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MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling - Contemporary Creative Approaches

MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling - Contemporary Creative Approaches

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Full time | Edge Hill University | 2 years | SEP-22

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Counselling Skills (General) Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary

This distinctive and professional programme, which is suitable for those with or without a background in counselling, draws upon psychology, neuro-psychotherapy, neuroscience and biosciences to reflect the scientific content required in psychotherapy training. The course focuses on contemporary creative approaches to psychotherapy and counselling and has a multi-modal and integrative approach that includes the sequential use of drawing, painting, guided imagery, movement, drama, writing, poetry and sculpture to immerse you in the therapeutic process. This will help you facilitate the exploration of emotions, experiences and challenges to emotional wellbeing.

A key feature of the programme is the inclusion of placements and experiences working with children, young people and adults, ensuring you gain the expertise required to work with contemporary creative approaches across the lifespan. You will graduate equipped with the skills needed to work at emotional depth with people experiencing psychological distress and find yourself well placed to pursue individual professional accreditation with one of the national awarding bodies.

On completion of this programme you will be able to demonstrate the skills and expertise required to enter practice as a psychotherapist. Psychotherapists work with a wide range of clients, either individually or within groups, in both the public and private sector as well as with third sector organisations. The psychotherapist skillset is highly valued by employers, not only in those offering mental health services across the lifespan, but also in the employment market more widely. Career destinations could include the NHS, charities, employee assistance and wellbeing programmes, youth justice, social care, probation, pastoral support in schools, advocacy and special educational needs, health, education, social welfare, or leadership and workforce development. The programme is approved by the UKAHPP (the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners). On successful completion of the programme and subject to meeting the published criteria, you may wish to apply for and work towards individual UKAHPP Psychotherapist Accreditation. This is the pathway for UKAHPP sponsorship to the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) for Psychotherapist Registration with the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC). Alternative awarding bodies are also available in the UK who you may also choose to approach.


Dissertation enables you to focus upon a significant piece of investigative enquiry in an area of interest from conceptualisation through to completion. The module will enable you to develop as an independent learner who is able to manage a project over an extended period of time. You will critically evaluate existing research and theoretical perspectives to identify a gap in research knowledge, critically justify the choice of methodology and underpinning theory, critically analyse the impact of the research project, and critically appraise the ethical considerations encountered during your research, demonstrating adherence to appropriate governance processes.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above) in either counselling and/or psychotherapy or a cognate discipline which has a focus on supporting and developing individual growth and expression and psychological mindedness. Relevant subjects include care work, community arts, dance, education, music, nursing, psychology, social work, sport, theatre studies or visual arts. Students with lower degree classifications and/or demonstrable practice experience may be admitted at the faculty’s discretion, subject to the production of additional written evidence of your ability to study at Master’s level.

University information

Edge Hill University has been shaping the minds and futures of its vibrant student community since 1885. Established with a clear mission to create opportunity from knowledge, Edge Hill is now one of the UK’s leading universities and a popular choice for postgraduate students looking to undertake world-leading research, advance their career prospects, or specialise in their field. The university provides an environment that inspires students...more