If you want to study Psychotherapy at postgraduate level, it is important to do your research properly as there two main differences.
Essentially, you can opt for a masters program in Psychotherapy that contains significant elements of practical work or one that focuses more on research and theory. Here is a selection of 10 of the best Psychotherapy Masters Degrees available to study in the UK and Europe*.
Cost: £12,223 total cost for all students.
What You Will Study: Research degrees at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education in Psychotherapy and Counselling are a relatively new venture. Students can undertake elements of the Postgraduate Certificates in topics such as Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Students can study full-time for one year or part time for two years.
Cost: £13,000 total cost for all students.
What You Will Study: This part-time course takes between two and six years to complete. The course is for students who are already practising NHS UK-based therapists and topics include cognitive behavioural therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy.
Cost: £12,750 total cost for UK and EU students / £29,850 total cost for international students.
What You Will Study: This is for students who are aiming to become registered Psychotherapists with the UK Council for Psychotherapy and are already working in the area as nurses, social workers and psychologists. Students take one year when studying full time or two years when studying part time.
Cost: £5,250 per year for all students.
What You Will Study: Modules at the University of Warwick include topics surrounding the psychotherapeutic relationship such as the theory and practice. This is a part-time course that takes three years to complete and involves a clinical placement.
Cost: €158,30 per semester for German and EU students / €1,500 per semester for international students.
What You Will Study: Working with refugees from places that have experienced recent conflict, such as Iraq, students at the University of Tübingen in Germany gain significant new skills in advanced forms of therapy. The course takes three years to complete studying full time and is conducted in English, but the nature of the work means that an understanding of a language such as Kurdish is useful.
Cost: £9,750 total cost for UK and EU students / £19,250 total cost for international students.
What You Will Study: This is an academic course which is suitable for those already qualified members of a psychotherapy association and takes one year studying full time or two years studying part time. Students cover topics such as cognitive behavioural therapies, psychodynamic therapies and family therapies.
Cost: €2,143 per year for Dutch and EU students / €14,792 per year for international students.
What You Will Study: Students study full time over two years for this research-based masters program conducted in English. Research is around the topics of the biological basis for psychological problems and the therapies that can help.
Cost: €9,097 per year for Irish and EU students / €19,059 per year for international students.
What You Will Study: This course at Trinity College Dublin has different concentrations including Adults and Child Psychotherapy tracks. Students study this program part time for two years and the course is conducted in English.
Cost: £16,020 total cost for UK and EU students / £38,340 total cost for international students.
What You Will Study: Students at the University of Nottingham take two years to complete this course studying full time and part-time students take 48 to 56 months. The course has two pathways of adult psychotherapy or child and young people psychotherapy and it includes a significant work placement.
Cost: £15,750 for UK and EU students. The course is not open to international students.
What You Will Study: This part-time course takes 36 months to complete and has the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy accreditation. Modules on the MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling include Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories and Ethical and Cultural Issues for Psychotherapeutic Counselling.