Why study at Roehampton

  • The longest standing BAPT-accredited masters level Play Therapy training course in England; the highest calibre of professional recognition
  • Internationally-renowned play therapist Garry Landreth praised it as “the best Play Therapy training programme in Europe” and is Honorary Visiting Professor
  • All core programme staff are practising play therapists who can draw on their own clinical experiences and case material to bring the teaching to life
  • 100% of our psychology research has an impact on societies around the world (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Based on a person-centred model of therapy, this course emphasises the use of play within a therapeutic relationship to facilitate therapeutic change.

The two-year programme integrates theoretical learning, clinical skills and in-depth personal development to prepare graduates for clinical practice, predominantly with children, as a professional play therapist within the public and private sectors. The course leads to a qualification that entitles you to registration as a full member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT).

More details

The course encompasses theoretical, practical and experiential learning. All students are required to be in personal therapy for the duration of the course and will complete two specified periods of supervised clinical placements alongside their studies.

Key areas of study

  • human development and growth
  • play therapy theory and skills
  • play therapy practice (and clinical supervision)
  • working with different client groups (eg loss, trauma and abuse)
  • young child observations (and attachment theory)
  • play therapy in context
  • research methods and portfolio
  • personal development (through personal therapy and experiential process groups).

Research areas

Child-centred play therapy and the use of therapeutic boundaries; play therapy and unresolved bereavement issues; play therapy in schools; the efficacy of play therapy; play therapy and different cultural beliefs.

The Play Therapy programme aims to provide students with a course of study that will prepare them for clinical practice within the public and private sector. On successful completion of the MA in Play Therapy students will be entitled to register as a full member of the BAPT. The programme is made up of nine modules that encompass the theoretical, practical and experiential learning experience required to become professional Play Therapists. All modules are designed to prepare the students for therapeutic practice that is theoretically sound and emotionally aware.

If you are not sure that you are ready to embark on a full masters' degree we also offer introductory courses which provide a useful background to those working in related professions or anyone simply wishing to find out more about the work. For information on our Introduction Courses, Summer Schools and Foundation Course in Play Therapy, see the Psychology Short Courses.

See answers to frequently asked questions about the MA Play Therapy.

Example modules

  • Human Development and Growth
  • Play Therapy Theory and Skills
  • Clinical Placement with In-House Small Group Supervision

Career options

This is a clinical training course for the career as a play therapist.




Number of credits


Specific entry requirements »

Postgraduate entry requirements »


Psychology »


2 years (full-time)

Programme start


Tuition fees

£6,540 (2016; full-time UK/EU)

£8,700 (2016; full-time International)

For further fee information see our finance pages

Programme outline

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Further information

Lisa Gordon Clark
lisa.gordon-clark@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3699

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