Integrative Psychotherapy at Birmingham Newman University - UCAS

Course summary

This is a UPCA accredited training which provides students with the academic, clinical and personal learning necessary to achieve registration as a UKCP-registered psychotherapist. Graduates from this programme go on to work as psychotherapists and counsellors in a range of public, private and voluntary sector contexts. The programme prepares students to work effectively with a wide range of adult clients. The MSC in Integrative Psychotherapy combines rigorous academic learning of relevant theoretical and practical knowledge alongside a strong emphasis upon developing reflective capacity and personal competence. Alongside their academic learning, students are required to complete a clinical placement from their second year onwards where they will do a minimum of 450 hours of supervised client work. They will also attend ongoing personal therapy across the four years for a minimum of 160 hours. Integrative Approach Integrative psychotherapy is an approach which bring together theoretical components from different pre-existing models and combine them into a new and effective whole. The Newman approach carefully integrates gestalt and psychodynamic therapies into a base relational stance whilst adding in selected elements of cognitive behavioural therapy and constructivism. Students learn their integrative approach in stages across the course of the whole programme, progressively expanding the breadth of their clinical and theoretical knowledge so they have more options for understanding and responding to client distress. The overall integrative approach places a strong emphasis upon a multi-level sense of the therapeutic relationship. Qualifying as a UKCP Registered Psychotherapis Full professional registration as a UKCP psychotherapist can be achieved by successful completion of all taught parts of the MSc, completing 450 hours of supervised professional practice in a placement setting, minimum 75 clinical supervision hours and 160 hours minimum of personal therapy. Whilst it is expected that all students entering the programme will aim to complete all four years and achieve psychotherapy status, it is possible to exit the programme at the end of year 3 with a higher national diploma in counselling and pursue independent registration with the BACP.


Please refer to the Birmingham Newman University website for details.

Assessment method

Please refer to the Birmingham Newman University website for details.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

We are currently unable to accept applications from international learners.

Entry requirements

You must have a first degree in any subject (minimum classification 2:2) or equivalent. Applicants will usually have completed a face-to-face level 3 qualification in counselling skills. Those with a 1st degree, but without a level 3 qualification, are encouraged to apply for the Newman Introductory Certificate in Counselling and then, on successful completion, apply for the MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. Applications will sometimes be considered from those who can demonstrate significant transferrable skills from using counselling skills in a workplace or voluntary setting. Applicants who meet the criteria may be invited to demonstrate their personal and academic suitability for undertaking professional training at interview. This will usually take place on line.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £4225 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4225 Year 1
England £4225 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4225 Year 1
Scotland £4225 Year 1
Wales £4225 Year 1

Additional fee information

Postgraduate Loans You can apply for a postgraduate loan when enrolling on a full masters’ degree (180 credits), to use as a contribution to the cost of studying and living expenses. For further information visit the postgraduate loans website. Additional Costs: The following costs are in addition to your university fees: Personal Therapy: Minimum 160. Typical cost between £40 – £75 per session. Students are required to undertake an absolute minimum 30 hours of personal therapy per year in order to meet professional body requirements. Clinical Supervision: Minimum 75 hours typical costs between £40 – £75 per hour with an independent practitioner. Supervision required at a ratio of 1:6 (1 hour of supervision for every 6 hours of clinical work) An audio recording device and / or memory cards or other approved equipment for the storage of audio client audio and / or video records (price: various) Annual membership fees to Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA) (mandatory) normally around £21 per annum. Annual indemnity insurance (payable from year 2 of the MSc –) – estimated typical cost of £50-80 per annum. Initial Enhanced DBS clearance fee and update levy cost, typically about £40 Travelling costs to and from the university and clinical placement Books (cost variable) Course fee discount Newman alumni are eligible for a 10% discount when enrolling onto a full Master’s degree programme. Please refer to the Birmingham Newman University website for further details.
Integrative Psychotherapy at Birmingham Newman University - UCAS