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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Hospital Play Therapy Psychotherapy Counselling Skills (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Working as a play therapist is an immensely rewarding and enriching career. This course will teach you how to work safely and therapeutically with children and families with complex needs. The course is a collaboration between With Kids (a Scottish charity) and the MSc Art Psychotherapy at QMU.

You can study part-time over three years and will benefit from placements that will enhance your learning experience and better prepare you for your future career.

Why QMU?

Professional accreditation and registration: This course is accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists and on graduation you can register as a Full Member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT).

Staff expertise: You will enjoy learning on a course taught by qualified and experienced BAPT-registered play therapists, who bring teaching to life with clinical experience and case material.

Placements: Your practice placements are an invaluable way of consolidating the theoretical knowledge you learn from weekly teaching, experiential opportunities and small group tutorials.

Employability: The opportunities for employment as a play therapist continue to develop rapidly and graduates find themselves working in a variety of settings.

Flexible delivery: The course is designed to be flexible, allowing you to combine your studies with your current work role.


Practice,Theory & Placement 1 (40 Credits)
Practice,Theory & Placement 2 (20 Credits)
Practice,Theory & Placement 3 (20 Credits)
Child Development & Observations 1 (20 Credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)
Play Therapy Research, Theory & Practice (20 Credits)
Theory & Practice of Person-Centred (20 Credits)
Health & Wellbeing (20 Credits)
Leading/Person-Centred Practice for Health & Wellbeing (20 Credits)
Child Development & Observations 2 (20 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is only open to applicants who do not require a Student Visa.

Entry requirements

To apply, you should be a professional with relevant qualifications and/or degree in a related discipline together with a minimum of two years of post-qualifying experience in, for example, social work, teaching, educational psychology, clinical psychology or nursing. Alternatively you should have at least five years’ experience working face to face with children, young people and their families/carers.