Taught course

Refugee Care

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Entry requirements

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • have a university degree (or equivalent) in any subject,
  • a record of relevant work/experience or serious intent to work in relevant settings with refugees/asylum seekers.

Months of entry


Course content

The central focus of this course is to introduce a therapeutic dimension and a psychosocial perspective to working with this group of people, and is the only postgraduate course to offer a combination of modules with this emphasis, making a clear distinction between being therapeutic in working with refugees and offering psychotherapy to them.

This course will help enhance your understanding and skills in working with refugee people using your own experience as context. You will examine the complexities of the refugee experience from a holistic perspective and using systemic, narrative, psychodynamic and liberation psychology approaches. You will consider therapeutic, clinical, theoretical, organisational, social and political viewpoints among others.

This course gives you 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.

On this course you will learn through seminars and lectures, take on a placement in a relevant refugee institution/service and participate in a placement group which combines theory and practice. Supervision will provide you with an important forum to help you integrate different areas of work and develop a conceptual framework that will facilitate your direct work with asylum seeking / refugee people. You will also be expected to undertake a systematic observation of an organisation and complete a research dissertation.

Research in this field is woven into the fabric of the curriculum on this course. The written assignments are designed to deepen your knowledge of the complex issues discussed in the academic community, the work observed and your placement experiences. Emphasis is placed on interactive, reflective and co-operative learning styles.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 8938 2213