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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_HINTP_9
  • Field of StudyCounselling
  • Type of CourseMasters Degree
  • Type of QualificationMaster of Arts
  • Type of Study Part time
  • Application Closing Date1st May 2020
  • Start DateSeptember
  • Duration3 Semesters (part-time study mode)
  • Level9
  • LocationMTU Bishopstown Campus

This programme is a postgraduate course of study and training in Integrative Psychotherapy for practitioners who have completed the Bachelor of Arts (Honours)  in Counselling and Psychotherapy or its equivalent. It aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge and clinical capability that would match international standards of best practice within the Psychotherapy profession.


Course Fee

Year 1: € 3,500          

Year 2: € 1,200


Duration & Delivery

The course 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 and Sundays. 
  • 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.

Master of Arts in Integrative Psychotherapy (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).


Professional Accreditation

The process of establishing training standards to prepare for the statutory registration of Psychotherapists in Ireland is continuing.


The present overall training programme at MTU combining the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, two years post-qualifying supervised clinical practice and the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy, represents the best interpretation of the requirements as they currently prevail.

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.

  • Be assessed through interview.
  • Two written references are also required for applicants who have not already been on a prior stage of the MTU Level 8 course. 

    • The Referees should be people who have known you for some substantial time, who are not related to you, and who are in a position to comment objectively on your readiness for the course. 

    • You will need to print two copies of the reference form.

    • References should be returned confidentially by the referees by Friday 1st May 2020. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the references have been submitted by the closing date.

    • References should be submitted to Dr Geraldine Sheedy, Block G, Department of Applied Social Studies, Munster Technological University, Bishopstown, Cork by Friday 1st May 2020.



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.


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. For more information, please click here


Depending upon the outcome of the vetting process, the Institute reserves the following rights:

  • to not register a student;
  • to remove an existing registered student;
  • to delay the student’s practice placement modules.


In all circumstances, it is the applicant student’s responsibility to proactively disclose any convictions/cases pending. The Institute reserves the right to inform any placement agency of the existence of any convictions/cases pending.


To Apply

  • Online application is open for course commencing 8th September 2020.
  • 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.
  • Please download and complete this document (which is to be inserted with your online application form):
    • Employment details
    • Education and Training
    • Clinical Experience 
    • Confidential Personal Statement
    • Your application will not be processed unless the above document
        – Additional Information – is completed and uploaded to your application.

  • Two written references are also required for applicants who have not already been on a prior stage of the MTU Level 8 course. The Reference Forms must be printed, completed, and submitted to v by the 1st May.

    References should be submitted to Dr Geraldine Sheedy, Block G, Department of Applied Social Studies, MTU, Bishopstown, Cork by Friday 1st May 2020.



MTU 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 below 


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Course Details

Part-time Information

  • All part-time programmes at MTU will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.
  • Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2021-2022 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 


  • Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions. Students will be notified of their fees by email to their MTU email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.  For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students
  • Some candidates may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning based on previous academic or work experience. If you think you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, please check out www.cit.ie/rpl
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