Integrative Psychotherapy - MSc

Part Time
September 2016
£675 per 15-credit module for UK/EU Part Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Please note that this course will not be running in 2017.

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The MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy is an accredited training programme with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The course offers those wishing to become psychotherapists the opportunity to study at MSc level, and enables existing therapists to learn and train at a deeper theoretical and clinical level that will develop and advance their skills and knowledge as an Integrative Psychotherapist, with UKCP accreditation as the final goal.

You’ll be encouraged to become a reflective practitioner. To provide the depth of training necessary, you’ll be required to attend the university one day a week through each year of training.

What's covered in the course?

The course prepares you to practise safely and effectively within the context of psychotherapy, adhering to the UKCP ethical framework.

Students on the course bring a wide range of experiences and knowledge, and one of our core aims is to create an atmosphere of critical self-analysis and learning that will strengthen and nurture a deeper understanding of your self-integration as a psychotherapist.

The course is managed and taught by experienced and practising clinicians that bring the reality of client experience into the training.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
  • You’ll learn and train at a deeper theoretical and clinical level that will develop and advance your skills and knowledge as an Integrative Psychotherapist, with UKCP accreditation as the final goal.
  • With the guidance of experienced staff, we encourage you to become reflective practitioners.
  • Our Psychology department has highly experienced staff in the various areas of chartered psychology and research. Staff contacts have provided ample opportunity for students to pursue psychology work related interests outside the course in the areas of clinical, educational and forensic psychology.
  • In September 2015 all business, English, law and social sciences courses moved to our City Centre Campus – The Curzon Building. The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
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Entry Requirements

Psychotherapy is a postgraduate profession and candidates are required to demonstrate that they are able to work at postgraduate level.

Candidates that do not hold the required academic entry requirements will need to demonstrate through their life experiences and previous endeavours that they are able to commit successfully to study at post graduate level.

The general admissions requirements of the programme that candidates must satisfy are as follows:

Standard Graduate Certificate Course Entry Requirements

A degree in psychology or a related discipline (such as sociology, philosophy, etc.);


A non-relevant degree (such as education, etc.) but also some appropriate training and/or work/life experience;


A qualification in one of the helping professions (such as psychiatric nursing at level 5 or level 6, probation, social work, teaching, etc.)

Standard Post Graduate Programme Course Entry Requirements

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate Integrative Psychotherapy programme, or Level 6 equivalent in order to meet the learning outcomes of the Graduate Certificate stage;


A counselling diploma or equivalent qualification that meets the learning outcomes of the Graduate Certificate stage;

Plus one of the following

A degree in psychology or a related discipline (such as sociology philosophy, etc.);


A non-relevant degree (such as education, etc.) but also some appropriate training and/or work/life experience;


A qualification in one of the helping professions (such as psychiatric nursing at level 5 or level 6, probation, social work, teaching, etc.).

Non-Standard entry

In the event that any of the above entry requirements are not met, candidates may need to evidence the entry requirements through an interview and a portfolio of achievement.

Candidates can apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL) from each module on the programme.

In the interview and portfolio of achievement the candidate will need to have met the learning outcomes of the stage of the programme they wish to APEL.

The Course Director will need to be assured that the candidate is able to grasp the techniques of scholarship required.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 PT 1-4 years £675 per 15-credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

Application Requirements:

In all cases you will need to complete a full application form, including a personal statement and provide references from two referees who are not relatives and are able to comment on the your suitability for the programme. One of these can be an employer or previous tutor.

Completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Tutor will take into account your references and personal statement, in particular focusing on your previous counselling and psychotherapy experiences. If there are any queries in terms of your application they will contact you by phone or by email prior to inviting you to attend an Interview and Selection Day. If it is felt that more experience is needed, this will be made a condition of offer following successful interview at the Interview and Selection Day.

Interview and Selection Day:

The purpose of the interview and selection day is for you to demonstrate that you have the following:

  • A lively and enquiring mind
  • A capacity for critical reflection and self-directed learning
  • An ability to listen and respond with compassion and respect
  • Awareness of prejudice and the ability to respond openly to issues of race, gender, age, sexual preference, class, disability, ethnic, spiritual/religious and cultural difference, and diversity
  • Awareness and sensitivity in relation to the political, socio-cultural and religious/spiritual contexts of people's lives
  • In-depth self-reflection
  • Self-awareness, commitment to self-development and sufficient emotional competence, and the internal resources necessary to engage with the demands of the training and the work of psychotherapy.

The interview and selection day will comprise a presentation about the course, a group task for applicants, a tour of the psychology department and an interview. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the course as well as any aspect of student life.

Individual interviews will be held with the Course Director and at least one member of the course team. During the interview, your suitability for training as a Psychotherapist and for study in higher education will be assessed. The interview will determine whether you have the personal qualities and potential to become a Psychotherapist.

Your suitability will be determined by your qualifications, experiences and motivation to become a Psychotherapist. Interviewers will document your qualifications, previous experience including clinical experience, capacity for emotional and psychological thinking, and motivation to become a psychotherapist. After the interview, they will make a recommendation as to whether you should be offered a place on the course. The final decision to make an offer of a place or to reject you will be made by the Course Director and other members of the interviewing panel. If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the course you will be entitled to gain feedback by writing to the Admissions Tutor.

If successful you will be admitted initially onto the Graduate Certificate stage of the course. If you have successfully completed this stage and have met the portfolio requirements i.e. 40 personal therapy hours you may progress onto the Postgraduate programme. If you have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma and have met the portfolio of practice hours you will be able to register for the MSc stage of the programme. Decisions in terms of your progression through each stage of the programme will be discussed at the Examination Board.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is available part-time

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Graduate Certificate

Origins and Development of Integrative Psychotherapy
15 credits
Relational Development and Awareness
15 credits
Clinical and Professional Development
15 credits
Foundation Theory and Practice
15 credits

Postgraduate Certificate

Self and Relation
15 credits
Growth and Change
15 credits
Human Development: an Integrative Approach
15 credits
Applied Theory and Practice of Integrative Psychotherapy
15 credits

Postgraduate Diploma

Research Methods
15 credits
Assessment and Diagnosis in Integrative Psychotherapy
15 credits
Advanced Theory and Practice in Integrative Psychotherapy
30 credits


Integrated Theory and Practice (Research/Professional Development Workshops)
60 credits

In order to submit your MSc project you will need to have met the parallel clinical obligations of the programme in terms of personal therapy, supervision and 300 client contact hours in total.

You’ll be required to undertake 110 hours of contact time at the University - including group process, theory, clinical skills practice and professional development - plus a further 110 hours of self-study for each module.

You’ll attend the University one day per week: Graduate Certificate stage on Tuesdays, Postgraduate Certificate stage on Thursdays, Postgraduate Diploma stage on Wednesdays, and MSc stage on Mondays.

The course runs from the beginning of October to the end of May. You can complete the course in a maximum of four years.

In July there are a series of workshops which students from all years can attend; these workshops are not compulsory and there are no additional costs involved.

As a part-time student you’ll need to allow time for assignments. A further 120 hours of self-directed study per module will be required.

For the Graduate Certificate Stage of the course you’ll be required to have 40 hours personal therapy with a UKCP-registered psychotherapist. Additional time will be required at the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc stages to see clients and attend supervision.

A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course, including presentations, essays, audio recordings, case studies and a research proposal. The final-year MSc stage is assessed by a project (includes a small-scale research project and taped transcript).

To qualify for the MSc, you must pass all module, have completed the equivalent of 40 hours per year of personal therapy, and have accumulated 300 hours of clinical work, with at least one supervision hour for every six clinical hours.

For UKCP registration, you must accumulate 450 clinical hours. You can register post-qualification with the University to gain any extra hours needed for UKCP registration.

For all stages you’ll be asked to deliver a portfolio of evidence which includes: 40 hours of personal therapy; peer, self-assessment and tutor assessment; a reflective journal; personal development plan; and record of attendance at University.

The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

This course is accredited by The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

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Enhancing employability skills

Graduates go on to occupy key positions as expert clinicians, developing both psychotherapy services and influencing current health and social care delivery systems.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.

For those studying on the BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation pathway, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.

Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.

Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

David Forrest

Lecturer in Psychotherapy

David Forrest is a UKCP registered Psychotherapy with an MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy sitting alongside 10 years’ teaching experience and 15 years’ working in the legal, commercial and industrial sectors as a Business and IT professional.

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