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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

If you have experience of working with children and families, this course will help you develop your expertise and move into a stimulating career as a play therapist. You can study part-time over three years and will benefit from placements that will enhance your learning experience and better prepare you for your future career.

Working as a play therapist is an immensely rewarding and enriching career. This MSc Play Therapy will teach you how to work safely and therapeutically with children and families with complex needs. The course is a collaboration between With Kids (a Scottish charity) and the MSc Art Psychotherapy (International) at QMU.

Why QMU?

  • You will earn a qualification that allows you to register as a Full Member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT).
  • You will enjoy learning on a course taught by qualified and experienced BAPT-registered play therapists, who bring teaching to life with clinical experience and case material.
  • Your practice placements are an invaluable way of consolidating the theoretical knowledge you learn from weekly teaching, experiential opportunities and small group tutorials.
  • The course is designed to be flexible, allowing you to combine your studies with your current work role.

Course overview

Studies show that 20% of children have some form of emotional, behaviour or mental health problem that can prevent them fulfilling their full potential. Furthermore, just like physical health, mental health is about prevention as well as cure. Play therapy is a very successful way of helping children to make a change for the good and face the future in a positive way.

This innovative course is structured to develop your skills through a variety of modules and learning experiences. You will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental inter-relatedness of the child’s physical, social and emotional world, and will develop the skills to work effectively and therapeutically to enhance emotional wellbeing and transform life chances. You will work directly with children and families of increasing complexity on practice placement and two modules include clinical observation of a child/children from infanthood to adolescence.

Applicants should possess qualities that enable them to undertake study in an appropriate manner and at the appropriate academic level. Thus the students recruited to this course will be committed, diligent, enthusiastic and will possess the skills, curiosity and drive to enhance their knowledge base.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The teaching and learning approaches used encourage you to be an independent, participative learner. These approaches will engage you in lectures, problem-based learning, workshops, small group discussion, seminars, experiential groups, observation and skills practice. The course team aims to enable students to learn from and with others through supportive peer assessment and feedback, guided by the tutor.

Careers

The course will open up many routes for your future career. Play therapists practice in many environments, including the NHS, social services, primary, secondary, further and special education, charities, and private practice. Play therapists work with children and young people who present with a range of emotional difficulties.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/Pg Cert (60) Only those exiting with an MSc Play Therapy will eligible to apply for registration with BAPT and practice as a Play Therapist.

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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

    62nd out of 118 6

    9th out of 30 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    130 60%

    49th

    11
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65 65%

    53rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%

    86th

    5
  • 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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