SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MDC822202
Module Leader Tasim Martin
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Advanced Research Enquiry in Counselling Psychology 1 MDC822197

Summary of Content

This module is an independent research module in which a major study in Counselling psychology is conducted, analysed and written up. This study follows on from the review, design and proposal undertaken in Advanced Research Enquiry in Counselling Psychology 2. Academic content will be individualized to the students research topic and methods, with external didactic resources organized where appropriate.


Specific to student's research topic and method

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:1 An ability to deconstruct and describe the broad philosophical context and assumptions of their research2 A capacity to refine, carry out, and analyze systematic, rigorous and original research in Counselling Psychology;3 An integrated understanding of the ethical procedures and process required in conducting original research in CounsellingPsychology;4 A sophisticated, reflective capacity to critically review their research in terms of its strengths and weaknesses from arange of philosophical perspectives in Counselling Psychology5 A critical awareness of the implications of research findings for the advancement of Counselling Psychologytheory, research and practice;6 An ability to write and present a major research study for publication in peer-review journals.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Most of the module will be conducted via independent research, with individual research supervision from the student's supervisor. However, this will be supplemented by research support group meetings at 3 or 4 week intervals, to provide social and practical from peers and tutors. In addition, a model of learning by doing will be used, with students expected to present their earlier research at conferences and submit it for publication. Participation in meetings of the Scottish Local Area Group of the Society for Psychotherapy Research will also be strongly encouraged, providing additional exposure to a research culture of empirical investigation of practical issues in Counselling Psychology.

Indicative Reading

Miles, J. & Gilbert, P. (eds.),(2005). A Handbook of Research Methods in Clinical and Health Psychology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Lambert, M.J. (Ed.), Bergin & Garfield's Handbook of psychotherapy and behavior change (5th ed.). New York: Wiley

Transferrable Skills

Upon completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate: - An ability to conduct, analyse and write a professional research report based on original research; - An ability to use individual group supervision processes; - An ability to take independent decisions on complex research problems and to provide a detailed, and conceptually advanced rationale for these; - An ability to locate a research study within philosophical tradition and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses from alternative perspectives.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 492.00
Assessment (FT) 100.00
Tutorials (FT) 8.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% 8000 wordmajor study dissertation