Psychosexual Therapy MSc

Psychosexual Therapy MSc

School of Community Health and Midwifery


Post- graduate





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  • Duration:

    Four years part-time

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Post-registration

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  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

The course will be delivered by practitioners who have a wealth of psychosexual experience between them. This is currently the most northerly psychosexual course available within the UK.

You’ll be required to take three theoretical modules in year 1, that will prepare you for the practitioner module and you will also need to complete a minimum of 120 hours client work across one academic year.  In years 3 & 4 you will undertake a robust piece of empirical research and potentially complete the requisite number of hours for COSRT Psychotherapist Accreditation.

The course takes a Psycho-Bio-Medical Approach to the field of Psychosexual Medicine You will be introduced to the course and basic sexual and relationship theory. You will then study Relationships: Models and Interventions; and Diversity of Psychosexual Needs before taking the Psychosexual Practitioner module that is delivered over one academic year. You’ll also be required to complete an Introduction to Postgraduate Research module. The second year is closely linked to the practice of psychosexual therapy for which you will take a year-long placement in a psychosexual therapy clinic close to your area of employment.

For students who complete the MSc, are successful in completing COSRT accreditation, and who meet UKCP’s further requirements, may be eligible for UKCP registration.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have graduate status and will come from fields with a relevance to psychosexual practice (i.e. medicine, nursing, midwifery, counselling & psychotherapy, sexual health.

All applicants will be interviewed and may need to complete the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Counselling Skills prior to entry onto the MSc Psychosexual Therapy.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

Year 1 modules are taught in 3 separate week blocks


  • Module 1 - Basic Psychosexual Therapy (semester 1)
  • Module 2 - Relationships: Models and Interventions (semester 2)
  • Module 3 - Diversity of Psychosexual Needs (semester 2)


Year 2

Year 2 involves the psychosexual therapy placement (1 day/week) and with 6 study days; as well as attendance on a weekly research methods module that is delivered over 2-3 hours/week in one semester.


  • Module 4 - Introduction to Postgraduate Research (semester 1 or 2)
  • Module 5 - Psychosexual Practitioner (double module delivered across one year)


Year 3 & 4

Years 3 and 4 involve practitioner research


  • Module 6 – Masters Dissertation (across 2 years)

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 23 June 2019

Further Information

As part of this course you will be required to become student members of COSRT and will therefore receive regular updates with regards to possible employment psychosexual opportunities throughout the UK. In addition, your placement will give you the opportunity to experience a working NHS psychosexual clinic.

Previous graduates of this type of course have advanced to become medical consultants within the NHS, or General Practitioners; within nursing to advance to become specialist nurse practitioners and nurse consultants; within Counselling & Psychotherapy to become consultant psychosexual therapists and to then move into teaching.

To progress onto the MSc from the PGCert students must pass an interview and receive a satisfactory status with a DBS Check. The placement in the second year will give students a wonderful opportunity to experience psychosexual therapy in practice and will also have the opportunity to learn from the required supervision which currently stands at 1.5 hours supervision for every 6 hours client work.

All immediate teaching staff involved with this course were trained on the fore-runner to this programme when it ran at UCLan until 2006 and each achieved a minimum of a pass with Merit. Peter Cardew currently works as a consultant psychosexual therapist in Manchester; Dr Karl Hollows is a Clinical Specialist in Stafford; Janice Lamb now works as a Psychosexual Therapist for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Carole Roberts is now Principal Psychosexual Therapist and Service Lead Psychosexual Service - SHARE – (Sexual Help & Relationship Enhancement) Community Health Services Division, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.



Students will have the opportunity to undertake a psychosexual placement within an existing NHS Psychosexual Therapy service although students (mainly doctors) who choose to undertake their practice within an existing service will have on going support provided by the university via placement audits and personal tutor support.  Within the psychosexual placement you will receive on-going supervisory support in the ration of 1.5 hours supervision/6 hours of client therapy.

In terms of possible career paths, successful graduates will be eligible to apply for positions as a qualified Psychosexual Therapist and to work towards the completion of COSRT/UKCP Accreditation.

Graduates of this programme may wish to progress further onto research-based academic qualifications (e.g. MPhil/PhD).

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2019/20

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

Lecturer are all practitioners with a number of psychosexual therapy service providers.  This means that students will be receiving current and up-to-date information relating to practice.  Peter Cardew (Course Leader) works one day each week as a Psychosexual Therapist for Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust

The organisations concerned in this are:-

  • Community Health Services Division for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cheshire & Wirral Partnership, Medicine & Therapy Services NHS Foundation Trust

The vast majority of your placement/s will be within these possible placements and which will give you valuable experience of working within NHS setting and which will assist your experience for when you may be applying for work positions on Graduation.

Professional Accreditation

This would mean that the requirement to have completed 320 hours of psychosexual practice in order to apply to COSRT to become an Accredited Member would be reduced to 200 hours (the 120 hours minimum, completed as a requirement of the course would count towards the overall total).

Interim Course Approval has been granted by the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy (COSRT) and is currently ‘Approval Pending’ on the COSRT website.

 For students who complete the MSc, over four years, and are successful in completing COSRT accreditation, and who meet UKCP’s further requirements, may then be eligible for UKCP registration.

Learning Environment and Assessment

All Course materials will be available via Blackboard (UCLan’s intranet system).

Year 1 will be taught on campus during week-long modules. The delivery will involve lectures, discussions, presentations, ‘flipped classes’, skills based teaching.

Year 2 will be delivered in the same way but will include more practice-based sessions whilst on placement.

All members of the Course team are involved in on-going psychosexual practice whilst many are involved in either research or writing in academic journals or via conferences.

As a requirement of the course, students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of direct client contact within an agreed psychosexual clinic/setting. Placements are generally within Lancashire and the Northwest of England however they may be negotiated elsewhere within the United Kingdom.

Our current graduates are working as Medical Consultants with psychosexual therapy input within the NHS; as Psychosexual Therapy Consultants/Managers; and also as Lecturers/Senior Lectured within Higher Education.


“The course was tremendous and enabled me to satisfy the conditions required and to attain the position of consultant in psychosexual medicine” (Graduate).

“The teaching and knowledge was up-to-date and we learned so much and has really helped me in my career” (Graduate)