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Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Hospital Play Therapy Counselling Skills (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This two year full-time programme integrates theoretical learning, clinical skills and in-depth personal development to prepare graduates for clinical practice, predominantly with children, as a professional play therapist within the public and private sectors.

Based on a humanistic person-centred model of therapy, this course emphasises the use of play within a therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client to facilitate therapeutic change. The course encompasses theoretical, practical and experiential learning. With our holistic approach to teaching, you will be provided with thorough and systematic knowledge, experience, skills and the confidence to work as a professionally qualified play therapist. At the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of therapeutic techniques and approaches that are required for professional registration purposes.

Career options

Graduates work as a registered play therapist for both the private and public sectors.


The module concerns engagement in therapeutic experience and the student?s reflection on this. The process group is an opportunity for students to participate and reflect on a boundaried therapeutic process within an educational context. The process group facilitates the exploration, development and understanding of aspects of the student?s individual psychology through group process. As such, this module is considered central to the Programme as a whole as it enables the student to integrate practice, relational skills and theoretical concepts through the active participation in a group process. The process group is an opportunity for the exploration of new behaviours, perceptions and attitudes towards self and others. The opportunity to explore and understand the complexities and intricacies of group dynamics will be provided. The approach and structure of the process group will be Programme specific.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements: Applicants will normally be required to hold a first degree at Honours level; in most cases this will be in a disciplines such as Psychology, Education, Early Childhood Studies, Mental Health Nursing or Social Work etc. Applicants with an appropriate recognised professional qualification (teaching /social work etc) and/or clinically relevant degree will be expected to have the equivalent of at least two years’ fulltime experience of working within a setting and with young clients relevant to the programme. This should be post-degree experience.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more