Taught course

Play Therapy

University of Roehampton · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

1a) Professional Qualification: Applicants hold a relevant professional qualification relating to working with children. These include: •Social Work (DipSW, BA in Social Studies with DipSW, Masters in Social Work MSW) •Nursing (Nursing BN, Nursing BA/BSc) •Teaching (PGCE, B.Ed, MA/MSc in Education) •Occupational Therapy (BSc, MSc) •Speech and Language Therapy (BSc, MSc) •Counselling/Psychotherapy Postgraduate Diploma, MA, MSc) •Clinical Psychology/Educational Psychology (PhD, MSc) OR 1b) Academic Learning: Applicants hold a good second-class honours degree (or above) in Psychology or related subject. AND 2) Professional Experience: Applicants must have considerable experience of working directly with children and families. This must include a minimum of two years post qualifying experience (from professional qualification or degree). AND 3) Applicants must be at least 23 years of age at start of the Programme. AND 4) Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure: Applicants must present an appropriately clear and up-to-date Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) (formally CRB) check prior to starting the Masters in Play Therapy. All applicants must successfully complete an interview with academic staff. For non-native speakers of English, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. If you are not sure that you are ready to embark on a full masters' degree we also offer introductory courses that provide a useful background to those working in related professions or anyone simply wishing to find out more about the work. Although there is no official opening or closing deadline, the Play Therapy MA admissions panel will expect to commence assessing application forms after the Open Day on 28th January 2015, with a view to selecting the most promising candidates for interview in early March. Applicant selection for interview will continue at approximately monthly intervals and offers made until all 20 places are filled. It is envisaged this process is unlikely to continue beyond July so applications received after this date may be held over to the following year of entry. Only apply for the year of entry in which you intend to commence your studies. However, in exceptional circumstances, a deferred place may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This two year full-time programme integrates theoretical learning, clinical skills and in-depth personal development to prepare graduates for clinical practice, predominantly with children, as a professional play therapist within the public and private sectors.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence that they can achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 8392 3232