Literature Review

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 8
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
18 March 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

DOCTC89436 Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,
MAD C89412 Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,
DOCTCP8936 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,
MAD CP8912 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,
DOCTC8AP36 Analytical Psychology,
MAD C8AP12 Analytical Psychology,
DOCTC89P36 Psychodynamic Counselling,
MAD C89P12 Psychodynamic Counselling

Module description

This module provides knowledge and support in preparing a rigorous literature review to take its place in the final thesis. It will help students develop good literature search strategies and to be able to justify their choice of literature covered. It will help students use the literature review to identify the gap their research will fill and to support the need for their project. They will be assisted in constructing a literature review which is not only a report on literature studied but an argument developing through their exploration of the relevant sources to which their project will contribute.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To provide knowledge of how to conduct a systematic literature search and to write a well-argued literature review.

Module learning outcomes

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

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

  2. Knowledge of the range of available research approaches and an understanding of how this knowledge relates to their chosen area of research (A2).

  3. In-depth knowledge of the chosen subject (A4).

  4. Understanding of ethical issues involved in research (B2).

  5. Understanding of the applications of research to depth psychotherapy/ psychodynamic counselling (B3).

  6. Ability to conduct rigorous literature review (C1).

Module information

The module will take the form of 3 seminars on literature review, supported by ongoing monthly individual supervision and independent research.

  • Introduction and discussion of the function of the literature review: Principles of systematic literature search and choices to be made.

  • Refining searches and managing material: Constructing an argument in a literature review.

  • Review `clinic`.

Learning and teaching methods

Seminars and discussion group will be delivered across the first term in blocks with other seminars. The first of these seminars is delivered in person on an in person teaching day and the other two seminars are delivered on zoom on online teaching days. Reading will be set beforehand. Ongoing individual supervision will provide support to the students` independent study on the topic of their choice. Students are expected to be conducting extensive independent study in their chosen area thereby gaining experience of exploring the relevant literature for their project. The final seminar will be one in which issues and problems arising out of the literature review can be discussed.


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

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Literature Review Essay     100% 

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

Dr Judith Trowell
Private psychiatrist and psychotherapist
Available via Moodle
Of 6 hours, 6 (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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