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Postgraduate Course: DPsychotherapy Thesis (CNST12010)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate)
Course typeSandwich AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits180 ECTS Credits90
SummaryThe thesis constitutes the culmination of the doctoral training programme through which students demonstrate an original and creative engagement with the application of research and scholarship to a specialist field of professional psychotherapy practice through the development, execution and analysis of a significant independent research project related to their therapeutic practice.
Course description While the DPsychotherapy thesis is submitted at the end of Year 4 of the full-time DPsychotherapy or at the end of Year 7 of the part-time DPych, preparatory work commences earlier in the programme through research training courses, group supervision while students are beginning to work up their topics and subsequent individual supervision with a supervisory team of two supervisors (as for the PhD) in the final year of thesis preparation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 1800 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 60, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 36, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 1704 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A doctoral thesis of 55,000 words, assessed in accordance with the Research Degree Regulations plus an oral examination.
Feedback Formative feedback will be given throughout the thesis process during individual and group supervision meetings.

Summative feedback will be given after the oral examination.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. - demonstrate specific professional and research expertise at the forefront of one or more practice specialisms
  2. - analyse a detailed body of research evidence within the specialism/s - competent to design and execute an original research project in the field of professional practice, making a significant contribution to professional knowledge in that area
  3. - demonstrate originality and creativity in the development and application of new knowledge, understanding and practices to their chosen specialist practice field
  4. - exercise a high level of autonomy and initiative in their research activity - able to apply a constant and integrated approach to critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, information, research findings and issues related to professional practice in counselling and psychotherapy
  5. - communicate research findings and advanced practice-related knowledge at the standard of published academic peer-reviewed work
Reading List
Reading will be particular to each student's topic. texts on PhD thesis perpetration, supervision and examination will also be relevant.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. ability to synthesise, analyse and think creatively about complex material and themes
2. ability to respond in creative ways to complex situations
3. ability to maintain a consistent way of working in the context of uncertainty and challenge
4. ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing about own work at the same time as maintaining confidentiality
5. ability to prepare written material for publication
6. capacity to exercise authority, decision-making and ethical judgement in complex professional contexts
7. take full responsibility for own work and relationships with others
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Course organiserDr Jonathan Wyatt
Tel: (0131 6)51 3974
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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