M.Sc. On Campus

Play Therapy

Queen Margaret University

36 months
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The MSc Play Therapy at the Queen Margaret University is a new collaboration between With Kids (a Scottish charity) and the MSc Art Psychotherapy (International) at Queen Margaret University.


The  MSc Play Therapy at the Queen Margaret University aims to educate the next generation of play therapists to enable them to work safely and therapeutically with complex children and families.

The MSc Play Therapy aims to educate the next generation of play therapists to enable them to work safely and therapeutically with complex children and families. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental inter-relatedness of the child’s physical, social and emotional world, and will develop the skills to work effectively and therapeutically to enhance emotional wellbeing and transform life chances.

Applicants should possess qualities that enable them to undertake study in an appropriate manner and at the appropriate academic level. Thus the students recruited to this course will be committed, diligent, enthusiastic and possess the skills, curiosity and drive to enhance their knowledge base.

Why QMU?

  • This is the only play therapy training validated by a Scottish university in collaboration with a Scottish charity.
  • Course content is delivered by qualified and experience BAPT registered Play Therapists, who bring teaching to life with clinical experience and case material.
  • The course leads to a qualification that allows you to register as a Full Member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT).
  • Weekly teaching means that learning from practice placement is

    interwoven with, and consolidated through ongoing and regular theoretical input, experiential opportunities and small group tutorials.


Play therapists practice in many environments, including: NHS, social services, primary, secondary, further and special education, charities, private practice. They also work with people of all ages (not just children) living with a wide range of emotional or physical conditions. As of 2015 the overall majority of play therapists in the UK work in health and the voluntary sector; a significant number of them work in schools and nurseries.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Clinical Skills, Process and Practice
  • Developmental, Clinical and Play Therapy Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Clinical Project 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants should either:

  • be professionals with relevant qualification and /or degree in a related discipline together with a minimum of two years of post qualifying experience in, for example, social work, teaching, educational psychology, clinical psychology, nursing, or
  • have a minimum of five years relevant prior experience and learning. Relevant experience means working face to face with children, young people and their families/carers.

Recognition of Prior Learning: The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) encompasses the process whereby one can identify, explore and claim credit for previous certificated and/ or experiential learning.

Tuition Fee


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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