The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 8
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
19 February 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

DOCTC89436 Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,
DOCTCP8936 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,
DOCTC8AP36 Analytical Psychology,
DOCTC89P36 Psychodynamic Counselling

Module description

This is the research thesis in which a topic of choice is explored in depth generating new knowledge. It will draw on the learning from all the other modules and will be supported by the essays generated as assignments for those models, which will constitute the groundwork for several chapters of the thesis.

The project could be empirical, theoretical or historical. The first year will enable students to refine their research question, develop an appropriate research design, and establish their chosen methodology. Years 2 will largely be devoted to conducting the project, with most of year 3 dedicated to processing the data and generating results, findings and conclusions. It will include some reflection on the research experience, with attention paid to the process of becoming a researcher.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To support students in conducting their research and producing an effective thesis.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be expected to:

  1. Have knowledge of research literature in their field and an understanding of how this Have knowledge relates to their research question (A1)

  2. Have knowledge of different research methodologies and an understanding of how this knowledge relates to their chosen area of research (A3)

  3. Have in-depth knowledge of chosen topic (A4)

  4. Have an ability to choose relevant methodology (B1)

  5. Have an understanding of ethical issues involved in research (B2)

  6. Have an ability to understand applications of research to depth psychotherapy / psychodynamic counselling (B3)

  7. Have an ability to conduct rigorous literature review (C1)

  8. Have an ability to adopt and apply research methodology (C2)

  9. Have an ability to write extended thesis on topic of research (C4)

  10. Communication (D1)

  11. Information Technology (D2)

Module information

No set syllabus

There will be regular forums for doctoral research presentations and students are expected to participate in these.

It is also expected that each student will present at least once at the postgraduate research forum and/or conference.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be monthly supervisions for all students and monthly workshops for year 2 students throughout year 2 and there will be monthly workshops for year 3 students throughout year 3.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Deborah Wright, email:
Dr Deborah Wright
Graduate Administrator:



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 14 hours, 14 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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