Taught course

Psychotherapy and Counselling - Contemporary Creative Approaches

Edge Hill University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

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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

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 benefit from a financial contribution of up to £1,200 from the University towards the cost of personal therapy and clinical supervision. 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 student who will be joining this MSc on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £4,625 a year. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23 are £22,000 for the entire course.If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this MSc on a part-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £51 per credit. This is equivalent to £1,020 per 20 credit module. 180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.The University may administer a small inflationary rise in the UK tuition fee rate, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

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


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