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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    17 September 2018

Please note that the next intake available for the Masters level of this programme is September 2019. We are recruiting for September 2018 to the PG Diploma level only or the PG Cert through programme MB9CO.

  • Develop your skills as a family therapist whilst gaining a masters in systemic psychotherapy
  • Study a highly regarded course that is‌ accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT)
  • Register as a systemic psychotherapist or family therapist with the UK Council Psychotherapy (UKCP) after successfully completing this course, as long as you meet the UKCP’s requirements.
  • Advance your knowledge of research design and practice
  • Engage with an enthusiastic teaching team who have over 15 years’ experience teaching systemic psychotherapy

This course is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy in the UK. On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to register as a Systemic Psychotherapist or Family Therapist with the UK Council Psychotherapy (UKCP), as long as you meet the UKCP’s requirements.

Further your understanding

If you’ve already completed the Postgraduate Certificate Systemic Thinking and Practice or you’ve passed an equivalent intermediate course accredited by the Association of Family Therapy, this course is the ideal next step for you.

Because it’s a part-time course studied over two years, you’ll have the flexibility to continue your professional development without taking a break from your career.

During your first year you’ll study the Postgraduate Diploma, which includes 38 weeks of weekly, live, supervised practice. During your second year you’ll focus on the MSc stage, which includes weekly live supervised practice as well as the development of a research project. The cost of live supervision is covered by your course fees.

Experienced teaching team

All of the teaching team work in practice and with over 15 years’ experience of teaching systemic psychotherapy, are keen to pass their vast expertise on to you. The course aims to synthesise theory, practice, and reflective skills as well as giving you a clear grounding in the development of research in the field.

Ethics, power and difference

We pay careful attention to ethics, power and difference; these themes are explored across all aspects of your learning. We aim to model key systemic practice ideas through teaching, and within the live supervised practice. You are also required to develop systemic practice in your own agency setting, so your workplace can be confident that they will benefit directly from your learning and development on the course. Graduates from this course have gone on to work in posts within health and social care, as well as private practice.

How you will learn

You will be assessed on your knowledge of theory, your practice skills and your ability to be reflexive about your personal and professional development. This is assessed using a variety of methods from essay writing to presentations and the development of a professional portfolio.


You will be eligible to register as a systemic psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) after you've successfully completed this course, as long as you meet the UKCP’s requirements. This means that you will be able to work as a systemic psychotherapist or family therapist in the statutory and non-statutory health and social care sectors.

Visit the Systemic Psychotherapy (MSc) page on the University of Derby website for more details!





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