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Family Therapy MSc

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The MSc in Family Therapy offers a comprehensive clinical training, including extensive supervised work with families in both adult and child mental health settings. The course is accredited by the Association for Family Therapy. Interested in the Family Therapy Grad Cert? find out more on the Family Therapy Grad Cert course page.

Key benefits

  • Strong focus on training professionals to work within multi-disciplinary settings.
  • Small groups and a high level of tutor support.
  • Provision of supervised clinical practice.

The MSc in Family Therapy is designed for professionals working in mental health and social care settings who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in working with families, couples and wider systems. Those who are qualified as mental health nurses, GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists are eligible to apply if they have significant prior clinical experience and have completed an Association for Family Therapy Accredited Intermediate Level training in Family Therapy/ Systemic Practice or equivalent. Graduates of the course are eligible for registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy as Family and Systemic Psychotherapists and take up employment in NHS, Social Care and Third Sector settings or practice independently. The course is delivered through a range of lectures, small-group seminars, and supervised practice in clinical settings which ensures students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face-to-face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students experience elements of digital learning and assessment. “Our students come from a range of backgrounds, from all over the world. Some students chose to train to enhance or progress in their existing career and others change profession and go on to practice as Systemic Family Therapists.” Dr Grace Heaphy, Course Director

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Format

The Developing Therapist

Seminars / Tutorials (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (400 hours) | Self-directed study (160 hours)

Embedding the Evidence into Practice

Seminars / Tutorials (300 hours) | Self-directed study (300 hours)

Dissertation – Family Therapy

Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours) | Project Work (520 hours) | Self-directed study (30 hours)

Contact time is based on 30 academic weeks with supervised clinical practice over 48 weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Please note for part time students the contact hours will be split evenly over the two years

Teaching

If you’re joining the course from the Family Therapy Grad Cert, you’ll already know most of the teaching team.

If you’re new to King’s, you’ll find a supportive group of tutors and lecturers with years of clinical and academic experience. We have experts in a range of areas, such as eating disorders, but we also bring in specialists from outside the University.

Assessment

    The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and practical work (presentation of clinical work- Viva Voce). The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Students on this course are required to take:

    Full time

    Dissertation (60 Credits)
    The Developing Therapist (60 credits)
    Embedding the Evidence into Practice (60 credits)

    Part Time Year 1: Required modules

    Embedding the Evidence into Practice (60 credits)
    The Developing Therapist (60 credits)

    Part time Year2: Required Modules The modules are spread over two years including dissertation

    Dissertation (60 credits)

    Optional modules

    There are no optional modules for this course.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Our course prepares students for registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a systemic family therapist.

    Our graduates go on to work within the NHS or similar settings. Successful graduates can apply for Family and Systemic Psychotherapy posts and work privately.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £32,940 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £16,470 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • DBS checks 
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Library fees and fines
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationary
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    The MSc in Family Therapy is designed for professionals working in mental health and social care settings who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in working with families, couples and wider systems. Those who are qualified as mental health nurses, GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists are eligible to apply if they have significant prior clinical experience and have completed an Association for Family Therapy Accredited Intermediate Level training in Family Therapy/ Systemic Practice or equivalent. Graduates of the course are eligible for registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy as Family and Systemic Psychotherapists and take up employment in NHS, Social Care and Third Sector settings or practice independently. The course is delivered through a range of lectures, small-group seminars, and supervised practice in clinical settings which ensures students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face-to-face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students experience elements of digital learning and assessment. “Our students come from a range of backgrounds, from all over the world. Some students chose to train to enhance or progress in their existing career and others change profession and go on to practice as Systemic Family Therapists.” Dr Grace Heaphy, Course Director

    Base campus

    NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
    Denmark Hill Campus

    Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Format

    The Developing Therapist

    Seminars / Tutorials (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (400 hours) | Self-directed study (160 hours)

    Embedding the Evidence into Practice

    Seminars / Tutorials (300 hours) | Self-directed study (300 hours)

    Dissertation – Family Therapy

    Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours) | Project Work (520 hours) | Self-directed study (30 hours)

    Contact time is based on 30 academic weeks with supervised clinical practice over 48 weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Please note for part time students the contact hours will be split evenly over the two years

    Teaching

    If you’re joining the course from the Family Therapy Grad Cert, you’ll already know most of the teaching team.

    If you’re new to King’s, you’ll find a supportive group of tutors and lecturers with years of clinical and academic experience. We have experts in a range of areas, such as eating disorders, but we also bring in specialists from outside the University.

    Assessment

      The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and practical work (presentation of clinical work- Viva Voce). The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Students on this course are required to take:

      Full time

      Dissertation (60 Credits)
      The Developing Therapist (60 credits)
      Embedding the Evidence into Practice (60 credits)

      Part Time Year 1: Required modules

      Embedding the Evidence into Practice (60 credits)
      The Developing Therapist (60 credits)

      Part time Year2: Required Modules The modules are spread over two years including dissertation

      Dissertation (60 credits)

      Optional modules

      There are no optional modules for this course.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Our course prepares students for registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a systemic family therapist.

      Our graduates go on to work within the NHS or similar settings. Successful graduates can apply for Family and Systemic Psychotherapy posts and work privately.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £32,940 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £16,470 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • DBS checks 
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Library fees and fines
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationary
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • Graduation costs

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King’s.

      Our first application deadline is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time).

      Interviews:

      The MSc is usually oversubscribed and to be sure of having your application considered in the first round of interviews you should apply before the March 2022 deadline.

      Initial interviews are scheduled to take place mid-February. Decisions will be made and places offered at that stage.

      The next scheduled interviews are due to take place at the start of May for those submitting their applications before the deadline of 25th March. Decisions will be made by mid May. It is likely that all places will be offered at this stage.

      After the first application deadline, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

      • Overseas (international) fee status: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)
      • Home fee status: Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)

      Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.

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