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Programme Leader: Professor Simon du Plock

Director of Studies (Management): Dr Sofie Bager-Charleson

Middlesex University Link Tutor: Professor David Westley


A Doctorate for practitioners and academics in the fields of
The MPhil/PhD is the latest in our range of post graduate programmes designed to generate new knowledge in the field of psychotherapy and to enhance the employability prospects of practitioners. This is an exciting, bespoke doctoral pathway for individuals interested in independent research at the cutting edge of theoretical understanding.
The programme is designed for individuals who wish to undertake independent, in-depth research in the fields of psychological therapies, and who have identified a potential research idea and begun to create a research proposal.
Aim and Rationale for the Programme
The programme will offer candidates opportunities to engage with theory and research underpinning their field, in ways that foster their own critical abilities and develops abilities to engage in development of cutting-edge knowledge. Candidates will be encouraged to find their own voice on major issues and to contribute with new, innovative knowledge in the field of psychotherapy.
The objectives of the programme are to enable candidates
• to generate innovative connections between theoretical knowledge and its application to practice;
• to advance conceptual thinking in the field of psychotherapy, particularly with links to other related disciplines including philosophy and social science;
• to advance the development of research models specifically relevant to psychotherapy;
• to contribute to the debate about the effectiveness of particular approaches within psychotherapy and develop a critical and reflective understanding of debates and controversies within the chosen area of study;
There is an MPhil exit option on the programme. The full programme last approximately 3.5 years. At the end of the full programme you will produce a thesis at a PhD level that will make original contribution either through conceptual or applied research, in the field of psychotherapy. This includes being able conceptualise, design, and carry out a research project for the advancement of knowledge at the forefront of the discipline.
Please download the information sheet below for a full overview of the programme.
Fees* 2017/2018:
UK/EU students
Full-time students: £4,500 per year
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
Funding or studentships for research degrees are limited, and most research degree students are expected to pay their own fees and subsistence costs.
As a MPhil/PhD candidate you will enjoy research communities within both Metanoia and Middlesex University. You can access workshops at Middlesex University whilst taking part of Metanoia’s research community for therapists representing a broad range of modalities and expertise. You will be able to access the MR Research clinic, monthly Research Seminars and an annual Research Academy.