Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Integrative Psychotherapy

This is an accredited training programme with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The course offers those wishing to become psychotherapists the opportunity to study at MSc level and for existing therapists to learn and train at a deeper theoretical and clinical level that will develop and advance their skills and knowledge as an integrative psychotherapist, with UKCP accreditation as the final goal. Through, and with, the guidance of experienced staff at both theoretical and clinical levels students will be encouraged to become reflective practitioners. To meet UKCP requirements and to provide the depth of training necessary, this course is structured to provide 1 day a week attendance at the university through each year of training. The University is working to develop a regional expert resource base that is founded on advanced clinical theory and practice. This course is aimed at practitioners in the field who wish to strengthen their academic and practice bases through the critical and reflective analysis of the practice of integrative psychotherapy.

Entry requirements

Psychotherapy is a postgraduate profession and candidates are required to demonstrate that they are able to work at postgraduate level. Candidates that do not hold the required academic entry requirements need to demonstrate through their life experiences and previous endeavours that they are able to commit successfully to study at post graduate level. Standard postgraduate programme course entry requirements: successful completion of the Graduate Certificate programme, or level 6 equivalent in order to meet the learning outcomes of this stage of training; a counselling diploma or equivalent qualification that meets the learning outcomes of the Graduate Certificate stage; and 1 of the following: a degree in psychology or a related discipline (such as sociology philosophy, etc.); or a non-relevant degree (such as education, etc.) but also some appropriate training and/or work/life experience; or a qualification in 1 of the helping professions (such as psychiatric nursing at level 5 or level 6, probation, social work, teaching, etc.)

Course modules

Graduate certificate: origins and development of integrative psychotherapy; relational development and awareness; clinical and professional development; foundation theory and practice. Postgraduate certificate: self and relation; growth and change; human development: an integrative approach; applied theory and practice of integrative psychotherapy. Postgraduate diploma stage: research methods; assessment and diagnosis in integrative psychotherapy; advanced theory and practice in integrative psychotherapy. MSc stage: integrated theory and practice (research/professional development workshops).

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the programme, including presentations, essays, audio recordings, case studies and a research proposal. The MSc final year stage is assessed by a project (includes a small scale research project and taped transcript). To qualify for the MSc students must pass all modules and have completed the equivalent of 40 hours per year of personal therapy and have accumulated 300 hours of clinical work with supervision hours equating to at least 1 supervision hour for every 6 clinical hours. For UKCP registration the clinical hours must be 450 hours. Students are able to register post qualification with the University to gain any extra hours needed for UKCP registration.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 675 per Credit (EU) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 675 per Credit (England) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 675 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 675 per Credit (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 675 per Credit (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City North Campus Birmingham B42 2SU West Midlands

Key information

Course Enquiry Team
Telephone number: 
0121 331 5595