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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_HPLTH_9
  • Field of StudyCounselling,Psychotherapy
  • Type of CoursePostgraduate Diploma,Masters Degree
  • Type of QualificationMaster of Arts
  • Type of Study Part time
  • Application Closing Date10th June 2020
  • Start DateSeptember
  • Level9
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus

Course Fee

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2020/21 and are subject to change on an annual basis.


€6,900  in total for three year MA (€2,300 per annum).


Clinical Supervision (this supervision is not included in course fees and is outside class times, a list of approved supervisors will be issued by the teaching team). Weekly personal therapy from approved therapists and playroom materials are also additional costs.


Additional Costing

  1. Clinical Supervision (from CIT approved supervisors) is not included in the course fees;
  2. Personal Therapy - students are required to undertake approximately 50 sessions at their own expense
  3. Setting up a playroom/rent a playroom also has to be considered.



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. The key areas are personal therapy and personal development.



No of weeks: 26 per annum
Duration: 3 years


The course lectures are delivered on a part time basis on Saturdays. However, 1 day a week is also required for placement (this must be during Social Work Office hours to facilitate child protection reporting). Students also have to consider time involved in Personal Therapy and academic study for course assignments. Students may be required to attend block residential weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).


The course has 90 ECTs 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, to be paid separately from the course fees.
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 research dissertation.



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

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.

National Vetting Bureau

CIT 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 now closed for academic year 2020/2021 intake.

  • Applicants will be shortlisted to attend for interview based on their online applications starting early 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.

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

  • Submit two written references 

    > 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. You should give a copy of the reference form and information relating to the course to each referee. (forms available on the 'Apply Tab' above)

    > It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the references have been submitted by the closing date.

    > The Reference Forms must be  completed, and emailed to Karen O’Connor (karen.oconnor@cit.ie) by the closing date Wednesday 10 June 2020.


  • 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

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 .

Course Details

Part-time Information

  • All part-time programmes at CIT 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 2020-2021 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 CIT 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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