Master of Arts in Integrative Counselling (Top-Up)

Leeds Beckett University is a modern, professional university with almost 24,000 students across two campuses. With a history dating back to 1824, the University provides quality teaching and delivers research on topical issues in society, such as cybercrime and living with dementia.

The city of Leeds is the biggest financial district outside of London, and the University works with businesses to ensure its programmes reflect the latest thinking, meet the needs of employers, and provide the skills the city region needs.

Leeds Beckett was awarded ‘silver’ status in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This is a nationally-recognised mark of quality for the education offered to current students. The University is was also rated five out of five stars for employability, facilities and internationalisation by QS Stars University Rankings.

Leeds Beckett University has successfully retained the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award,first awarded to the University in July 2015, in recognition of its continued commitment to the career development and management of its research staff.

Funding eligibility: UTAP

Faculty School of Education
Programme Code MA
Intake: 16 February 2024
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Master of Arts Psychotherapy

In response to the growing demand for effective psycho-therapeutic practices, we offer a course through which qualified therapists can build knowledge within certain areas of interest, supporting the development of specialism and identity within the profession. If you already hold a postgraduate diploma in counselling or psychotherapy, then this one year top-up course gives you the opportunity to obtain a masters qualification by studying two research modules.

You will be introduced to the appropriate methods of research in psychotherapy, and will use this knowledge to form a research proposal. You will then complete a dissertation on a subject area of your choice, but relating to psychotherapeutic practice. Your course will provide an advanced critical and reflexive understanding of the theory, practice and established methods of psychotherapy used in professional practice.


The MA Integrative Counselling (Top-up) course will give you the opportunity to undertake in-depth research in an area of your interest. You’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience and gain an advanced critical and reflexive understanding of the theory, practice and established methods of psychotherapy for use in professional practice.

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The course objectives and learning outcomes are as follow:

  1. Demonstrate a reflective and critical awareness of the ethical and professional problems to which psychotherapy and counselling research may give rise.
  2. Integrate and synthesise knowledge, theories and concepts from a range of disciplines in the analysis of contemporary social issues and take a critical, evidenced based view to determine ‘best practice’ in psychotherapy and related professions.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, or in groups, problem solve, generating and communicating research-based evidence that supports anti-discriminatory and best practice.
  4. Demonstrate the professional capabilities and transferable skills necessary for employment in psychotherapy and related settings and application of inter-professional concepts to the development of professional practice.

The MA ‘top-up’ consists of two core modules: Understanding Social Research and Evaluation (20 credits) and the Dissertation (40 credits). Students will be graduates of a course which is the equivalent to 120 UK Higher Education level 7 credits in the subject area, requiring a ‘top-up’ to a full master’s award.

Semester 1 Core
Understanding Social Research and Evaluation (20) Y
Semester 2 Core
Dissertation (40) Y

Module: Understanding Social Research and Evaluation
Module Aims
This module enables students to select, devise, analyse and synthesise research and evidence-based practice findings in an inter-professional environment. Students develop an advanced understanding of selected research methods and have opportunities for acquiring appropriate research skills through study and application to their own sphere of professional practical experience.
Module Learning Outcomes
On completion, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate a research proposal and working hypothesis as part of designing a piece of research.
  2. Critically understand some of the epistemological and ontological issues involved in research methodology.
  3. Demonstrate a sensitive awareness of the ethical and political problems to which research may give rise.
  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of qualitative methods and ways of assuring validity and reliability within them, thus synthesising different philosophies of interpretation of data and a clear methodological position.
Module: Dissertation
Module Aims
The module aims to enable students to identify an area of study that permits the development of individual knowledge, key and intellectual skills appropriate to master’s level study and to encourage further personal and/or professional development.
Module Learning Outcomes
On completion, students will be able to:
  1. Synthesise knowledge and understanding of the wider contexts of professional practice and in doing so demonstrate a critical understanding of local, national and global perspectives.
  2. Formulate the contribution that project findings will make to the growth of inter-professional theory through dissemination.
  3. Provide a reflexive analysis of the role of 'self' in the research and evaluate the impact of undertaking the project on their personal, professional and academic development.
  4. Show highly developed skills in the discovery and analysis of a body of knowledge, which is either an extension of information covered in the course or a topic not previously presented as an assignment.

Assessment will be through coursework, comprising a research proposal and a dissertation.

Students must successfully complete and pass all the stipulated course modules to be awarded the Master of Arts in Psychotherapy.

Applicants will be graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology, and Graduate Diploma Counselling Psychology course at the College of Allied Educators. Applicants with prior learning and similar postgraduate diploma may be assessed on a case by case basis.

Where applicable, applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; All applicants should satisfy the Leeds Beckett University English language requirements, IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5 or an equivalent award.

Depending on the nature of the research project, local processes will need to be followed regarding police checks or similar for projects with participants who are at risk adults or children.

All students are required to attend the Induction on Friday 16 February 2024 at 7pm. The Zoom details will be emailed to you.

Module Month/Year Lecture twice a week
Tuesday & Friday
7pm to 10pm
Tutorials on
7pm to 10pm
Understanding Social Research
(24 hours of lecture,
12 hours of tutorial)
February 20, 23, 27 21
March 1, 5, 8, 12, 15 6, 13, 20
Research Idea (1,000 words) submission due date 27 February 2024 by 2359 hours
Topic Proposal (3,000 words) due date 18 June 2024 by 2359 hours
Module Month/Year Lecture once only
Tuesday 7pm to 10pm
Tutorial every Tuesday 7pm to 10pm
3 hours of lecture,
6 hours of tutorial -
Monthly mtg with Course Leaders
June 25
July 23
August 20
September 17
Project Supervision
Up to 12 hours
Via zoom/email with supervisor
Paper (10,000 words) due date 26 November 2024 by 2359 hours

Preview Days & Time: Mondays – Fridays
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Next Intake: 16 February 2024
Duration: 12 Months (Part-Time)
Contact Hours: 60
Course Fee Structure: Payment to be made to
Non Refundable Application Fees: Application Fee – S$150.00
Course Fee: S$16,800.00
CAE students will receive a $1,800.00 grant.
Total Payable before GST: S$16,950.00
GST of 9%: S$1,525.50
Total Payable after GST: S$18,475.50
Payment Mode:

Cash / NETS / Credit Card / Cheque / Telegraphic Transfer / Bank Transfer / PayNow / In-house Instalment

– Interest-free instalment up to 12 months available for UOB & OCBC Credit Card Holders.
– In-house instalments available on a case-by-case basis.
Refund terms: Refund table as per student contract
Fee Protection Scheme (FPS): Fee Protection Scheme
Other Fees: Miscellaneous Fees

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