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MSc Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies


Who is it for?


You are a graduate with a social science or allied health science background who is interested in exploring this emerging new field within psychology.


About the Course


The programme explores an emerging field within psychology that combines academic rigour and scientific standards of evidence with a valuing of experiential practice and first person insights to better understand the nature of human existence. Transpersonal Psychology takes a holistic perspective that incorporates psychological and spiritual elements in understanding the factors that affect wellbeing and enable personal development. It takes its inspiration from depth psychology and humanistic psychology and draws on teachings from the great religions, to provide a context for those experiences that suggest that our normal limiting or boundaried sense of self can, under certain circumstances, be transcended.


Compulsory Experiential Modules


Ongoing Spiritual Practice One and Two


This module enables a critical reflection on the experience of forms of spiritual practice. You will need a glimpse of such experiences in order to fully appreciate the impact of the transpersonal approach.


Designated Taught Modules


Mysticism in East and West The development of Transpersonal Psychology is closely linked with the spiritual practice and experience of the founding figures, as well as with the integration of knowledge stemming from the spiritual traditions of the world.


Transpersonal Approaches to Psychotherapy and Counselling


Course Content


You will develop a range of analytical and critical skills and are provided with an opportunity to develop and critically reflect upon your own spiritual practices. You will take the four compulsory modules, plus two taught and two experiential modules and a selection of designated experiential or taught modules.


Compulsory Modules


Neuroscience and Consciousness This module will help you to improve the coherence and groundedness of your own views to contribute to the understanding of consciousness.


History and Approaches in Transpersonal Psychology


Transpersonal Psychology has a history of 40 years and many sources. This will allow you to understand why Transpersonal Psychology is not a unified field and also, why integration within mainstream psychology has not happened yet.


This module presents some of the more prominent transpersonal approaches to therapy. In doing so, it will enable you to develop your critical awareness of the similarities and differences between transpersonal and more traditional psychotherapeutic techniques.


Spirituality and Health


In this module, the knowledge base as well as pertinent questions will be discussed and the interface between traditional psychology of religion, spirituality, transpersonal psychology and health will be analysed.


Parapsychology


In this module, you will engage critically with the parapsychological research, and the methodologies that underpin parapsychological enquiry.


Designated Experiential Modules


Experiential Group Work


Experts in specific transpersonal practices will facilitate specialist workshops to provide students with hands-on experience of leading-edge transpersonal group practices.


Field and Voluntary Work Placement


Through hands-on work during your studies, you can gather experience for practical applications and thus improve and receive professional feedback on your performance.


Assessment


You will be assessed by a variety of methods. These include essays, reflective journal and report writing, presentations, reports and examinations.


Career Opportunities


Transpersonal Psychology is a relatively new subject area within psychology that has implications for a range of disciplines, including psychotherapy and counselling, healthcare, education and consciousness studies. The scientific orientation of the course provides a solid foundation for further study at PhD level and encourages a critical orientation to spiritual practice that may be beneficial to practitioners and teachers.


Duration of Course


You can start in September or February. You will attend lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions during trimesters one and two (September-January and February-May). In trimester three there are no taught classes and students engage in placements and supported independent research.


Entry Requirements


You will normally hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences or related disciplines. Graduates of other sciences with an interest in learning about the area will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).


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