M.Sc. On Campus

Art Psychotherapy

Queen Margaret University

24 months
16500 GBP/year
6700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Art Psychotherapy programme at Queen Margaret University has the potential to offer a personally rewarding career on the only art psychotherapy training programme in Scotland. You can study full or part-time, and as a graduate you will be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as an art psychotherapist.


The life-changing potential of psychotherapy, the power of artistic expression and your desire for a more meaningful career all meet on this unique course. If you have at least one year’s experience of working with people within a mental or physical health service, education, social services or the voluntary sector, this Art Psychotherapy programme at Queen Margaret University will help you build on your experience and develop new skills as an art psychotherapist. 

The course is based in the School of Health Sciences and offers a stimulating learning environment with a practical focus.

Your learning will be enriched by the interdisciplinary structure of the course as you study alongside your peers from various other pathways within QMU’s Person-Centred Practice Framework, including the MSc Music Therapy and MSc Dramatherapy.

All students are required to be in personal psychodynamic therapy throughout the duration of the course.

Students will attend supervision on site at the practice placement setting and at QMU throughout the training.


You will graduate with the knowledge and practical confidence to start work as an art therapist thanks to the course’s strong research component. Training as an art psychotherapist has the potential to be a dynamic and exciting career. Art psychotherapists work with a wide range of clients and communities, individually or with groups, within the public and private sectors. You could work in the UK or travel and use your skills to make a difference much further afield.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Theory and Practice of Person-Centred Health and Wellbeing
  • Leading Person-Centred Practice for Health and Wellbeing
  • Practice-based Learning
  • Developmental and Relational Perspectives
  • Art Psychotherapy Theory and Practice
  • Practice-based Learning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

This course is highly competitive with limited places. We advise applicants to apply early to be considered. 




240 alternative credits

MSc (240 credits/120 ECTS)/ PgDip (120 credits/60 ECTS)/ PgCert (60 credits/30 ECTS)


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • UK honours degree or equivalent in the area of the visual arts supported by a portfolio of art work in a variety of media over a period of time. Degrees in subjects such as psychology, social work, nursing and education will be considered if supported by a substantial portfolio of art work. Applicants will be contacted with further information regarding submission of an online portfolio, after submitting their application.
  • International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 with no individual component score less than 6.5.
  • Criminal records check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.
  • Interview: UK applicants are expected to attend an interview at QMU and will be required to submit their art portfolio electronically. Interviews will take place normally between December and May. Interviews for international students will be conducted over Skype.

Work experience

  • Normally a minimum of one year’s full-time experience (or part-time equivalent) of work in a caring capacity or equivalent. 
  • Relevant work includes: nursing assistant, project worker, arts instructor, care work in a community setting, art teaching, or facilitating art workshops. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6700 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • Part time: £4,665 (part time fee is charged per annum over three years)


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.

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