SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MDC822205
Module Leader Barbara Duncan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Analytical Methods Module (MMC811518)

Summary of Content

This is an Independent Study Module (60 D-level/M-level credit points) which forms the first element in the Doctorate in in Counselling Psychology. It involves carrying out a systematic review of professional relevance to the Counselling Psychology field and will be assessed on the basis of review paper of not more than 10,000 words (excluding references, but not appendices). The work enables students to draw on the skills and insights acquired in the six M-level modules of the Counselling Psychology programme, and to assume a deep, critical and innovative stance in exploring a relevant topic in the Counselling Psychology field.


Students undertaking the module are required to devise an appropriate plan of study and empirical investigation relevant to the topic being explored

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate an ability to:1. Identify and conceptualise, in a broad and critical manner, an issue within the field of counselling psychology thatrequires empirical or theoretical investigation2. Undertake a comprehensive and systematic study of relevant literature and develop a personal, conceptually coherentstance in relation to the arguments raised3. Synthesise theoretical and professional insights derived from the literature and other sources; and, where appropriate,propose new hypotheses or insights4. Critically articulate, and reflect on, their interest and biases in relation to the chosen subject area5. Display an advanced ability to reflect critically and integrate the learning resulting from the study.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This is an independent study module supported by approximately 10 hours of contact with a research supervisor

Indicative Reading

McLeod, J. (2003) Doing Counselling Research. (2nd ed.) London: Sage. Denscombe, M. (2002) Ground Rules for Good Research: A 10 Point Guide for Social Researchers. Buckingham: Open University Press Department of Health (2001) Treatment Choices in Psychological Therapies and Counselling. London. Department of Health. Hill, C. E., Thompson, B. J. and Williams, E. N. (1997) A guide to conducting consensual qualitative research. The Counselling Psychologist 25(4), 517-572. Lambert, M. J. and Ogles, B. M. (2004) The efficacy and effectiveness of psychotherapy. In M. J. Lambert (Ed). Bergin and Garfield's Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behaviour Change. Chicago: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 139-193. McLeod, J. (2000) Qualitative Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage. Toukmanian, S. G. and Rennie, D. L. (1992) Psychotherapy Process Research: Paradigmatic

Transferrable Skills

Upon completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate the following transferable skills; o the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; o decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations; o the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development; " the ability to conceptualise and critically examine using an appropriate method of investigation, a specific topic , and to draw conclusions on the basis of this examination that enables the generation of new insights and the advancement of theory.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 385.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 205.00
Seminars (FT) 4.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% 10,000 word systematic review