This course is suitable for people from a wide range of backgrounds including psychologists, social workers, or nurses. You’ll need to have completed your intermediate level training in family therapy or systemic practice.
You’ll build your theoretical knowledge through lectures and tutorials, taught by experts in each field. As your knowledge grows, you’ll explore a topic in more detail through an empirical project or a systematic review in your dissertation. Then apply your knowledge in practical settings – whether on placement or in your own work environment.
The course is accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy. We follow their guidelines for your training, but we also try to go beyond the basics to prepare you for any eventuality. Our clinical groups are across adult and child services and we cover a number of specialist areas, including psychosis and mood disorders.
If you join us full-time, we’ll arrange a placement for you at a service related to your career goals. If you’re part-time, you’ll spend some of your time in your own organisation, but you’ll also have the chance to experience another service through the course.
“Our students come from a range of backgrounds, from all over the world. Some are in post already and join the course for career enhancement or progression. Some may even change profession altogether.”
Dr Grace Heaphy, Course Director
Course format and assessment
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)
Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours) | Project Work (520 hours) | Self-directed study (30 hours)
Contact time is based on 30 academic weeks with weekly 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
Examination (25%) | Coursework (50%)| Practical* (25%)
Year 1 Examination (0%) | Coursework (100%)| Practical* (0%)
Year 2 Examination (28%) | Coursework (44%)| Practical* (28%)
*Presentation of Clinical Work (Viva Voce)
The study time and assessment methods detailed are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.
The Family Therapy MSc confers eligibility for application for registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
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