MSc in Psychotherapy

Masters’ Degree Course in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy

Successful MSc and Postgraduate Diploma students from The Berne Institute, pictured at Middlesex University graduation ceremony, July 2015

We offer an MSc in TA Psychotherapy, validated by Middlesex University. This programme is quality assured by Middlesex and you will receive a Middlesex MSc award on successful completion and can graduate at the university.

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 examinationFind out more….  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 Find out more…; if you have already completed some TA training, you may be eligible to enter the course in a more advanced year.  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. Download MSc Programme spec (PDF)…

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. More about APL…

Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling

We also offer a Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in TA Counselling, validated by Middlesex University. This programme is quality assured by Middlesex and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. 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. Find out more…

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).


For details of current fees for our on-going courses, please see the our Fees page.  Find out more…

Principal Trainers at The Berne Institute

Our trainers are all experienced trainers and practitioners.   Find out more…

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 United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA).

Enrolment and further information

If you would like to apply for the MSc course, or wish further information on APL, please contact us using our contact page.  Contact us…