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DCPsych Application process

Prospective applicants will be able to submit their application via our online application portal.

Please refer to the front page for details of closing dates. 

Research Proposal

As part of the application process you will be required to submit a short (1000-1500 words) research proposal for a project that addresses a topic of importance and interest to the disciplines of counselling psychology and psychotherapy. The purpose of the research proposal is to assess your understanding of research and the central role that it occupies in both the training and the profession. We expect all applicants to be able to demonstrate a graduate level of proficiency in psychology research.

We require an original proposal, it should not be a copy and paste of an existing project, for example from a BSc or Masters dissertation.

The proposal must include the following sections:

· A title

· An introduction and literature review that identifies a gap in the existing empirical literature and establishes the rationale for the research.

· A research question or hypothesis.

· A methodology/method, including a study design and strategy for analysis. Methods can be quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.

· A section on ethical considerations.

· A reflective section that considers the position of you as the researcher in relation to the proposed project.

· Correctly formatted references in-text and as a list (preferred format: APA6/7)

The proposal need not be the project that you eventually go on to carry out if you join the programme, but it may form the basis of it if you choose.