MSc Systemic Psychotherapy

The MSc Systemic Psychotherapy is a qualifying level course leading to eligibility for registration as a psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Family systems perspectives on theory and practice have been rapidly developing across a wide range of professional disciplines and practice contexts. If you work with adults, children, couples or within the family healthcare field, this is your opportunity to further your knowledge and develop the skills to practice therapeutically at a specialised and advanced level using systemic theoretical frameworks.

The MSc Systemic Psychotherapy course integrates taught clinical practice, theory, personal development and research. It forms Years Three to Four of The Family Institute’s psychotherapy training programme and builds on the Institute’s long experience of teaching psychotherapy. It is designed to meet UKCP, UK Association for Family Therapy and European training standards.

Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A

Year One

  • Systemic Approaches to Clinical Practice
  • Systemic Psychotherapy in Context
  • Integrating Systemic Theory, Practice and Research

Year Two

  • Communication, Change and the Development of Therapeutic Practice
  • Second-Order Cybernetics and Complex Systemic Organisation

Teaching

Curriculum hours of study are designed to meet national Association for Family Therapy (AFT) and European Family Therapy Association (EFTA) standards. Live supervised practice is based at the Institute’s clinic. Years One and Two comprise 40 taught days in a pattern of fortnightly two-day blocks, with a full week to start each year.

Assessment

You will be assessed through lecturer/supervisor assessment, self-assessment, summative and formative assignments. Emphasis is on reflective practice. You must pass both theory and practice components of each module.

Facilities

You will train in The Family Institute.

  • Have successfully completed the PG Diploma Systemic Practice in Psychotherapy at The Family Institute in the University of South Wales or equivalent equating to completion of Association for Family Therapy Foundation and Intermediate Level Training.
  • Two references uploaded with your application
  • Enhanced DBS check

Interview
You will be given the opportunity to ask us questions in addition to us assessing your suitability for the course. We will explore the professional experience you can bring to the programme and expect all applicants to be able to discuss and evidence their experience.

Please read our Essential Guide for more information

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £1500  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £25 - £50
Encrypted USB stick for video recording
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Travel to placements
Cost is dependent on placement location

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

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