Taught course

Therapeutic Practice for Psychological Trauma

University of Chester · Department of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

Applicants require:
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline or an equivalent qualification.
  • Relevant experience of working in the field of psychological trauma.
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body such as the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, UK Council for Psychotherapy, Health and Care Professions Council, or General Medical Council.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

This MSc offers experienced practitioners the opportunity to study the theory and practice of working with psychological trauma from a bio-psycho-social perspective, including PTSD and complex trauma. The course is taught by a team of academic clinicians from the disciplines of psychology, counselling and psychiatry.

Why study Therapeutic Practice for Psychological Trauma with us?

The incidence and impact of psychological trauma is a massive problem globally, and there is huge demand for services that can provide effective and timely treatment for individuals suffering from its symptoms. This course is suitable for anyone working with clients who have either single incident or multiple trauma histories, and aims to give a solid grounding in how to work safely and effectively with this client group.

You will study alongside other students from a wide range of professional backgrounds, and have the opportunity for further development clinically and academically by conducting research in an area that you are interested in.

How will I be taught?

We provide a wealth of online resources, together with lectures and seminars, to help you discuss topics and to link theory with practice in different areas of therapeutic work. You will have access throughout the year to lecturers for support and advice.

There are three four-day 20-credit taught modules in each of the first two years (Sunday to Wednesday 9am-6pm). Year 3 is the 60-credit dissertation module, and supervision is by individual arrangement.

How will I be assessed?

For each module, 30% of assessment occurs during the four-day taught module via a short presentation, and 70% of assessment is based on one written piece of work following the teaching block.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of Social and Political Sciences