Course Description

MSc in Psychotherapy

The MSc in Psychotherapy is a four-year part-time programme at Level 9 NFQ (120 credits). Students may exit after two years with a Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (60 credits). The programme comprises taught modules including the principles and practices of humanistic, cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic and systemic approaches. The M.Sc programme fosters an inquiry based attitude in psychotherapy theory, practice and research. The programme, based on an integrative approach, provides students with an opportunity to work psychotherapeutically with a diversity of clients with complex and multifaceted needs. The MSc in Psychotherapy is accredited by the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and by the National Association for Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy (NAPCP)

Students will also be able to develop specialist expertise in particular fields of psychotherapy – including couples therapy, psychosexual therapeutic practice and working with trauma. It also includes supervision of research and clinical work to facilitate completion of a research thesis and a professional practice portfolio. The MSc programme is designed to equip students to undertake therapeutic practice with individuals and couples. The course is delivered in Dublin City University via block teaching (approximately three days per month) over the academic year September to May.

In year two of the programme students complete either NS587 or NS5078 based on evidence of previous research study.

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CollegeDublin City University (DCU)
Course LocationGlasnevin, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 9
Course CategoryPsychology, Medicine & Healthcare
Awarding BodyDublin City University
Awarding Body DetailsMSc in Psychotherapy
Entry RequirementsGeneral Entry Requirements For admission to the M.Sc. in Psychotherapy, entrants will normally: Have a relevant level 8 undergraduate degree (on the NFQ: National Framework of Qualifications; or its equivalent outside of Ireland; for example, in social care/work, psychology, nursing, education, etc.) Have a minimum of one year's recent relevant professional experience in a caring or helping role, which has included some training and supervision (for example, voluntary counsellor/helpline work, social care, nursing, special needs teaching or guidance counselling, psychology assistant or pastoral care experience) If an applicant does not have a relevant level 8 degree, it is possible to apply for consideration of other relevant qualifications, learning and experience through completing an additional Recognition of Prior Experience and Learning criteria (RPEL) application click here (it is not possible to compensate for not having the required professional experience). The RPEL application is submitted only after successful online application and interview for the MSc (contact the programme administrator for further information: Be able to demonstrate personal readiness and suitability for psychotherapy training Successfully undertake a selection interview Fees Part time EU Status Fee Part-time €6,002 per annum Non EU Fee Part time €12,000 per annum
Carear PathThere are career prospects for counsellors and psychotherapists within the Statutory, Education, Voluntary and Private sectors. Due to the programme's specialism, you will find specialist psychotherapeutic practice with individuals and couples. Alternatively, researchers in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research projects are always in demand.
Phone+353 (0) 1 01 700 7915
Course CodeDC715
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