Please note the next intake of the MSc is for 2021/23 with application expected to be open in January 2021. The information below describe the course for 2019/21 cohort only. Please revisit this page for detailed information for 2021/23 in September 2020.
The MSc is a part-time course and has one or two day-long teaching sessions per month and weekly four-hour clinic placement. There are supervision clinics located in various parts of northern England, currently in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Runcorn, Sheffield, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, and Wakefield. This means students can do the most significant amount of work closer to their own area. Clinic locations for 2021/2023 cohort will be confirmed in Summer 2021.
Once you successfully graduate from the course, you will be eligible to register with the UKCP as a systemic therapist. You should then be able to practice as an independent practitioner in the NHS, Social Services or other mental health agencies.
Develop and connect
From the course, you will have gained a depth of knowledge of systems theory, cybernetics, constructivism, and social constructionism. You will have an understanding of the main therapeutic models in the systemic field (Structural, Milan, Solution Focused, Narrative, Collaborative Dialogic) and the skills associated with them. You will have acquired a wide range of approaches to draw upon and will work with client preferences and strengths, and be able to work with families, individuals and groups of people who hold different perspectives and may be drawn to different actions. The course will enable you to develop the skills to work with more severe emotional/behavioural/situational presentations and with cases that contain multi agency complexity.
Upon successfully completing the course, you will have an appreciation of individual psychological development and family life cycle and the way in which these stages impact upon and are influenced by significant others. People and their difficulties will be understood in the context of interpersonal relationships and wider institutional and cultural discourses. You will have developed a working knowledge of other psychological and psychotherapeutic theories (psychodynamic, attachment, cognitive behavioural) such that they may be related to systemic work or posed as an alternative.
You will be able to use systemic skills in work with teams and other professionals in a collaborative and coordinated manner. You will have developed an appreciation of the code of ethics and practice within the profession and an awareness of the large scale and smaller operations of power and attend to these in practice. You will be responsive to issues of risk and safety for clients. You will have developed a capacity for self-reflexive practice and see it as part of ongoing professional discipline.
The course will develop your ability to make use of published systemic theory and to be able to critique current research in family therapy. You should develop a high level of ability in articulating theory and practice in relation to case material. Graduates of the course will have skills in teaching others systemic ideas and some basic experience in contributing a systemic perspective in supervision.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Systemic Family Therapy MSc in the course catalogue
Theories of Change and Practice I
Introduction to Research Methods
Family Therapy Skills I
Systemic Supervision and Case Presentation I
Theories of Change and Practice II
Advanced Research Methods
Family Therapy Skills II
Systemic Supervision and Case Presentation II
Learning and teaching
You will be taught through lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects.
We make extensive use of IT and a wide range of materials to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally.
Achievement for the degree of Master will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme.
We monitor your progress through attendance, participation in lectures and tutorials, clinical supervision, feedback on written assignments, exam, recorded practice review, teaching practice, case presentation etc.