The Berne Institute
in collaboration with
Masters' Degree Course in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
We offer an MSc in TA Psychotherapy, validated by Middlesex University. (Pictured above are successful MSc and Postgraduate Diploma students at the Middlesex graduation ceremony, July 2013, with "Berne" Co-Director Ian Stewart. From left: Michelle Hyams-Ssekasi, Carrie White, Naomi Evans, Lisa Topliss, Ian, Sue Steady, Anna Mazowiecka, Alan Jones, Laura Davies and John Baxendale. Two more recipients of the MSc, Sue McMenamin and John Savage, both from New Zealand, had got separated from their colleagues in the swirling crowds after the graduation ceremony. Luckily they were able to rejoin us and are pictured separately on our APL page.)
Work for the Masters’ degree is closely integrated with the framework of training and examination for accreditation as Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA). MSc students follow our existing well-established TA Psychotherapy training course (ten weekends per year), which leads to the CTA examination. (For full details of the TA Psychotherapy training course, please go to our Psychotherapy training course page). The final written and oral examinations for the CTA are also the final examinations for the award of the MSc. Students on the Masters’ course will also have a number of written assignments formally assessed as they progress through the course.
The intake point for new applicants to the MSc taught course is in September of each academic year. We typically begin admissions interviews in late Autumn of the previous year and continue interviews through to the Summer. If you are new to TA studies, your entry point is likely to be in the Foundation Year; if you have already completed some TA training, you may be eligible to enter the course in a more advanced year. Please see our Overview page for more information on course details. All admissions are by interview with one of The Berne Institute's Co-Directors.
In line with Middlesex University requirements, the Programme Specification for the MSc course (a standardised course description prescribed by the University for all courses) is available on this web site. To read the Programme Specification (as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file) please click here.
MSc by Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
If you have already qualified as CTA (either at The Berne Institute or at another EATA-accredited centre) you are eligible to apply for the award of MSc via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). As a holder of the CTA qualification, you will automatically be granted 120 credits toward the total of 180 credits required for the Masters' degree. Admissions to the APL route take place throughout the year, and there are currently places available. If you are interested in APL, please see our APL page for further details.
Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling
We also offer a Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in TA Counselling, validated by Middlesex University. Diploma students, like those for the MSc, follow the CTA training course and complete written assignments; but in place of the CTA final examinations, Diploma students are assessed on two short case studies and a sample of their taped work. Please see our Diploma page for details.
Training location and dates
Berne Institute trainings are held at our training centre, Berne House, near Nottingham. Directions, with dates and times for each training course, will be sent on enrolment, and are also available on enquiry from the Course Registrar (address and telephone number below).
Principal Trainers at The Berne Institute
The principal trainers on The Berne Institute’s courses are Ian Stewart and Adrienne Lee, Co-Directors of The Institute, together with Associate Director Mark Widdowson and Academic Tutor and Supervisor Frances Townsend. For more detail on our principal trainers, please go to our page Meet the Training Faculty.
Associate trainers and visiting trainers also contribute to the programme. All trainers on The Berne Institute's on-going courses are accredited by the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) and the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA), and are UKCP Registered Psychotherapists and Professional Members of the UK's Institute of Transactional Analysis (ITA).
Enrolment and further information
If you would like to apply for the MSc course, or wish further information on APL, please write or call: The Course Registrar, The Berne Institute, Berne House, 29 Derby Road, Kegworth DE74 2EN (tel./fax 01509-673649). Alternatively, you can email us here >>. When you are contacting the Course Registrar, it would be very helpful for us if you could give a brief indication of your existing TA qualifications.