Counselling Studies

Degree: Master
University: The University of Edinburgh , Faculty: College of Humanities & Social Science
City: Edinburgh , Country: United Kingdom
Discipline: Social Sciences
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  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    In addition to the professional training programme, the Master of Counselling (MCouns), Counselling and Psychotherapy offers the MSc in Counselling Studies, a taught masters which firmly locates the practice of counselling within the field of social scientific enquiry. Distinctive features of this degree include close links with professional training in counselling and with social science research concerned with counselling and society. It includes the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies, three other substantive taught courses and a dissertation.
    The MSc in Counselling Studies offers advanced academic study of counselling and related practices. It aims to foster the development of critical reflection on the field by professionally qualified practitioners and others. It complements professional training in counselling, by providing students from a range of backgrounds with critical perspectives on counselling and related practices.

    Students on the MSc in Counselling Studies may undertake an empirical research project or a piece of critical scholarship for their dissertation. Counselling Studies has a longstanding commitment to original empirical and theoretical research that engages critically with the practices of Counselling Studies. 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, integrating concepts, practices and scholarship from Counselling Studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, cultural studies, health and social care, and other social sciences. We specialise in qualitative, reflexive and critical research approaches. Our core orientation is a dialogue between the humanistic and psychoanalytical perspectives.


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