Integrative Psychotherapy - Cork Campus

The programme aims to equip practitioners with advanced knowledge and increased clinical capability.

Client work and supervision: Students will be required to carry out 100 hours of Counselling work with clients during each year of the course. They will be required to obtain supervision for this work from their own Supervisor. Additionally, during Year 1 they will participate in monthly group supervision arranged by the course coordinator. Payment for individual and group supervision will be made directly by students and is not included in the course fee.

Personal Therapy: Students will be required to be in weekly personal therapy throughout the course. The cost of this is separate to the course and is arranged directly between the student and the therapist.

Subjects taught

MTU Cork has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

For detailed module information go to

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants must:
• Have successfully completed the Bachelor of Art (Honours) in Counselling or Psychotherapy (minimum H2.2) or an equivalent* professional training in Counselling and Psychotherapy that satisfies the training requirements for professional accreditation.

• Have competed one year post-qualifying supervised clinical practice with a minimum of 50 hours of clinical practice which is verified by an accredited supervisor.

• Be assessed through interview.

• Submit two written references (for applicants who have not already been on a prior stage of the course).

*Where an applicant has not completed the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling or Psychotherapy, equivalence is assessed through the formal Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process used in MTU. This involves applicants preparing a portfolio in which they would demonstrate how they have achieved the learning outcome of the modules in the BA (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as the one year post-qualifying supervised clinical practice.

National Vetting Bureau: MTU uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.

Application dates

Application Closing Date:04/04/2022

Applications will open in January 2022 and will close Monday 4th April 2022.

Applicants will be shortlisted to attend for interview based on their online applications.
Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.

Additional Information Document: please download and complete this document
(which is to be inserted with your online application form):

• Employment details

• Education and Training

•Personal Development experience

• Experience as a helper using Counselling Skills

• Confidential Personal Statement

Your application will not be processed unless the above document – Additional Information – is completed and uploaded to your application.

Please attach and upload any other relevant documents such as transcripts, CV, that support your application as applicants will be shortlisted based on evidence provided.

Two written references are also required for applicants. References should be completed and returned confidentially by the referees. The referees must email the Reference Form to by Monday 4th April 2022.


MTU uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. For more information, please click here.


M.A.: 90 ECTS


Duration & Delivery
The programme has 90 credits and will be offered as follows:

Year 1 (60 Credits) is a taught year where students will attend at College and supervision, thus completing the taught modules of the course. The regular sessions will be held on a combination of weekday evenings (generally 6.30pm to 9.30pm) and on Saturdays.

Year 2 (30 Credits) will involve a programme of directed/ supervised learning where students will research and write the Reflective Practitioning dissertation. During this year they will also carry out their Mental Health Placement.


To be confirmed for intake September 2021

Enrolment dates

This programme is run over a two year cycle (next intake is September 2021).

Post Course Info

Private practice as a Clinical Play Therapist
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services within the HSE
Play Therapist within the school setting / early years setting
Play Therapist within the homeless services
Play Therapist in community projects and Family Resource Centres
Expert witness in court proceedings

Graduates who successfully complete the MA in Play Therapy will have the specialised expertise in an emerging field of research, which in turn, will allow for professional supervision in niche areas

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Evening,Weekend

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