Taught course

Psychotherapy and Counselling - Contemporary Creative Approaches

Edge Hill University · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

To join this MSc 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. 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, you will be required to provide a medical certificate from your GP (or equivalent) confirming that you are emotionally and physically fit to join the programme. 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

This distinctive and professional programme, which is suitable for those with or without a background in counselling, draws upon psychology, neuro-psychotherapy, neuroscience and biosciences to reflect the scientific content required in psychotherapy training. The course focuses on contemporary creative approaches to psychotherapy and counselling and has a multi-modal and integrative approach that includes the sequential use of drawing, painting, guided imagery, movement, drama, writing, poetry and sculpture to immerse you in the therapeutic process. This will help you facilitate the exploration of emotions, experiences and challenges to emotional wellbeing. A key feature of the programme is the inclusion of placements and experiences working with children, young people and adults, ensuring you gain the expertise required to work with contemporary creative approaches across the lifespan. You will graduate equipped with the skills needed to work at emotional depth with people experiencing psychological distress and find yourself well placed to pursue individual professional accreditation with one of the national awarding bodies.

Fees and funding

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this taught Masters degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 for the entire programme. The tuition fee will be split with £6,000 payable for Year 1 and £3,250 payable for Year 2 (subject to final Government approval of the £9,250 fee). Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are still to be announced.If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this taught Masters degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee is still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


You will be assessed using a variety of approaches including portfolios, vivas, presentations, seminars and written assignments. There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Course contact details

+44(0)1695 575171