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    Full time & Part time available

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

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  • Last Updated

    07 February 2018

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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.

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.


Our Family Therapy course is designed for professionals working in a mental health setting, such as nurses, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists.

The MSc in Family Therapy is a qualifying level training. On completion you will become eligible for registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist.

Applicants need to have significant prior clinical experience and to have completed an Association for Family Therapy Accredited Intermediate Level training in Family Therapy/ Systemic Practice.

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.

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.

Visit the Family Therapy - MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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