QMU launches first master's level Dramatherapy programme in Scotland

By Press Office

Book your place at our online Postgraduate Open Day on 11 November to find out more about the MSc Dramatherapy and other postgraduate study options at Queen Margaret University.

Scotland’s first MSc Dramatherapy degree is to be launched by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. The new two-year master’s programme, which is validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), has been welcomed by the profession who believe the move will help further support the development of this transformative and dynamic area of healthcare, in which theatrical techniques are used to facilitate personal growth and promote mental health. The course aims to provide students with a rewarding and creative approach to working with others. Applications are open now with the first year of the course starting in September 2022.

Dramatherapists are both artists and therapists and draw on their theatre/drama and psychotherapy training to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional, and social change.

This pioneering, full-time MSc programme leads to graduates becoming eligible to register with the HCPC and use the protected title of 'Dramatherapist'. The course will also follow the University's Person-centred Practice Framework, allowing for integration with its established Music Therapy and Art Psychotherapy programmes.  

QMU has well-developed partnerships with third sector organisations, meaning that students will benefit from excellent placement opportunities, working with various client groups in schools, within the NHS, and different community settings.  

Stephanie Turner, Programme Leader for the new MSc Dramatherapy at QMU, said: "We're delighted to be able to offer the only accredited Dramatherapy programme in Scotland, inviting students to be at the forefront of this pioneering development in the profession." 

"The course is ideal for anyone with at least one year's experience working alongside people, either in a mental or physical health setting, education, social services or the voluntary sector," added Dramatherapy Lecturer Suzanne Aitken. "Students will have the opportunity to build on their interpersonal and creative skills and develop new competencies through an experiential approach to learning. Alongside the eligibility to register with the HCPC, there is the opportunity to connect with the wider Dramatherapy community through the British Association of Dramatherapists upon successful completion of the course." 

Applications are now open for the MSc Dramatherapy programme. In addition, QMU is delivering an Introduction to Dramatherapy Short Course, run over four weekends from February 2022 – May 2022. Please see the QMU Dramatherapy web pages for all details. 

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