You will already have professional training (normally at graduate level) in mental health or social care, eg social work, nursing, clinical psychology, psychiatry, or relevant equivalent professional experience. Further details can be found in the APEL document (Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning).
You will already have successfully completed Intermediate level training in Systemic Practice or equivalent.
While you are studying with us, you will be required to maintain your practice in your own agency setting and are advised to participate in systemic supervision by a qualified family therapist/supervisor. Your work place may be able to provide or support this. If this is not possible you need to ensure that your supervisor and manager are supportive of your practice developments and your work is supervised in general clinical terms.
You are advised to plan for the study requirement of the course which amounts to an estimate 635 hours private study, 18- 20 course days and 40 x 5 hour (weekly) clinic placements per year. Additional time may be required to fulfil statutory and mandatory training in your placement NHS service.
You will have the support of your current manager. Our experience is that this training offers considerable benefits to your work place and population you serve. The support of your manager is an important contributor to this process and we have enclosed a letter for your manager in the MSc Supplementary Information Document which briefly outlines the training and asks for their support for your application. It you are unable to gain support at this stage, it is important that you contact the course team to discuss this as early as possible.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
Part of the training includes clinical practice with families in NHS training clinics and you will be working by honorary contract. It is important to note that the NHS cover would not cover all aspects of any claim made against you. It is therefore a requirement that you have professional indemnity cover or other appropriate insurance and you can demonstrate this on commencement of the course.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).
If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.
How to apply
Applications to the course will open on 7th January 2021
An initial application pack will be available to download from this page from the 7th January 2021. This application pack covers professional training, current professional practice, interest in systemic therapeutic practice, professional and academic references. This pack will be returned to the course team for initial assessment.
Application deadline: Friday 9th April 2021
Eligible applicants will be invited to an interview for which preparation will be required. Interviews will be held in May 2021.
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Health Education England HEE NHS sponsorship for course fees
A limited number of full bursaries are being made available to NHS applicants. This funding can only be used for pay course fees of an AFT accredited qualifying level Family and Systemic Psychotherapy training course.
The funding is to be agreed by 15th January 2021. If you may be eligible, please contact the course lead Marie McGovern on firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on the process of application. Please note that this funding does not guarantee a place on the course in advance of the formal application process.
• The opportunity is open to qualified staff (with a permanent contract) from any eligible discipline who meet the qualifying criteria for an AFT accredited qualifying level course
• Applicants should already be working within an NHS Trust or other NHS commissioned healthcare provider in England
• The provider will be required to create a family therapy post (minimum 0.4 wte spent delivering family therapy) with a commitment for the trainee to move into this post on successful completion of training.
• The provider will be required to provide suitable placement learning experiences for the period of training and release the trainee for the time required to undertake placement learning and course attendance.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
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- UK: £10,750 (total)
- International: £23,500 (total)
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Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) funding by Health Education England in Yorkshire and the Humber
The Specialist Skills Post Registration Development (SSPRD) General Learning Credit (GLC) provides funding for students on some trainings in eight priority areas including ‘Skills and development for staff working with service users with Mental Health problems (Mental Health including learning disabilities)’ through which students working in NHS in Yorkshire and Humberside can receive training bursaries to cover the fees for the courses. Funding may be available for 2019/20, funding cannot be guaranteed for subsequent years in light of ongoing changes within Health Education England and local training priorities.
For more information about the funding, please refer to the Application Guidance Systemic Practice & Family Therapy which will be made available here in January 2021.