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These courses, delivered by Physis Training, are for people who have already completed Transactional Analysis counselling training.These courses will allow you to obtainan academic qualification in addition to a professional (practising) qualification. You can opt to study for either the counselling or psychotherapy qualification. The first two
years of the courses are the same. If you follow the counselling route, you will go on to complete a 15,000 word dissertation demonstrating your integration of the practice of counselling and TA theory and practice. If you follow the Psychotherapy route, you will be required to work for two years to comply with the professional requirements of the Institute of Transactional Analysis and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) followed by Certified Transactional Analysis (CTA) professional examination. Finally, to complete the MSc, you will present a master’s project based on the written CTA exam.

These courses will enable you to:
- integrate the main areas of TA theory and methodology;
- demonstrate a critical in-depth knowledge of counselling and psychotherapy and of specialist practice areas informed by current research and theoretical debate;
- synthesise and integrate findings from clinical practice with established and emerging knowledge within the counselling and psychotherapy fields, and
- critically debate, use and justify relevant theories, principles, concepts and philosophy in counselling and


Delivery: At Physis Training (Edinburgh)
and on placement

Duration: Part-time: 3 - 7 years

Start date: October

Application deadline: July 2014

Teaching, learning and assessment: You will benefit from a wide range of learning and teaching methods, including experimental group work, facilitated and self-directed learning, observed supervised-skills practice and tutorials. You are also expected to find practice placements, which will be supervised, and at a suitable time start private practice. Assessment includes essays, case studies, presentations and transcript analysis.

Teaching hours and attendance: Each module which you study on-campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying.

Links with industry/professional bodies: Both MSc courses have been written to ensure academic qualification and eligibility for recognition as a professional practitioner. If you obtain the Counselling qualification, you will be eligible to apply for accreditation as a professional counsellor with COSCA (or equivalent) subject to completion of COSCA’s practice requirements. On completion of the Psychotherapy qualification, you are eligible for registration as a psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. All Physis courses are kept under review to ensure that both the professional and academic standards required will be fully met by our graduates.

Completion of two years of part-time Transactional Analysis counselling or psychotherapy training at Physis or another recognised training institute. Compliance with the training and practice requirements of professional bodies and normally a first degree or equivalent.

International: Where your Honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.

Interview: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

Fees information: Please contact Physis Training for fee information as there are a number of different options.

Scholarships: - More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
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-The Therapeutic Relationship
-Diagnosis & Treatment Direction
-Unconscious Processes & Dynamics
-Introduction to Research Methods for Psychotherapists
-InterventionApproaches/ Integration in Psychotherapy
-Critical Applications in TA Psychotherapy - double module with optional component
-Master’s Project/ Dissertation (MSc only)

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting, but are subject to change.

It is our expectation that students who start training in counselling and psychotherapy will already be engaged in work. This may be in a field allied to counselling or any other work. Obtaining these awards may enhance current career prospects particularly in the area of health, HR and social work. Many successful students take up a career as counsellors or psychotherapists in addition to current work or they take up full-time work in these areas. Most students go in to private practice as counsellors or psychotherapists following completion of their MSc.



further information:

0131 474 0000 or
Course Administrator
0131 667 6173

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