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Play Therapy (MA)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Postgraduate Diploma,Masters Degree

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    1st September 2018

Admission Requirements:

The entry requirement is a Level 8 Honours degree (H2.2) or higher, in one of the following areas:

Counselling/Psychotherapy, Early Years Education, Occupational Therapy, Primary Education, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Care, Social Work, Special Needs Education or a cognate discipline.

Applicants must be 23 years old at the time of entry to the programme and have at least two years post qualifying experience of working with children.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview.


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Course Fee

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2018 and are subject to change on an annual basis.

EU Applicants: €2,300 per year or €6,900 in total for three year MA.

Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.


This programme is a postgraduate clinical training in Play Therapy. It aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge and clinical capability that would match international standards of best practice within the Play Therapy profession.

Key area:
•Personal therapy and personal development

On successful completion of the programme students may be eligible for membership of the Irish representative organizations for Play Therapists. These include the Irish Play Therapy Association, the Irish Association for Play Therapy and Psychotherapy, and Play Therapy Ireland.


The course is run on a part-time basis, Saturdays (with occasional Friday evenings), over 3 years.

The course has 90 credits and will be delivered as follows;

  • Years 1 and 2 (60 credits) will include a clinical training in Play Therapy.  Students will study modules which will be experiential and theoretical.  They will undertake placements in both years and will require external supervision from approved supervisors. 

    On successful completion of the taught elements, students will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy, unless they proceed to Year 3.
  • Year 3 (30 credits) The MA in Play Therapy is awarded to successful candidates who complete a module in research skills and a dissertation.  

No. of weeks per annum: 26
Duration: Three years


Master of Arts in Play Therapy (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).



CIT 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, please click here .

  • 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
  • Places are limited. The course will commence on 6th October 2018.

  • Closing date for applicants is 1st September 2018.

  • 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.

  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.



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Myriam Clancy