Counselling and Psychotherapy COURSES

Master of Arts (MA) in Psychotherapy


Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award Level: Level 9 (Masters Degree)
Title of Award: Master of Arts in Psychotherapy
Award Type:  Major 
Duration: Part-Time: 2 years
Suited to: Counselling and Psychotherapy graduates

Key Features of the MA in Psychotherapy

  • Designed for graduates from disciplines related to counselling and psychotherapy
  • Aims to meet the needs of individuals who wish to train as professional Psychotherapists
  • Designed with close attention paid to requirements of professional bodies and discussions regarding statutory and European regulation in the field
  • Delivered on a modular basis, typically students will attend classes on two evenings per weeks & attend weekend workshops once or twice a month.
  • Comprises of Theoretical components, Personal Psychotherapy, Weekly Process Groups & Supervised Clinical Counselling/Psychotherapy Practice
  • The orientation is primarily humanistic/integrative
  • Includes master classes and workshops from experienced practitioners.

Programme Content

The Master of Arts (MA) in Psychotherapy programme has the following content:

MA Psychotherapy Modules


The MA in Psychotherapy is delivered on a modular basis during evenings and weekends and will normally take students two years to complete. During each year, students will normally study 2 evenings a week for two 12 week semesters and attend weekend experiential workshops and seminars. In this time students will participate in experiential group learning and attend academic lectures, both of which direct their study and understanding of counselling and the theories and practices of counselling and psychotherapy.

In the second year of the programme there are two Master Class modules involving highly experienced practitioners bringing that experience to a teaching context. In order to best equip students research methodologies and the range of contemporary issues that face professional Psychotherapists will also be amongst the topics studied.

Fundamental to training in the field of counselling and psychotherapy is the undergoing of one’s own psychotherapy. This work of clarifying one’s actions and motivations is challenging, stimulating and ultimately rewarding at a personal level as well as grounding professional practice. Students should expect to be in their own personal therapy for the duration of the MA.

The MA programme involves students beginning supervised clinical counselling/psychotherapy practice. Supporting this, in addition to the personal psychotherapy mentioned above are two forms of clinical supervision - individual and group. The two supervision arrangements provide the opportunity for students to articulate their questions regarding their therapeutic interventions and position. Group supervision is incorporated into the MA timetable. Payment in relation to one's personal psychotherapy and individual supervision is not included in the course fee and is arrange individually with the therapist and supervisor.

Career Opportunities

Holders of the MA in Psychotherapy will be qualified to work in the following areas:

  • The Voluntary Sector
  • Primary Care settings
  • Social Care settings
  • Educational settings
  • Private Practice following admission to a professional body

It is envisaged that the programme will appeal to those interested in further postgraduate study, such as at PhD level.


Fee Structure at DBS

The course fees are €5,200 per annum. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations.

To view all Postgraduate fees for 2016/2017 click here.You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Please note also that there is tax relief for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €1,000 and up to €7,000.

Improve your employability

All of our postgraduate courses offer strong links with industry and the professional world and often carry accreditation from professional bodies. By choosing to study at postgraduate level, not only do you gain valuable skills and experience but you also demonstrate your determination to succeed in a chosen career.

Far from being a postponement to employment, postgraduate study can help you progress further and faster in your chosen career. And, if you're not certain what direction you would like your future to take, further study can provide a secure and structured space to help you find out through exploring your strengths and interests.

Get your foot on the career ladder

A large number of our postgraduate programmes include a work placement option, giving you the opportunity to gain vocational experience, make valuable contacts and gain transferable skills. It is also worth considering that some postgraduate qualifications are essential requirements to getting on the career ladder.

Gain skills for success

During your undergraduate degree you will have developed a strong foundation of transferable skills. Postgraduate study will build on this base, giving you the opportunity to put these highly valuable skills in to practice. You will also gain invaluable practical working examples that you can go on to use at interview to set you apart from other candidates.

Next Steps

Visit Us

Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Master of Arts (MA) in Psychotherapy. As well as experiencing our outstanding facilities, you'll have the opportunity to receive personalised advice from academics from your subject area, meet current postgraduate students and also have your questions answered on general subjects such as entry requirements, student support and the admissions process.

EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 
  • Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation. 
  • Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport) 
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae 
  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English 
  • Disclaimer form,Referee form and a personal statement of approximately 400 words outlining why you wish to pursue this particular course.  
Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:
  • A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport 
  • The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation 

International Students/ Non EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 
  • Academic documents   
  • Academic transcripts  
  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)  
  • A Curriculum Vitae  
  • References from your employer/school/college  
  • A statement of purpose 
  • A copy of your passport 
Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned.

Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us  if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.

Entry Requirements

  • To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a minimum Second Class Honours (2.2) Counselling and Psychotherapy qualification or an equivalent qualification in a cognate area from a recognised third level institution, or
  • Be a graduate of any non cognate discipline and hold a qualification in a conversion-style programmes such as the DBS Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (wherein they have passed all requirements at honours level, including oral examination of professional suitability), or
  • Hold an equivalent qualification in the field of Humanistic, Integrative and Psychodynamic study and training, or
  • Have equivalent professional qualifications
  • An IELTS score of a minimum of 6.5 or equivalent, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or whose first language is not English
  • Applicants are also required to submit a personal statement of approximately 400 words outlining why they wish to pursue this particular course
  • Upon receipt of application for the MA in Psychotherapy at DBS and as part of the professional requirements for this programme, applicants will be sent a disclaimer form. Applicants are required to complete and return this form to the Admissions Office in order to process their application
  • Suitable candidates should be able to demonstrate significant life experience, self-awareness and maturity. Students on the MA programme are required to have entered their own psychotherapy before commencement of the programme. This will have been a requirement of the required prior learning qualification indicated above. Prior learning qualifications should also have included a minimum of 60 hours process group work.

Ideally candidates should also have experience either professionally or on a voluntary basis in a role which can be related to the work of counselling/psychotherapy. Candidates are expected to be able to show evidence of having the personal qualities necessary to undertake psychotherapy training. To this end there is an interview process as part of the admissions procedure in order to assess academic and personal suitability.



DBS Open Evening

Now accepting applications for Autumn 2016

We are now accepting applications for all programmes commencing Autumn 2016. Apply online or contact our admissions team for more information by calling 01 417 7500 Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5.15pm or email