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MSc Art Psychotherapy (International)

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Applications will be under review over the winter months with interviews commencing late February.

Art psychotherapy is a profession with creativity at its heart! The programme at QMU has the potential to offer a personally rewarding career on the only art psychotherapy training programme in Scotland. You can study full or part-time, and as a graduate you will be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as an art psychotherapist.

The life-changing potential of psychotherapy, 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 of working with people within a mental or physical health service, 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. It carries 240 credits/120 European Credits that are transferable across Europe.
  • Students on this course usually come from across the globe, which makes for a very rich and interesting learning experience.
  • 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 in the presence of a trained art psychotherapist 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.

Art psychotherapists work with people to access their own image-making abilities. You could work with people of any age, from very small children to young people, adults and older adults, helping them to use art media to express themselves and communicate. You may work with groups or individuals, depending on clients’ needs.

Careers

You will graduate with the knowledge and practical confidence to start work as an art therapist thanks to the course’s strong research component. Training as an art psychotherapist has the potential to be a dynamic and exciting career. Art psychotherapists work with a wide range of clients and communities, individually or with groups, within the public and private sectors. You could work in the UK or travel and use your skills to make a difference much further afield.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • University League Table

    75th

  • 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%

    2nd

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%

    21st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 100
    84 84%

    15th

    7

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