Program Title

MA Play Therapy

Program Duration (Months)


Study Modes

Part Time

Educational qualification required for admission

Graduate degree

Admission Criteria

Prospective Non-EU Students

Required application documents (for full-time taught programmes):

1. Application form

2. Photo page of the passport

3. School Leaving Examination Certificate/High School Certificate. Include forecast results if you have not finished your studies.

4. Full Academic Transcripts (consolidated not accepted) + Final Degree Certificate + Institute marking scheme. Include transcripts received if you have not finished your studies.

5. English language proficiency certificate (if applicable)

6. CV/Resume. Include relevant technical certificates if mentioned, for example, C++, Java

7. Statement of purpose. C.500 words on why you wish to do the course and why you would be a suitable candidate.

Please do not submit anything not on the list above, for example, a work contract.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

You may be required to submit other documentation, for example, a portfolio for art programmes.

Qualifications & Certificates

You must send certified copies of your qualifications to the CAO. Where the original document is issued in a language other than English, you must send certified copies of an English translation to the CAO. If you receive an offer from MTU Cork, you must present the original certificates to the Admissions office in September.

Program Description

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the history and development of Play Therapy which will enable them to understand the role it plays in psychological theory. Critically evaluate a wide variety of Play Therapy models which have an in-depth insight into a range of appropriate approaches that are used in Play Therapy research. Develop research proposals arising from their practice as Play Therapist and communicate these in an academic way through a research dissertation.

Demonstrate the competence and the in-depth knowledge required to integrate theory with practice through group and individual Play Therapy interventions. Demonstrate a broad and thorough understanding of children's individual clinical needs, including knowledge relating to children’s mental health, disability, emotional trauma and abuse. Document their work accurately and use the collected data for both clinical and research purposes. Develop their creative skills to use in therapeutic practice.

Critically apply and uphold the principles and practice of clinical governance. Demonstrate an ability to work therapeutically with children in a safe, ethical and professional manner.

Assess therapeutic needs and maintain safe boundaries appropriate to Play Therapy practice. Work with a wide range of clinical issues and plan and deliver effective Play Therapy interventions to groups and individuals.

Reflect on the importance of personal process in the therapeutic relationship. Ascertain and evaluate issues relating to transference and countertransference that surface. Objectively analyse own creative process through self-reflection, personal understanding, engaging in the therapeutic process, developing empathy and identifying personal weaknesses and vulnerability.

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