Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to: hold a university degree (or equivalent) in any subject, and a record of relevant work/experience or serious intent to work in relevant settings with refugees/asylum seekers.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is available to study full-time over one year or part-time over two years. It is taught between the University of Essex and ourselves.

This course will help enhance your understanding and skills in working with refugee people, using your own experience as context.

Using systemic, narrative, psychodynamic and liberation psychology approaches, you will examine the complexities of the refugee experience from a holistic and more rounded perspective. You will consider therapeutic, clinical, theoretical, organisational, social and political viewpoints among others.

You will have opportunities to explore the social, cultural and political contexts relevant to asylum seeking/refugee people and families, using frameworks that are therapeutic and empowering and that will assist you in working directly with these groups.

In addition to the course tutor, specialists from other institutions participate as guest lecturers.

Over the one or two years, you will study via the following elements:

  • seminars
  • a placement with asylum seeking/refugee people or in a context working with/on behalf of refugee people
  • a placement group which combines theory and practice
  • coursework and research dissertation.

In addition, you are expected to undertake a systematic observation of an organisation and a placement in a relevant refugee institution/service.

This means that, depending on the arrangements for the observation and placement, you may be involved either for two days (minimum) or for four days (maximum) for most of the duration of the academic year.

Supervision provides an important forum for helping you to integrate different areas of work, and for developing conceptual frameworks which facilitate your direct work with asylum seeking people/refugees. Special emphasis in supervision is given to the experiential dimension, where you are encouraged to include your own personal responses and feelings and to reflect on the impact of your own position as a worker, both with your clients and on yourself.

Research in this field is woven into the fabric of the curriculum, with written assignments designed to deepen the students’ knowledge of the complex issues discussed in the learning community, the work observed and their placement experiences. Emphasis is placed upon interactive, reflective and co-operative learning styles.

You will study on a M

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We are happy to offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Please note that course fees will increase by 2% each year.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Katie Oliver
+44 (0)20 8938 2213 / 2214