Counselling Masters Project | Abertay University

Counselling Masters Project


This module is designed to consolidate students’ knowledge and understanding of the nature and purpose of research; and to foster competence in the skills required to undertake a counselling project.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : The aim of this module is to provide the student with the opportunity to undertake a research project or in-depth literature review of an area relevant to counselling practice.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Complete research or a systematic literature review on an area of relevance to counselling

2.  Critically analyse and review research literature

3.  Demonstrate competence in the presentation of research findings to differences audiences

4.  Manage a project through to successful completion

5.  Critically appreciate and address ethical issues in research

6.  Analyse the implications of research for policy and practice

Indicative Content

1 Research approaches

Developing questions, identifying appropriate methods. Designing the project. Addressing ethical issues

2 Making sense of the literature

Evaluating qualitative and quantitative methods, Critical evaluation of published work. Developing a literature review; organising the review.

3 Literature searching

Using the electronic databases. Developing a search strategy. Identifying the research literature

4 Project management skills

Managing time, developing a framework for the project. Using supervision.

5 Presentation skills

Conveying complex information to an appropriate audience

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module will be delivered by lectorial with each student offered an additional 15 hours of supervision.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 600
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 15
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 80
Independent 485

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.