Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University

Psychotherapy and Counselling - Contemporary Creative Approaches

This unique professional programme focuses on contemporary creative approaches to psychotherapy and counselling, drawing upon psychology, neuro-psychotherapy, neuroscience and bioscience to reflect the scientific content required in psychotherapy training. The course is suitable for those with or without a background in counselling. A multi-modal and integrative approach draws upon the sequential use of drawing, painting, guided imagery, movement, drama, writing, poetry and sculpture to immerse you in the therapeutic process and help you facilitate the exploration of emotions, experiences and challenges to psychological wellbeing. A key feature of the programme is the inclusion of placements and experiences working with children and young people, as well as adults, to ensure that you gain the expertise required to work with contemporary creative approaches across the lifespan. You will graduate equipped with the skills needed to work at emotional depth with children and adults experiencing psychological distress and find yourself well placed to pursue individual professional accreditation with one of the national awarding bodies.

Entry requirements

MSc: To join this MSc you should have a degree equivalent to UK first class or upper second class honours (2:1 or above) in either Counselling and/or Psychotherapy or a cognate discipline which has a focus on supporting and developing individual growth and expression and psychological mindedness. Relevant subjects include Care Work, Community Arts, Dance, Education, Music, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Sport, Theatre Studies or Visual Arts. Students with lower degree classifications and/or demonstrable practice experience may be admitted at the faculty's discretion. Ideally, you should have at least 50 hours of paid or voluntary experience working with clients from vulnerable populations, experiencing issues relating to emotional and mental wellbeing, as well as working creatively with diverse arts media and/or demonstrating an interest and curiosity in engaging with the creative process. Your application should demonstrate your creativity, including the creative use of knowledge gained in training and practice, while also highlighting your capacity for psychotherapist qualities such as warmth, compassion and maturity. An interview forms part of the selection process. Due to the demanding nature of the course, you will be required to provide a medical certificate from your GP (or equivalent) confirming that you are emotionally and physically fit to join the programme. If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of 'Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults'. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Course modules

Please visit our website for information on available modules.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of approaches including portfolio, viva, presentations, seminars, and written assignments. There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 - 4 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Ormskirk (Main Campus) L39 4QP North West

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