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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Art Therapy

Course type


Course Summary

In this MPhil study, students usually register for research by written thesis (although there are also possibilities for research based on a written element and studio practice). Whatever topic, students have their first supervisor in Art Psychotherapy and may have second in another department – Art, Educational Studies, Psychology, or Sociology, Students can meet supervisors regularly for discussion and guidance, and present their work to the Art Psychotherapy research student group. You also attend the Goldsmiths Research Methods Training Course. Supervision is currently available in the following areas: art therapists and their art; cross-cultural issues; evidence-based practices; group work; history and development of the professions in the UK and internationally; occupational choice, career development and role change of arts therapists and arts therapy trainees; clinical work with various client populations. Current research topics include: key issues in art psychotherapy with the blind; the creative experience inside and outside an art psychotherapy group; the image as an assessment tool with children who have an autistic spectrum disorder; thinking about art with adults who have learning disabilities; art therapists’ working environments. You'll be assessed by a thesis and viva voce.

Different course options

Full time | Goldsmiths, University of London | 3 years | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in Art Therapy/Art Psychotherapy. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren’t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that students have the ability to work at postgraduate level.