University of South Wales

University of South Wales

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc Play Therapy course are expected to have a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline in addition to one of the following:

Graduates with a degree which is also a professional qualification such as teaching (fully qualified), social work, occupational therapy, pediatric nursing etc are required to have a minimum of two years post-graduation work experience.
Or, graduates whose degree is relevant (such as psychology, childhood studies, early years development, social science) need also to have at least five years experience working face to face with children, young people and their families of which the majority of this experience should be undertaken after graduation.
Applicants who meet the entry requirements for the course will be invited to interview.
A DBS check is also required for this programme.

Course modules

You will study the following modules:
•Child Development
•Play Therapy Skills
•Advanced Play Therapy Skills
•Research Methods
•Working with Children and their Families
•Clinical Practice & Personal Therapy 1
•Clinical Practice & Personal Therapy 2

Assessment methods

Assessment uses a variety of methods including: essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Treforest Campus Pontypridd CF37 1DL Wales

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