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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Open yourself up to a creative and personally rewarding new career on the only Art Psychotherapy MSc course in the UK. You can study full or part-time, and as graduate you’ll be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as an art psychotherapist.

The life-changing potential of therapy, the power of artistic expression and your desire for a more meaningful career all meet on this unique course. If you have at least one year’s experience in a caring profession such as psychiatry, education, social services or the voluntary sector, this course will help you build on your experience and develop new skills as an art psychotherapist. The MSc Art Psychotherapy is based in our School of Health Sciences and offers a stimulating learning environment with a practical focus.

Why QMU?

  • We have excellent partnerships with third sector organisations. You’ll benefit from excellent placement opportunities working with a variety of clients, in schools, the NHS, community settings and other organisations.
  • The course is proud to have an international perspective and welcomes students from across the world. It carries 240 credits/120 European Credits which are transferable across Europe.
  • You will graduate with the knowledge and practical confidence to start work as an art therapist thanks to the course’s strong research component.
  • Our campus has extensive landscaped grounds and we are developing an environmental element to our teaching, encouraging our students to connect with, and be inspired by, the natural world around us.

Course overview

The creation of art can have a profoundly positive effect on people with emotional, behavioural, mental health or physical problems. Art therapy is not a recreational activity (although the sessions can be enjoyable) but a form of psychotherapy that helps people address confusing and distressing issues.

As an art therapist you will work with clients to access their own image-making abilities. You could work with people of any age, from very small children to young people, adults and the elderly, helping them to use art media to express themselves and communicate. You may work with groups or individuals, depending on clients' needs.

You and your client will jointly explore the meaning of the process and image/art object in the light of personal experiences and/or interpersonal relationships that may sometimes be distressing or troubling. The aim is to facilitate the intra-personal and interpersonal communication of experiences that the client may initially find difficulty in discussing verbally. The art psychotherapist’s task is to support processes of emotional integration by providing a safe, reliable and containing therapeutic environment within which the client can create and use art making to develop insight and promote change.


You will undertake 110 days supervised practice placement. Full-time students attend practice placement two days per week. Placements are allocated by QMU. Placements will take place in various settings throughout Scotland, including education, voluntary and healthcare environments.


Art psychotherapists work with a wide range of clients and communities, individually or with groups, within the public and private sectors throughout the world. The course meets the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Art Therapists. Graduates work in a wide variety of different settings across the globe including health, education and the voluntary sector.

Tuition fees

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£ 13,500per year

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University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    9th out of 30 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 159
    163 90%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 100
    84 84%



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