. You will further your understanding of contemporary theories in psychological therapies by analysing key issues and debates in counselling and psychotherapy. You will explore cognitive behavioural therapy approaches to therapeutic practice, as well as social psychological theory and research into group therapy.

As well as supporting your professional growth, your course will allow you to specialise in your chosen area of interest. Some of the diverse modules have an experiential component, others require purely academic study, and some will be useful for psychologists undertaking an independent route to The British Psychological Society's Counselling Psychology Chartership.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.
The modular design of our course allows you to build on previous learning and experience. Plus, you'll have the unique opportunity to investigate areas outside of your normal area of work, and study the topics that most people are unable to follow at diploma level.

Our dissertation module allows you to undertake an in-depth study of an area of particular interest whilst contributing to the wider profession.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to an honours degree. All applicants should be a member of a relevant professional body with a code of ethics and have access to appropriate professional practice. All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to an honours degree. All applicants should be a member of a relevant professional body with a code of ethics and have access to appropriate professional practice. All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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Careers

Zainah Khan

Careers

Zainah Khan
General Manager and English language teacher From Zero International Language School

PG Cert Interpersonal & Counselling Skills

“"My course has been really empowering. It teaches skills that you can implement in your own life, as well as academically and professionally. I've developed a great sense of self-awareness and empathy, which support me in establishing good rapport with my students. These abilities have become natural to me, and I use them every day in my job."

Modules & learning

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Explore the philosophical, cultural, and historical development of existential, humanistic, transpersonal, and psychodynamic theories of therapy.

Increase your knowledge of and critically evaluate a range of contemporary issues from a therapeutic context.

Produce a substantial research project on a self-selected topic of interest to demonstrate your developmental learning in breadth and depth.

Your opportunity to explore different types of information about health and social care and critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.

Gain a theoretical, methodological and practical foundation for social research, allowing you to act as a social researcher to resolve practice-based problems.

Critically evaluate theoretical approaches to group work, and increase your self awareness and beliefs about group experience with an opportunity to lead a group session.

Gain a critical understanding of the foundations of cognitive and cognitive behavioural approaches, as well as a reflexive understanding of a range of the theories and skills in practice.

Develop specialist knowledge on a topic negotiated with your tutor which is directly relevant to service needs within your area of practice.

A chance to underpin reflective and informed practice of psychological therapies and allied professions, and support best practice in a way that is beneficial to practitioners and service users/ patients.

You will be introduced to coaching as an approach to working with people, and will develop a critical understanding of coaching theory and how coaching tools and techniques can be used in your area.

You will be introduced to to current research, theory and guidance for working with people with depression and anxiety.

Roger Higgins
Roger Higgins
Senior Lecturer
Roger Higgins is a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Therapies and Mental Health and a course leader for two MAs and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, accredited by the BACP. He is an experienced lecturer, trainer, supervisor, and person-centred psychotherapist, who has also taught and studied in the USA, at the University of New Orleans, Louisiana, where he managed a counselling centre at St Stephen Church.
The MA Psychological Therapies is an innovative course with a flexible approach to postgraduate study, which allows professionals in the field of health and social care to choose from a range of relevant modules, rather than following a proscribed course of study. Students can enhance their knowledge, both theoretically and practically, of subjects such as CBT, Spiritual Care, Coaching, Psychological Theories of Therapy, and Group Work.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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