The following structure is a guide to the content of the programme.


Child Development Theory and Observations 1, 2, 3 (20 SCQF / module)

Practice Theory and Placement 1 (40 SCQF)

Practice Theory and Placement 2, 3 (20 SCQF /module)

Theory and Practice of Person-Centred Health and Wellbeing (20 SCQF)

Play Therapy Research, Theory and Practice (20 SCQF)

Leading Person-Centred Practice for Health and Wellbeing (20 SCQF)

Dissertation (60 SCQF)


Duration: 3 years

Start Date: September 2022

Delivery: The course will be delivered in Glasgow one day per week. The hours of attendance will vary over the 3 years. In the 1st and 2nd years you will be expected to attend from 11.00am -5.15pm on a day stipulated when you are accepted onto the course.

It is also advised to have another day available for your practice placement, observations, supervision (2nd and 3rd year) and personal therapy.  You will be required to complete 100 hours of practice in placement, a total of 30 hours of child observation and 60 hours of personal therapy.


Entry Requirements: A UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline together with 2 years post qualifying experience. In the absence of a degree 5 years relevant experience and learning may be considered 

Selection: Applicants are expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. 

Criminal Records Check: A satisfactory PVG/ DBS check will be required for all students, this will be carried out by With Kids prior to placement and the cost will be invoiced to you. Further details of costs can be found here: Types of PVG disclosure record – 

For students resident in England or Wales, you will carry out your own application for an enhanced check and present the Course director with evidence of this: DBS update service: guide for applicants – GOV.UK (


The fees are currently set at £5000 per annum. The Course is run in conjunction with QMU, who set the fees which are subject to annual review. The fees are payable to them each year and can be paid in instalments. 

The course is eligible for a SAAS Tuition Fee Loan, which covers part of the fees only, as it is a part time course. See the Fees and Funding sources section for further information. 

The cost of clinical supervision over the 3 years is included in the fees.

Other costs, payable by students of the MSc Play Therapy: 

You will be required to have 60 sessions of Personal Therapy over the 3 years. The cost for these sessions can vary from £40-60 per session. 

The cost of an update to your PVG/DBS (With Kids will apply for PVG and the cost of this (£18 for an update or £59 if you don’t already hold a PVG) will be invoiced to you once the certificate is received by us. This will usually be in late September. England/Wales-domiciled students: DBS update costs are payable directly by the student at point of applying for DBS check. 

Play Kit: As part of preparation for placement you will be expected to provide a play therapy kit. You will be given guidance on the contents of the kit in the first few weeks of the course offering some ways to easily collect materials and equipment as inexpensively as possible.  


The course is accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT). Successful graduates will gain an MSc in Play Therapy and will have completed the required training to practice as a Play Therapist, and to register with BAPT as a qualified Play Therapist.


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