MSc Play Therapy

The Masters in Play Therapy is accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and provides professional training in play therapy. Successful graduates of this Play Therapy course will have completed the formal elements of the training required to practise as a play therapist.

As well as meeting core requirements for play therapy training, the MSc Play Therapy course introduces you to therapeutic interventions with different client groups including children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. You will develop the skills needed to practise as a professional in a responsible and demanding clinical environment.

The MSc Play Therapy course provides theoretical and practical knowledge relating to play therapy, drawing on the experience and skills of qualified psychologists and play therapists, as well as other creative therapists and counselling staff. The course team is actively engaged with practitioner work and related research. Read our Essential Guide to find out more.

What you will study

This is a demanding course and acceptable applicants will be interviewed to assess suitability for training. Students are also required to undertake their own personal therapy (60 hours) and clinical supervision (50 hours) as part of the professional requirement for registration as a Play Therapist. Students are expected to meet these costs in addition to the course fees.

The MSc Play Therapy course offers placement opportunities in a variety of settings, including schools, childrens centres, charitable organisations and multidisciplinary agencies. What’s more, there are opportunities...

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Psychology students have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews....

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Clare Carbis – Course Leader


This course is taught at: Treforest Campus, Pontypridd


  • Full Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
    • Part Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
      • Full Time 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2018
        • Part Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2018