MPhil/PhD Counselling

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Research opportunities

Our MPhil/PhD in Counselling is an opportunity for practising counsellors/psychotherapists to develop their research knowledge and skills by conducting a substantial practice-based research study related to the process or outcome of counselling. We specialise in person-centred-experiential therapy and have our own research clinic that offers the opportunity to access our substantial data archive or to conduct new data collection.

You can study an MPhil in Counselling with us over one year, or a PhD over three years, with the option of studying on a part-time basis.

Research areas

  • developing the theory underpinning person-centred-experiential therapy through empirical research
  • investigating counselling outcome according to a range of variables and through a variety of methods
  • exploring counselling process through a variety of methods, including systematic case studies
  • measure development (e.g. Strathclyde Inventory, Therapeutic Relationship Scale)

Strathclyde Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Clinic

The Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde has its own research clinic, the Strathclyde Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Clinic.

Established by Professor Robert Elliott in 2007, the research clinic is open to members of the local community who are willing to take part in research activities alongside their counselling process.

Our counsellors and researchers are usually students currently registered on our MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy. We collect quantitative and qualitative data:

  • from clients at intake
  • during therapy
  • at the end of therapy and at follow-up
  • from therapists during the therapy process

Clients and therapists give consent as to how their data may be used in future research studies. Our data archive is substantial and includes audio recordings of therapy sessions and research interviews. The research clinic operates within a generic framework of ethical approval provided by the University Ethics Committee (UEC). Time-limited studies approved by the UEC can be embedded within our established protocol.

Strathclyde Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Clinic

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Scotland
  • 2023/24: TBC
  • 2022/23 - £4,596
England, Wales & Northern Ireland
  • 2023/24: TBC
  • 2022/23 - £4,596
International

£16,050

International students

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information. 

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Support & development

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for research students studying subjects within Humanities & Social Sciences.

Our staff will support you through your studies and you'll become part of a community of students who get involved with our workshops, seminars and competitions.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and helps you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Careers

The University Careers Service can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation. Take a look at our careers service pages to get more information.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have a wide range of support for all students here at Strathclyde. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

Visit our international students' section

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Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent.

The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

Download our step-by-step guide on how to submit your application.

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Entry requirements

Our MPhil and PhD students are usually practising counsellors or psychotherapists who have completed professional training at postgraduate level (PgDip or MSc) and hold a first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent.

If English isn't your first language, you'll also need to have a recent UKVI recognised Secure English Language Test (SELT) qualification.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 1500 to 2000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Supervisors

You'll need to identify your research supervisor before you finalise your application, preferably as early as possible. When you've identified a potential supervisor, based on how well your research interests match theirs, drop them an email to introduce yourself. In the email, make sure you attach a draft of your research proposal along with a copy of your CV for the supervisor to look at. Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage – you'll have help from the School of Psychological Sciences and Health to refine it.

If your chosen supervisor is available to work with you, they'll confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor. As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus; our online application system.

When you accept our offer, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Accepting an offer

When you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Counselling

MPhil
part-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Counselling

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Counselling

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Counselling

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Counselling

MPhil
part-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Counselling

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Counselling

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Counselling

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Counselling

MPhil
part-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Counselling

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Counselling

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Counselling

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

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Contact us

Dr Susan Stephen

Telephone: +44 (0) 141 548 3703

Email: susan.stephen@strath.ac.uk