University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Play and Therapeutic Play

The MSc Play and Therapeutic Play will develop a critical understanding of the psychological, educational and ethical foundations of play and their application in educational settings and therapy. The course integrates different areas of play to explore its role in cognitive and social development, as well as the play needs of different age groups. You will also develop your understanding and competence in basic therapeutic skills. The MSc Play and Therapeutic Play course combines theory, research and practical applications of play with developments in how play is used in a broader therapeutic context. You will be introduced to play interventions with children, which can be used in various settings. By graduation, you will have a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of play in development and be able to use play to structure an individual's development.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant field such as psychology, early years development, childhood studies, education, or a related health or social care discipline.

Outstanding candidates with alternative qualifications may be considered on an individual basis. Applicants who meet the entry requirements for the course will be invited to interview. Successful applicants will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

The MSc Play and Therapeutic Play course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

You will study the following modules:
•Child Development
•Play Therapy Skills
•Research Methods
•Working with Children and their Families
•Play into Practice
•Dissertation: this is a piece of original research where you have the opportunity to investigate a topic, with support from your academic supervisor

Assessment methods

Assessment uses a variety of methods, including essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes. There are opportunities for work placements.


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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