Advanced practice and research: consultation and the organisation (D10D)
Gain an advanced and sophisticated education in organisational consultancy
This course will provide you with an advanced and sophisticated education in organisational consultancy in a stimulating learning community. It is designed to equip you, as a professional consultant, to work with the complexities of contemporary organisations in consulting and researching using a systems-psychodynamic framework.
You will complete an original research project in an area of relevance to the profession and contribute to the knowledge base in the field.
It is uniquely arranged with other professional doctorates covering social work and social care and systemic therapy, making for a multidisciplinary student body and enriching learning experience.
Please note: you may see the course D10D also referred to as SCDOTP002 in communications from our application system.
About this course
There are two taught modules per year: ‘Research methods’ and ‘Advanced practice’.
‘Research methods‘ module
This module involves formal research teaching including lectures, seminars, research conferences and individual research supervision.
‘Advanced practice’ module
This module includes presentations from a range of expert practitioners in the field, practice-based and theoretical seminars, peer discussions and individual practice supervision. The emphasis throughout is on the development and integration of theory and its practical application to consultancy and research in context.
The programme will equip you with the skills to design and execute original applicable research informed by professional practice. It will enable you to contribute to a growing body of knowledge about organisational consultancy from a systems psychodynamic perspective and give you an advanced academic understanding of the field.
The research methods module is taught as part of the Tavistock and Portman’s integrated doctorate programme in advanced practice and research. This will give you the opportunity to experience peer learning and support and the benefits of participation in a stimulating research community.
Towards the end of year two you will finalise the design of your research project which you will then carry out with the support of supervisors and peer discussion.
You may take a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years to complete your research and write your thesis. During this time, you will have the benefit of access to the Tavistock and Portman and the University of Essex online seminars and web-based learning opportunities.
Who is this course for?
This course is for you if you are an organisational consultant who has prior education and experience in working from a systems-psychodynamic approach to consultancy and you wish to question and extend your skills and deepen your knowledge.
Organisational consultants looking to move into positions requiring sophisticated capacities to research organisational phenomena will also enjoy this course.
In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:
- have completed a master’s in Consulting and leading in organisations psychodynamic and systemic approaches (D10), or
- have a master’s degree or equivalent in consulting to organisations
You must also be:
- engaged in work as a consultant (either employed or self-employed), or
- an employee within an organisation with managerial responsibilities
As the teaching methods rely on learning from experience at emotional, social and intellectual levels, a capacity to work in this way is essential. We welcome applications from those with equivalent experience.
£8,350 per year for years one to four. Fees for year five and six are £4,175 per year.
£16,700 per year for years one to four. Fees for year five and six are £8,350 per year.
For more information about financing your studies and your fee status, please see our fees and funding area.
Please note that course fees are subject to an annual uplift of 3% or the Consumer Price Inflation as at 1 September, whichever is the greater. At its discretion, the Trust may determine a figure between these two rates.
We are happy to offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.
This course is not eligible for a Doctoral loan.
Knowledge and understanding of research methods is assessed via a critical literature review in year one and by the submission of a research proposal in year two, which may then form the basis for the research project and final thesis of 40,000 words.
Students are required to carry out a minimum of four consultancy assignments throughout the first two years of the programme, in which they will either work alone or, where appropriate (and where the student has a primary role), as part of a team.
Three of these assignments are written up as detailed case studies and are assessed on the basis of application of an ethical and client centred systems psychodynamic approach, understanding of organisational function and self-reflective capacity.
Other assignments are recorded as field notes as part of a practice log. This log is then appended to a professional development summary report which forms the last assignment and which is assessed on the basis of a reflective self appraisal, consultancy mindset and the range of work presented.
Doctorate students are invited to participate in the advanced practice programme for a third year and on successful completion of an additional two case studies will be eligible for the Tavistock qualification in consulting (TQC).
This course is part-time, with two days of face-to-face teaching per month, on a Thursday and Friday.
Course dates for the academic year 2023/24:
- Thursday 5 October 2023
- Friday 6 October 2023
- Thursday 9 November 2023
- Friday 10 November 2023
- Thursday 7 December 2023
- Friday 8 December 2023
- Thursday 11 January 2024
- Friday 12 January 2024
- Thursday 8 February 2024
- Friday 9 February 2024
- Thursday 7 March 2024
- Friday 8 March 2024
- Thursday 18 April 2024
- Friday 19 April 2024
- Thursday 23 May 2024
- Friday 24 May 2024
- Thursday 20 June 2024
- Friday 21 June 2024
Graduates of this course have:
- improved and developed their consultancy practice
- developed internal consultant roles
- taken up senior management and executive leadership roles
- become self-employed
- taken academic teaching posts
- started research projects
- published in key journals
- presented at international conferences in the field and other communities
- created a strong professional network and community of practice
- become ambassadors for the Tavistock approach to consultancy and the organisation
Why study with us?
This course will enable you to continue your professional and academic development to an advanced level in order to meet the increasingly complex needs of organisations and deepen your understanding of intrinsic organisational issues.
You will leave the course with the capacity to develop others in organisational consultancy.
Validations and accreditations
This course is validated by the University of Essex.
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