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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 4th module of the counselling programme.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Salma Siddique

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will introduce the topic of research in the context of counselling. The following questions will be addressed: What is research? How and why might counsellors do and use research? What does research tell us? How is research read critically? Asking questions such as: How can the results be generalised? Are there limitations (such as the way the sample was selected)? Are the results reliable? How adequate or convincing is the way in which concepts used in the research are applied? Are there serious omissions in the work? Are there other ways of explaining the results of the study? Are the methods used appropriate? How is a literature search undertaken? What is a good research question? How can answers be found? What methodologies are relevant to the field of counselling research? How are these located in terms of disciplinary perspectives? What kind of ethical considerations are important in counselling research? How can the results of research be reported?

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 24 - 28, 30 - 43

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: Formative Assessment: Self-appraisal statement Summative assessment: 1 written assignment (4500 words) Resit: There will be one opportunity to resubmit the work completed, as revised to take account of identified inadequacies in the original.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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