• TYPE: Universidad Azteca university own award, grado propio /own degree.
  • LEVEL: Third cycle, level 8 MMC university own award.


AWARDING UNIVERSITY: Universidad Azteca (Mexico)

UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT IN EUROPE: Universidad Azteca European Programmes.

TARGET GROUP: Doctoral students interested in credit transfer from doctoral study or Level 8 EQF courses in one of the following disciplines to Universidad Azteca pursuing the completion of the doctoral programme by thesis / professional doctorate examination.

SPECIALISATION: Education, Counseling, Psychology, Supervision studies at level 8 MMC (EQF)

DISCIPLINES: Psychology, Education Sciences, Counseling Education, Supervision, Ethics.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENT: Master or equivalent degree and postgraduate coursework or qualifications for credit transfer to the programme or research experience.

Modality and Course Team

MODALITY: e-learning and distance education modality.

COURSE TEAM: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Berchtold, Prof. Dr. Ricardo Saavedra Hidalgo, Prof. Dr. P.C. Endler, Prof. Rev. Dr. Jorge González.

Entry requirements:

Masters degree or equivalent degree and admission evaluation (240 ECTS credits)

Program features:

120 ECTS in coursework plus 60 ECTS for Doctoral Thesis

Degree awarded:

Universidad Azteca Doctor universitario (Título propio / Own Titlte)

Know more about the Doctor of the University

Program modality:

Online program.

The curriculum consists of at least 120 ECTS credits of postgraduate study, offered as modular fashion. Doctoral-candidates in the programme complete 20 required modules/courses (120 ECTS credits), plus a final Thesis/Dissertation (60 ECTS credits).

Transfer credits to the modules are possible.



A fundamental component of scientific psychology is designing, conducting, and reporting empirical research. Another key objective is to develop skill at presenting material concisely and with impact, through writing assignments, critical evaluations of recent research articles, and an online presentation.

Objectives of the Program

The programme combines two key counseling disciplines, addiction counseling and psychology of counseling and education.

The first study year focuses on addiction counseling and the second study year on psychology of counseling.

Addiction Counseling

Drug abuse is an “equal-opportunity affliction.” Historically, probably since the beginning of time, humans have sought out or discovered by accident compounds that have medicinal as well as hedonic effects. As a society, the consequences of improper drug use has also been recognized and attempts to regulate its use is found in the literature going back as far as in the Third Millenium B.C..

This course provides an overview of the principles of substance-related addictions. And the processes and mechanisms that underlie addiction. Students will be introduced to the epidemiology and developmental course of addiction, risk and protective influences that act on the course of addiction and its adverse health consequences. The impact of policy and economics will be studied. Unfortunately, what is not widely recognized is that the use of legal drugs including alcohol and tobacco cause far more deaths, sickness, violent crimes, economic loss and other social problems compared to the use of all illegal drugs combined. Effective interventions and treatment modalities will be discussed. While the emphasis of the course is on addiction to substances (alcohol, tobacco, drugs), the emerging class of non-substance addictive behaviors (food compulsions, internet/gaming, shopping and pathological gambling) will also be discussed.


After successfully completing this course, student will be able to:

Identify the unique role of social work among the many professions involved in addressing substance abuse.

Know the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders and be able to use these criteria along with other assessment strategies to identify consequences of use and the level of risk.

Demonstrate the ability to engage the client in setting meaningful, obtainable goals in order to employ appropriate interventions.

Possess a working knowledge of psychopharmacology that includes how drugs are introduced into the body, enter the circulatory system, produce their effect, and are then eliminated.

Identify and be familiar with a variety of national, state and community resources that are available for the education, prevention, support and recovery of individuals, groups, and families.

Be familiar with the current laws, federal, state, and local public policies that impact substance abusers and others in the social environment.

Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of diverse populations in the assessment, diagnosis and intervention of substance abuse.

Social Work Practice Competencies

Course Requirements:

1. Regular participation in activities are mandatory.

2. Completion of all the readings assigned and projects/papers required. To maximize your learning through online meetings, you are expected to complete the assigned readings before the meeting. Throughout the semester, you will be required to complete several projects/papers and submit them by the specified due dates arranged with your tutor.


Define addiction and identify its core features and diagnostic criteria.

Illustrate the various theories of addiction.

Understand the developmental course of addiction.

Recognize its adverse health consequences and co-occurring disorders that occur in conjunction.

Differentiate between the pharmacological and neurobiological underpinnings of addiction to various drugs.

Identify the genetic and environmental factors associated with addiction.

Obtain a basic understanding of interventions and treatments for addiction.

Understand how policy, economics, taxation, legislation and other regional parameters influence addiction.

Appreciate other addictive behaviors.

Education and Psychology

The programme in psychology provides a standard PhD-level curriculum developed and instructed by Rev. Father Prof. Dr. Dr. George Gonzalez (USA), a Catholic priest and long-time university lecturer in Addiction Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling. He is a psychotherapist and clinical psychologist with numerous certifications and licences. He holds a Doctorate in Ministry, and Doctorates in Social Sciences, and Psychology.

The modular Doctor of Education in Counseling Supervision program has as a general aim of provision of an academically rigorous education designed to develop skills, expertise, knowledge and vision to enable students, whatever their chosen route, to be critical, analytical and creative. The program aims to provide opportunity for self-development in relation to career enhancement and as life-long learners. The program offers students the opportunity to develop their own capabilities, skills and competencies within a supported environment. The philosophy of the program can be summarized by the following objectives.

Develop a critical approach to the use of contemporary sources as a means of exploring complex concepts, ideas and issues of relevance and value to the chosen area of study.

Develop the power of critical enquiry, logical thought, creative imagination and independent judgment. Provide a forum of study that allows each student to build on his or her past academic and vocational experience in a relevant and meaningful fashion. Expose the student to a range of prospective, which may be applicable to both the interests and work situations as appropriate. Recognize the variety of sources of learning and an appropriate diversity of means for assessing achievement. This program intends to allow the individual student to develop their potential through a carefully selected curriculum of study, which includes elements of a variety of methods of study orientated around both the academic and vocational axis. The doctoral program combines online training in science and research.

Students complete specific requirements in didactic instruction, empirical research, and assignments. Graduates are capable of functioning as scientists and practitioners, are trained with a particular emphasis on research and academic aspects of psychology. In addition to coursework and passing courses, students gain focused research experience specific to their area of emphasis. Upon completion of training, program graduates are expected to possess critical analytic skills; be able to identify new knowledge and bring that knowledge to bear upon research and therapy problems; and be competent to use core knowledge in the design of research studies, in teaching, and therapeutic service delivery. Consistent with the essential competencies defined by the APA American Psychological Association, students are trained to administer programs and evaluate outcomes, to develop innovative interventions, to be competent supervisors and consultants, and to function effectively in integrated healthcare settings. The program is generalist and students receive research and applied training in psychology. The program emphasizes the acquisition of the methods, theories, and knowledge of behavioral science along with the practitioner skills of applied psychology.

Practitioners assess individuals and their environment, plan and implement psychosocial interventions, and monitor their progress over time. The doctoral program focuses on a wide variety of social, psychological, and practical issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

The doctoral program has the following objectives:

To prepare culturally sensitive scientists, with competence at applied health research;

To prepare culturally sensitive practitioners who provide evidence-based health care services;

To prepare culturally sensitive educators, committed to lifelong learning and dissemination of psychological knowledge, methods, and practice.

To produce graduates who are capable of making independent contributions to the scientific knowledge base of applied psychology:

Students will demonstrate knowledge in the breadth of scientific psychology, including historical perspectives of its foundations and development. Acquisition of knowledge in the breadth of scientific psychology.

Students will demonstrate knowledge in the theory, methodology, and data analysis skills related to psychological research. Acquisition of a core set of research knowledge and skills.

Students will demonstrate the ability to generate new scientific knowledge and theory related to the field of psychology. Acquisition of knowledge of the scientific, methodological, and theoretical foundations of practice. Acquisition of knowledge of issues of cultural and individual diversity.

To produce graduates who can competently integrate the science and practice of psychology and can provide evidence-based services:

Students will acquire knowledge and skills in the assessment of individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as the diagnosis of psychological problems and disorders. Acquisition of basic counseling and professional skills and attitudes related to diagnosis, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation.

Students will acquire knowledge and skills in the conceptualization, design, implementation, delivery, supervision, consultation, and evaluation of empirically-supported psychosocial interventions for psychological problems and disorders. Development of skills to apply scientific knowledge and evidence-based interventions to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of health and mental health problems. Acquisition of knowledge and sensitivity to cultural and individual diversity, and skill in the application of this knowledge to service delivery.

To produce graduates who demonstrate they can conduct themselves in culturally sensitive and ethical ways in the science and practice of psychology:

Students will demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and skills in regard to the role of human diversity in the research and practice of psychology. Development of awareness of the importance of, and gaining experience in, integrating scientific knowledge into practice.

Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the APA ethical code and will demonstrate their ability to apply ethical principles in practical contexts. Acquisition of knowledge about different research methodologies for conducting process and outcome research in psychology.

Type of Degree Program

University own degree program of Universidad Azteca acc. Art. 59 General Law of Education (Mexico).

The entry requirements are a graduate degree of at least 240 ECTS credits in total, a MA, MSc, or similar Masters degree, or equivalent qualifications in education, counseling, psychology or mental therapy, or in a functional field by examination awarded by a professional body. We may also ask for significant experience in a counseling or professional mental health position involving responsibility for therapeutic issues.

Both, the Dr. and PhD are terminal degrees. The degree of Doctor in Education is a professional doctorate. The Doctor requires coursework and research beyond the Masters degree requiring a dissertation or journal publication that contributes to counselling practice.

The portion of the program, consisting of coursework and examination, is the period of instruction. The part of the program, consisting of independent research and the writing of a thesis, is geared towards more applied research in PhD programs, with the research making a direct contribution to knowledge and practice. The research doctorate requires a significant thesis, dissertation or final comprehensive project including a formal defence and approval by nominated examiners or an officially sanctioned and qualified doctoral review committee. The research aims at the creation of new theory, not excluding applying theory to practical problems; thereby, the program has two purposes: (1) to contribute to both theory and practice; and (2) to develop professional practice and to contribute to professional knowledge. The degree is conferred when all coursework, testing, and written research are completed and reviewed and approved by the jurors of the examination commission.


For applicable tuitions, please, see the tuitions sheet of the programs of Universidad Azteca European Programs. Tuitions are due in full with enrolment for the complete program.

Refund policy

Tuitions are due in full with enrolment. Once the program has started (tuitions collected) no tuitions will be repaid. Students, who do not pay tuitions after admission are not enrolled.

Degree Regulations

The applicable degree regulations for doctorate and dual degree programs of Universidad Azteca apply.

Duration and workload of a course

Successful completion of a course with a workload of 6 ECTS credits is estimated to be approximately 150 hours. Students should allocate approximately eight hours a week for reading, personal study, completion of reflection activities and submission of assignments.

There is one marked assignment per module. Courses are offered on a part-time basis and are designed to be completed within four months. The asynchronic e-learning mode of the program allows students to proceed at their own pace. Official study time for the Doctor program is three years (180 ECTS).

Study language

The program is conducted in English. English proficiency is required for the Doctor program.

Student Support

The program is administered and provided by Universidad Azteca European Programmes division. Students are eligible for Universidad Azteca European Programmes student support regarding tutoring and assistance in the program.

This is an online class, so the provision is different from courses taught face-to-face in a classroom. For an online class, it is important to schedule time wisely. Students need to feel comfortable studying online from a computer, using the Internet, and being self-motivated to work on the course content throughout the week. It is expected that the completion of this course will take the same amount of time as if it were being taken face-to-face. However, how students spend that time is different.

The instructor is accessible for out-of-class tutoring and consultation regarding course performance and academic achievement. The instructor will make every effort to resolve problems and is available by telephone within 48 hours generally. If you need to speak with the instructor, e-mail him and schedule a conversation.

The goals of this course are consistent with the mission of the School.

School of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy Mission Statement:

The counseling psychology program has as its mission the preparation of counseling psychologists as addiction, family and marriage counselor, practitioners, researchers, and leaders who facilitate and promote the healthy personal, interpersonal development of the individuals they serve and enhance the environments in which those individuals function.

Psychology Program Training Goals:

Graduates who are competent scientist-practitioner generalists.

Graduates who have found a particular path within the specialty of Psychology, about which they are both competent and passionate.

Graduates who are lifelong learners committed to the development of individual strengths and professional collaboration by providing a positive professional learning environment characterized by cooperation and respect.


Applicable Thesis Regulations

§ 13 Dissertation Thesis

1) The range of themes for theses, their extent and particulars, as well as the requirements for theses are announced by the Universities based on the proposals examining committee for the thesis examination.

2) A doctoral thesis is a monothematic work which brings about new findings, it is not a compilation of literature, as a rule it presents personal original research pursued by the Applicant.

3) In general, the thesis is written in Spanish language. An Applicant of different nationality or a foreign Applicant shall ask the admission commission for a possibility to write the thesis in a foreign language. In case of available language capacity the admission commission shall approve the request. A thesis written in a language other than Spanish or English shall include a summary written in Spanish or English language in extent of up to 10 pages.

According to available enrolments and tutoring capacities particularly the following study languages are approved: Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Greek and Arabic.

4) The use of Master-theses or doctoral theses having already been used for the award of an academic degree is not allowed. The Applicant cannot submit as a rigorous thesis his/her diploma thesis or any other qualification thesis, neither the work of a compilation character.

5) The Applicant submits to the examining committee the thesis. The thesis has to be written in text editor, printed and bound in hard cover. Upon request of the Applicant or order recommendation of the examination committee the submission of an electronic version is permitted.

6) To evaluate a thesis the examining committee nominates at least one staff member possessing the “assistant professor” or “professor” title or the academic title PhD., Dr. or an equivalent degree at doctoral level. The evaluator/s are appointed by the examining committee.

7) The evaluator first evaluates the methodological aspect of the thesis. In the event of the positive evaluation, the thesis shall be evaluated from a specialized, subject-specific perspective. Positive evaluations of the thesis are necessary preconditions for the invitation of the Applicant to the thesis defence and examination.

8) The nominated evaluator shall submit to the examining committee within 60 days from the delivery of the thesis to the evaluator the evaluation of the thesis in which s/he shall state if the thesis does or does not meet the requirements determined by the examining committee and this given study plan. In the evaluation the evaluator shall also present comments on the content of the thesis and, in conclusion of the evaluation, state if s/he does or does not recommend the thesis for the oral defence, or if s/he recommends to rewrite the thesis.

9) In the event that the evaluator does not recommend the thesis for the defence, the Applicant can rewrite the thesis and resubmit it for evaluation on the next deadline for theses submission as determined by the examining committee. If s/he fails to submit the thesis on the given deadline s/he shall be excluded from the registration of Applicants for examinations and thesis defences. The Applicant can ask the examining committee in writing for the extension of the thesis submission deadline not more than twice.

10) Within the six months from the thesis submission before the thesis examination the examining committee shall notify the Applicant in writing of the place, date and time of the online-examination and at the same time notify him/her the result of the evaluation of the thesis.

11) Precondition of the invitation to the thesis defence and examination is the positive evaluator evaluation.

§ 14 Examining Committee

1) The examination and thesis defence take place in front of the examining committee.

2) The right to act as examiners is granted only to university teachers occupying the posts of professors or assistant professors or other experts possessing at least the academic title PhD., Dr. or comparable qualification at doctoral level, approved by the Universities.

3) The committee is appointed by the University, the nominees are selected from the eligible staff members as stated in Paragraph 2.

4) The committee consists of a chairman and a minimum of two other members.

5) As a general rule, the committee is appointed for a period until dismissal.

§ 15 Examination and Defence of Thesis

1) The examination can take place only when a chairman and a minimum of two other members are present online. The procedure of the examination is delivered by means of electronic tele-communications media (video-conference).

2) The examination is generally conducted in the language of the thesis.

3) The examination consists of two parts. It starts with the thesis presentation and defence and continues immediately by the oral examination by the examining committee. In defence of thesis the Applicant responds to the comments and answers the questions of the committee members.

4) The committee members vote upon the result of the examination in the non public part of the session on the day of the doctoral examination. The examination result is expressed in words as “passed” or “failed”.

5) The examination procedure is recorded in writing. All documents including the notation and the evaluation are kept in the Archive in compliance with the valid regulations.

§ 16 Retaking Examinations

1) In the event the Applicant cannot take the online-examination on the given date and gives a written apology for his/her absence within seven days thereafter, the examining committee shall provide on the basis of Applicant’s request and consultation with the committee chairman a substitute date for taking the examination.

2) In the event the Applicant fails to appear in the stipulated time for the online-examination without giving a written apology within seven days thereafter, s/he shall be evaluated as if s/he had “failed” in the examination.

3) In the event the Applicant failed in the defence of the thesis or in the oral examination, the examination can be repeated on the next date announced for the examinations; the examining committee shall determine the date of the repeated examination. The examining committee can permit two further repetitions of the examination.

§ 17 Academic Degree

1) In compliance with the provisions of the General Law of Education, applicable to Universidad Azteca in Mexico, after passing the examination of the thesis the following academic degree is conferred:
By Universidad Azteca:

Doctor en Educación / Doctor of Education In Counseling and Supervision

2) The degree of Universidad Azteca is legally awarded university academic degree in accordance with Article 59 without RVOE according to Article 60 of the General Law of Education. Universidad Atzeca has RVOE (program recognition) in Mexico for the Doctor en Educacion by the Federal Secretary of Public Education.

3) The University does exclude any responsibility for the lawful use of the academic degrees or recognition of the studies acc. to Paragraphs 2 and 3 outside of Mexico, being regulated by national provisions in third countries, however, the University generally expects the application of multilateral and bilateral agreements and recommendations of UNESCO.

§ 18 Distance Learning Mode

1) Notification: the International Doctoral Program is a distance education program only to be completed by means of electronic media of tele-communications and e-learning directly on the University in Mexico, and that no elements of the study program are conducted in third countries.

2) The Applicants are enrolled in Mexico and not in a third country.

3) As far as professors and evaluators are applied outside of Mexico, they are operating via e-leaning and tele-communications directly from the autonomous domains of the University and their internet-platforms and not in or from a third country. No physical presence abroad unless approved by foreign authorities.

4) Mexican study law applies to Universidad Azteca. Place of delivery and court jurisdiction is Mexico City, Mexico.

Academic Rules & Regulations

Criteria for Marked Assignments (TMA, CMA)

Marking Criteria

Assessment is a very important part of a course. The assessment on a course is designed to enable graduates to practise and demonstrate the learning outcomes. The marks they receive in the final stage constitute their degree results. However, before that, and arguably even more importantly, feedback on the work supports their learning by helping them understand what is expected of their work at this level, analysing what they have achieved so far, and indicating how they can improve their work in future.

All assignments will be given a percentage mark. The pass mark for an assignment is 70%. Assignments will be assessed on the basis of presentation and the demonstration of skills, knowledge and understanding.

Assignments will be assessed using the following generic marking criteria that will be applied as appropriate, depending on the nature of the module.

Subject-specific criteria may also be available. Please refer to the course handbook.

The relationship between course learning outcomes and marking criteria

A course is designed to enable students to demonstrate the learning outcomes by completing the assessments. The work will be assessed through the marking criteria, which have been developed to help tutors give students clear and helpful feedback on their work. The course handbook shows the relationship between the course and unit learning outcomes and the marking criteria.

Additional criteria for marking coursework

  • Work that significantly exceeds the word limit specified for an assignment may be penalised.
  • Students who fail to submit coursework in the correct format may have their work penalised.

Grade distinctions

At taught levels students may be awarded one of the following:

  • Excellent: Students will be awarded a Distinction if they achieve an average result of 98% or above in modules as well as a Excellence mark in the dissertation.
  • Very Good: Students will be awarded a Very Good if they achieve an average result of between 90% and 97% in modules.
  • Good: Students will be awarded a Good if they achieve an average result of between 80% and 89% in modules.
  • Pass: Students will be awarded a Pass if they achieve an average result of between 70% and 79% in modules.
  • Fail: Students will be considered to have failed if they achieve an average result of below 70% in modules.

Criteria for a Masters degree with thesis

A Research Masters Degree is awarded to students who will have shown originality in the application of knowledge and who understand how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. They must demonstrate the ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and they will show originality in tackling and solving problems.

Research Masters are awarded to students who, through the production of an extended thesis, have demonstrated:

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice.
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
  • Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
  • Conceptual understanding that enables the student:
    • To evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline.
    • To evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  1. Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make informed judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  2. Demonstrate self direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
  3. Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

Research Master graduates will have:

  1. The qualifications and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
    • The exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.
    • Decision making in complex and unpredictable situations.
  2. The qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgment, personal responsibility and initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments.

Criteria for the award of a Doctorate

Doctorates are awarded for the creation and interpretation of knowledge, which extends the forefront of a discipline, usually through original research. Holders of doctorates will be able to conceptualise, design and implement projects for the generation of significant new knowledge and/or understanding.

A doctoral degree will be awarded to students who have demonstrated:

  • The creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research, or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication.
  • A systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice.
  • The general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.
  • A detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • Make informed judgments on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas, or approaches.

They will have:

  • The qualifications and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional or equivalent environments.
  • The qualities needed for employment requiring the ability to make informed judgments on complex issues in specialist fields, and innovation in tackling and solving problems


Research: Purpose
Purpose is clear; original ideasClear thesis; some independent thoughtRecognizable thesis but lacks of original, significant
Contains thesis but purpose is not always clearNo clear purpose; often does not correctly
respond to the assignment
Thesis is imaginatively, logically and precisely
developed; analysis guides development
Examples support the thesis in an orderly and logical
fashion; analysis predominates, but some descents into narrative
Adequate development; some evidence of analysis, but
narrative guides development
Some developmentNo development
Well organized; not mechanical or imposedClearly, logically organized; transitions are sometimes
Organized; predictable, mechanical sequenceSome evidence of organization; not clearly followedNo apparent principle of organization; no apparent
rationale for paragraphing
Source materials
References to materials are appropriate and
significantly related to purpose
Most references to materials are appropriate and related
to thesis
References to materials are appropriate but not always
related to thesis
Few references to materials; references seldom related
to thesis
No references to materials or references are irrelevant
Sentence / Structure
Sentences are varied in length and structureSentences are usually variedVery few errors in sentence structure; some variation in
length and structure
Errors in sentence structure; no variation in length and
Frequent sentence structure errors; some indicate a
failure to understand the basic grammar of the sentence
Concrete, specific words used correctly; diction is
distinctive and mature; no colloquialisms, clichés or trite expressions
Word choice is generally accurate; writer goes beyond
automatic word choices to more precise and effective choices
Word choice is generally correct; range of words is
limited, and in some cases the wording is abstract and imprecise
Vague, ordinary words; relies on clichés and jargonWords that should be within the range of college
students are misused or confused
Grammar/ Mechanics
Virtually free from grammatical / mechanical errorsGenerally correct mechanically; some problems with
complex grammar and punctuation traps
Some errors in syntax, agreement, pronoun case and
reference, spelling and punctuation
Sentence fragments and run-on sentences, and basic
errors in syntax, agreement, reference, spelling and punctuation
Frequent misspellings, syntax errors, and other basic
errors make comprehension difficult


Examination Criteria (Dublin Descriptors):

Qualifications that signify completion of the third cycle are awarded to students who:

have demonstrated a systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of the skills and methods of research associated with that field;

have demonstrated the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a substantial process of research with scholarly integrity;

have made a contribution through original research that extends the frontier of knowledge by developing a substantial body of work, some of which merits national or international refereed publication;

are capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas;

can communicate with their peers, the larger scholarly community and with society in general about their areas of expertise;

can be expected to be able to promote, within academic and professional contexts, technological, social or cultural advancement in a knowledge based society;


The word ‘professional’ is used in the descriptors in its broadest sense, relating to those attributes relevant to undertaking work or a vocation and that involves the application of some aspects of advanced learning. It is not used with regard to those specific requirements relating to regulated professions. The latter may be identified with the profile / specification.

The word ‘competence’ is used in the descriptors in its broadest sense, allowing for gradation of abilities or skills. It is not used in the narrower sense identified solely on the basis of a ‘yes/no’ assessment.

The word ‘research’ is used to cover a wide variety of activities, with the context often related to a field of study; the term is used here to represent a careful study or investigation based on a systematic understanding and critical awareness of knowledge. The word is used in an inclusive way to accommodate the range of activities that support original and innovative work in the whole range of academic, professional and technological fields, including the humanities, and traditional, performing, and other creative arts. It is not used in any limited or restricted sense, or relating solely to a traditional ‘scientific method’.

CycleKnowledge and understanding:
3 (Doctorate)[includes] a systematic understanding of their field of study and
mastery of the methods of research* associated with that field..
Applying knowledge and understanding:
3 (Doctorate)[is demonstrated by the] ability to conceive, design, implement and
adapt a substantial process of research* with scholarly integrity ..
[is in the context of] a contribution that extends the frontier of
knowledge by developing a substantial body of work some of which merits
national or international refereed publication ..
Making judgements:
3 (Doctorate)[requires being] capable of critical analysis, evaluation and
synthesis of new and complex ideas..
3 (Doctorate)with their peers, the larger scholarly community and with society in
general (dialogue) about their areas of expertise (broad scope)..
Learning skills ..
3 (Doctorate)expected to be able to promote, within academic and professional
contexts, technological, social or cultural advancement ..


  1. Select the course
  2. Buy one book from the suggested list.
    These courses include reading suggestions of books that are not available for free (meaning you have to buy them if you want to take full advantage of the course). The proposed textbooks selection is the direct result of what we consider the best options to meet the course contents. You should start your selection from the top and select one of them.
  3. You study the course on your own.
    With these self-education courses you will not access any tutoring, teacher guidance, classroom discussions or the group study sessions encountered in a traditional online degree program. Still, you will find that the recommended bibliography is surprisingly comprehensive. Universidad Azteca provides teachers or evaluators for evaluation of your course assessment. The report must be submitted to the Universidad Azteca European Programmes appointed tutor or supervisor by email attachment .pdf, or .doc formats) with the corresponding evaluation request.
  4. Get the most out of a course.
    Ultimately, what each student gets out of online learning depends on his or her own investment into the process. Our classes are a real university education, helping you build the core and advanced knowledge in a certain subject. Purchase the recommended reading books, take your study process seriously, and you will actually learn.
  5. Course credit certification.
    Studying a book on your own does not guarantee that the course learning outcomes have been met. In order to get a complete course credit certification you need to demonstrate that you have met the course learning outcomes. You may do so with the presentation of a 15 – 25 pages report about the selected book. In order to pass the course, students are required to submit a report that meets the following minimum requirements:

    • Extension: Minimum of 15 pages. Single line spacing, font size 12, on white paper and typed or legibly handwritten on one side of the page only.
    • Language: Report should be written in Spanish or English or German (unless another language is authorized by Universidad Azteca European Programmes)
    • Cover: Front page should include the student’s full name, course name, and the complete textbook data (title, author, publisher) and the date.
    • Structure: A one page table of contents should follow the cover page. Then the content of the report should follow as indicated in the table of contents. We recommend that the report’s lengh does not exceed 25 pages.
    • Content: A comprehensive synopsis (summary or synthesis) of the selected textbook has to be developed according to the organization and hierarchy established by the table of contents. Examples, case studies or expressed opinions from the student should be included as applicable to illustrate the student’s critical thinking and the application of the theoretical concepts.
    • Final conclusion: The last page of the report should be devoted to a final personal conclusion and/or global summary of the contents exposed in the report.
    • Textbook: The report should be based on one selected textbook that must be specified in the cover or front page. Select the most relevant textbook from the list provided.

A report not meeting these requirements will not be accepted by the University or submitted for evaluation.



The self-learning academic courses do not offer any tutoring or academic guidance. However, the evaluation of the report is included. Hence these are Tutor Marked Assignments.


1) The main purpose of TMA‘s is to make sure students’ understanding and mastery of the structures, basic concepts, and key terms of theories introduced in a course.

2) Case conceptualization TMA is a professional write-up identifying underlying psychological or social/cultural factors and describing what might have contributed to the presenting problems of a given case, based on one or more particular counseling theories.

3) Theory critique: Pick a theory and critique it from a disciplinary perspective. Your paper needs to contain the following elements:

  1. Pick one theory from those presented in the text book. Describe its characteristics and discuss its efficacy (cite at least one reference that presents empirical evidence to support the theory).
  2. Describe its limitations or applicability from a disciplinary perspective. Use “examples” (clinical example, personal experiences, etc.) to illustrate your points. You are also encouraged to cite the critiques from the literature (cite them properly in APA style).

  3. To propose and discuss “solutions” that you see fit to address the limitations.
  4. You need a reference list containing at least 3 references. You need to prepare the paper in APA style, 15-20 page long and double spaced.

4) Personal theory paper. This is a 15-20 page long, double-spaced integrative personal scientific theory paper. Basically, the paper will be your first attempt to put together a scientific model consisting of a set of theoretical constructs that are aligned with your personal values and beliefs. At this stage of your professional development, you are encouraged to “quote” or integrate concepts from existing theories, instead of creating new sets of theoretical constructs. This paper should be prepared in APA style.

5) Presentation. The presentation is an opportunity for you to share your learning with the class and enrich other students’ learning by your sharing yours with them. You are expected to make a free style presentation that contains, at minimum, major elements of your critique to one or more theories from a multicultural point of view and your own scientific theory. Try to present to your classmates about what you have learned this course and what are some of the growth experiences you have obtained through this class.


Universidad Azteca European Programmes will provide you with a feedback of the evaluation of your report. If you fail, the University will notify you the reasons why your report failed and you will be given one more opportunity to resubmit the report with the required improvement. If you fail a second time you will be dropped from the course certification process.

Universidad Azteca European Programmes will send your work for evaluation to one of our associated instructors. The evaluation of your work starts at the time of receipt by Universidad Azteca. Evaluation may take from 2 to 8 weeks depending on the availability of the appropriate instructor.

The evaluation method encourages developing of thinking ability and information processing. It is based on 4 criteria graded on a 0 to 4 scale.

40% Theoretical Content.

  • The way the report corresponds to the selected textbook and reflects it.
  • Evaluation of contents comprehension, synthesis skills and concept interaction.
  • Report contents are valued only a 40% of the final grade because UA considers they should be correct given the fact that the textbook is available for the student during report elaboration.

30% Applicable content.

  • How the subject is mastered through the use of a case study, examples or comments.
  • How the information is applied to subject related problem solving.

20% Format:

  • The organization and presentation of the information and the overall report.
  • Evaluation of course data organization, hierarchy and interrelationships, and clarity of presentation.

10% PQT- Personal Quality Thinking:

  • Evaluation of student’s analysis criteria and critical thinking reflected in writing and presentation style, expressed opinions, comments and conclusion.


The Universidad Azteca / UCN European Programmes uses the following grading scale for Tutor Marked Assignments

4.0- Excellent99-100%Exc.
3.5- Very Good90-98%MB
3.0- Good80-89%B
2.5- Satisfactory71-79%P (Minimum passing grade)
2.0- Unsufficient61-70%U
1.5- Fail<60%F

Study Plan

Year 1 Addiction Counselling

Transfer credits – Mandatory
courses (54 ECTS)

Test modeECTS (Credit hrs)
ACS 525-Pharmacology & AddictionsTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
ACS 529-Co-Occuring DisordersTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
ACS 530-Counseling Techniques TheoriesTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
ACS 531-Family Issues & Addictive DisordersTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
ACS 535- Counseling Chemical Dependency AdolescentsTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
ACS 560-Assessment Methods in Addictions
Term Paper & Online Test6 (3)
ACS 580-Ethics in CounselingTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
ACS 595-Drug Abuse & CounselingTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
ACS 600- Group Counseling Theory and PracticeTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
Mandatory Science Module
(6 ECTS)
Test modeECTS (Credit hrs)
ACS 649- Research ProjectPresentation6 (3)

Year 1 Psychology

Transfer credits – Core
courses (54 ECTS)

Test modeECTS (Credit hrs)
PSY 700 Advanced Cognitive PsychologyTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
PSY 701 Advanced PsychopathologyTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
PSY 702 Statistical Analysis in PsychologyTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
PSY 705 Counseling & PsychotherapyTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
PSY 713 Advanced Behavioural NeuroscienceTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
PSY 844 Assessment & Diagnosis in Clinical
Term Paper & Online Test6 (3)
PSY 858 Advanced Marriage & Family Therapy & SupervisionTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)
PSY 885 Advanced Addiction Counseling &
Term Paper & Online Test6 (3)
PSY 915 Research Methodology & DesignTerm Paper & Online Test6 (3)

Mandatory Science Module (18

Test modeECTS (Credit hrs)
Research Project / Term PapersPresentation18 (9)

Thesis / Rigorosum

Test modeECTS (Credit hrs)
Thesis in the Specialisation (Major)Written thesis presentation and defense48 (24)


Test modeECTS (Credit hrs)
ECTS (credit hrs.)Defence / Rigorosum180 (90)


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