Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

We offer opportunities for students who want to pursue research in art psychotherapy.

For MPhil and PhD study, you usually register for research by written thesis (although there are also possibilities for research based on a written element and studio practice).

Whatever your topic, you have your first supervisor in Art Psychotherapy and may have your second in another department – Art, Educational Studies, Psychology, or Sociology, for example.

You meet your supervisors regularly for discussion and guidance, and present your work to the Art Psychotherapy research student group.

You also attend the Goldsmiths Research Methods Training Course.

**Supervision is currently available in the following areas:**

' art therapists and their art

' cross'cultural issues

' evidence'based practices

' group work

' history and development of the professions in the UK and internationally

' occupational choice, career development and role change of arts therapists and arts therapy trainees

' clinical work with various client populations

**Current research topics include:**

' key issues in art psychotherapy with the blind

' the creative experience inside and outside an art psychotherapy group

' the image as an assessment tool with children who have an autistic spectrum disorder

' thinking about art with adults who have learning disabilities

' art therapists’ working environments

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,260 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £17,800 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
3 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £4,260 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £17,800 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil

Qualifications required:

  • You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in Art Therapy/Art Psychotherapy. You might also be considered if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study with us.