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MPhil Education (Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

10 Months
 Start month

 Tuition fee

21114 GBP
10500 GBP
10500 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
Faculty of Education
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling Masters degree is part of a B.A.C.P. and U.K.A.P.C. accredited route to becoming a child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counsellor. To become an accredited practitioner candidates are also required to hold the Advanced Diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling. The increased emphasis on the integration of education, social services and health in the delivery of services to children under the Children's Act 2004, make this route particularly pertinent and valuable, not only to teachers but to a wide range of practitioners within the area.

The four main elements of the route are:

  • The Therapeutic Relationship and Therapeutic Processes
  • This element explores an integrative approach to the therapeutic relationship. It will include a study of the working alliance, the transferential relationship and the person to person relationship.
  • Professional Issues in Therapy with Children
  • In these sessions, the key professional, ethical and legal issues surrounding the practice of therapeutic counselling and research on counselling are examined. Since the context of work with children and adolescents is rapidly changing, with increased emphasis on working with other agencies, systems and groups as well as with individuals, it is important to understand different contexts and the different modes of working within them.
  • Understanding Child and Adolescent Development

This element explores the key theoretical frameworks for individual and group development in childhood and adolescence and their implications for therapeutic practices.
Developing Children's Social and Emotional Well Being
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • Demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of an integrative, relational, developmental and ecosystemic approach to psychological therapy with children and young people
  • Shown abilities and skills to work therapeutically with children and young people
  • Demonstrated a highly developed ethical attitude both in therapeutic practice and research
  • Shown a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific topic;
  • Demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • Shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • Demonstrated self-direction, originality and ethical awareness in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Education to PhD are required to achieve:


1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.


2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

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Eligibility Criteria

Expected Academic Standard

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree.
  • If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

IELTS: 7.5 (7 in each section)

TOEFL : 110 ( 25 in each section)

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Course Modules

The course is composed of two key elements: (i) the research methods training course and (ii) the 'Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling' thematic route. Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and individual supervisions.

Each term, written work is submitted and formative feedback is provided.  Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions (three times a term).  At the end of each term, supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Thesis: Up to 20,000 words

Where a candidate receives a provisional fail mark, an oral examination is required.

Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.

Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

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