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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

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  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    04 October 2018

Course content

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Our Family Therapy MSc course offers a comprehensive course of clinical training in family therapy, including extensive supervised work with families in both adult and child mental health settings. On completion you will become eligible for registration with the UKCP as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Interested in the Family Therapy Grad Cert? find out more on the Family Therapy Grad Cert course page

We are proud to have been awarded an IoPPN Excellence Award in 2017 for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES).

Key benefits

  • Strong focus on training professionals to work within multi-disciplinary settings.
  • Small groups and a high level of tutor support.
  • Provision of supervised clinical practice.


The Family Therapy course is designed for professionals working in mental health and social care settings who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in working with families, couples and wider systems.  

Those who are qualified as mental health nurses, GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists are eligible to apply if they have significant prior clinical experience and have completed an Association for Family Therapy Accredited Intermediate Level training in Family Therapy/ Systemic Practice or equivalent. 

Graduates of the course are eligible for registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy as Family and Systemic Psychotherapists and take up employment in NHS, Social care and Third Sector settings or practice independently. 

Course format and assessment


The Developing Therapist

Seminars / Tutorials (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (400 hours) | Self-directed study (160 hours)

Embedding the Evidence into Practice

Seminars / Tutorials (300 hours) | Self-directed study (300 hours)


Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours) | Project Work (520 hours) | Self-directed study (30 hours)

Contact time is based on 30 academic weeks with weekly supervised clinical practice over 48 weeks.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Please note for part time students the contact hours will be split evenly over the two years


Examination (25%) | Coursework (50%)| Practical (25%)

Extra information

Course accreditation

The Family Therapy MSc confers eligibility for application for registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

Further information

For further information on this course click here.

If you are interested in attending our course and would like to arrange a visit to the Denmark Hill Campus, please email our administrator for details:

Career prospects

Our programme prepares students for registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a systemic family therapist.

Our graduates go on to work within the NHS or similar settings. Successful graduates can apply for family and systemic psychotherapy posts and work privately.

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