Taught course

Psychotherapy and Counselling – Contemporary Creative Approaches

Edge Hill University · Allied Health, Social Work and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above) in either counselling and/or psychotherapy or a cognate discipline which has a focus on supporting and developing individual growth and expression and psychological mindedness. Relevant subjects include care work, community arts, dance, education, music, nursing, psychology, social work, sport, theatre studies or visual arts.

Students with lower degree classifications and/or demonstrable practice experience may be admitted at the faculty’s discretion, subject to the production of additional written evidence of your ability to study at Master’s level.

Ideally, you should have at least 50 hours of paid or voluntary experience working with clients from vulnerable populations, experiencing issues relating to emotional and mental wellbeing, as well as working creatively with diverse arts media and/or demonstrating an interest and curiosity in engaging with the creative process.

Your application should demonstrate both creative and psychotherapeutic skills and qualities:

  • Creative skills in any art form and, if relevant, the use of these skills with vulnerable populations.
  • Your understanding of psychotherapeutic qualities such as warmth and compassion.

Owing to the demanding nature of the course, if you accept an offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire. In exceptional circumstances you may need to have a medical examination in order to establish your medical fitness.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Months of entry


Course content

What are the benefits of different approaches in counselling and psychotherapy? Find out as you explore contemporary creative and verbal approaches to psychotherapy.

We offer a practical approach to training suitable for new and advanced practitioners. You’ll explore the benefits of creative arts as therapy. See how to use drawing, painting, guided imagery, movement, drama, writing, poetry and sculpture. We offer a financial contribution of up to £1,200 towards the cost of personal therapy and clinical supervision.

Our two-year psychotherapy and counselling Masters draws upon psychology, neuro-psychotherapy, neuroscience and biosciences to reflect the scientific content required in psychotherapy training. You’ll also look at developmental psychology, humanistic and attachment theories, and abnormal and clinical psychology.

We’ll support you to work at emotional depth with people in psychological distress as you develop your practice. You’ll work with children, young people and adults in a series of work placements and experiences. Graduate with the expertise you need to pursue professional accreditation.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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