Psychological Intelligence Foundation CIC

MSc Professional Development -

MSc in Professional Development
(DTA) or TA Psychotherapy (TAP)

This programme is a work-based, very practical programme for those wishing to develop their competence in the professional application of transactional analysis, as developers (e.g coach, counsellor, teacher, trainer, facilitator, consultant, mediator, social worker, human resource professional or as psychotherapists).

The programme is based on attendance of interactive webinars, with occasional attendance at workshops, alongside professional application of the TA which is evidenced in portfolios and case studies, plus professional supervision, and takes 3-4 years, although it can be spread over a longer period if necessary.

The programme is structured in the form of various modules that represent the ways in which TA is applied professionally, with a first level focus on the wide range of TA concepts, the second level extending this to consider the contextual implications, and the final level involving the presentation of a case study of a significant intervention that has been conducted as a researcher/practitioner.

The way the programme is structured means that there is considerable flexibility for students to determine their own ways of using TA within their professional role; there are no invented projects being done just for the sake of getting a qualification.

For the MSc, it is anticipated that students will begin by undertaking the Certificate and Diploma levels, which represent half of the MSc requirements; however, those who already hold international TA qualifications may be able to go straight to the MSc level on the basis of accreditation of prior learning.  The CTA international TA accreditation forms an optional extra for students who have already completed the MSc, or an alternative for those who are not seeking a UK university accreditation.

For coaches, the programme can fulfil the academic requirements for the European Mentoring & Coaching Council accreditation as Master Practitioner ( EMCC EIA Master Practitioner).

The first year of the programme is also appropriate for professionals who already have enough (non-TA) qualifications but would like to add transactional analysis to their repertoire and obtain DTA Practitioner accreditation, for managers wishing to obtain Chartered Manager status or an ILM Diploma in Leadership & Management, and for anyone who wants to develop their own interpersonal skills and increase their understanding and awareness of the dynamics of childhood development, relationships, teams, families, organisations, institutions, communities. 

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Course Summary

Course Duration: 
3-4 years depending on level of professional activity
(Incl Certificate and Diploma levels/years)

International interactive webinars with occasional workshops in Hertford UK, and  sometimes in other countries
Some hours with other TA-qualified trainers may be credited 

Rolling programme of dates for webinars, so you can at start any time
(See below, ​or Contact Us to discuss your options)

Programme Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements to join the program

During the program, you will be expected to submit portfolios of evidence of work that you have done, accompanied by reflective commentaries that also demonstrate theoretical understanding

Evidence submitted may be in any language but must be accompanied by reflective commentaries in English

MSc Course Overview

These summaries are presented here for guidance only.​  See the  the ICTAQ Professional Qualifications Handbook for more details.  A University Prospectus will be provided before any MSc contract is entered into.

Year 1 of MSc - (Also Certificate in DTA or TAP)

Professional Intervention

Core Themes in TA 

Individual Development

Interactions & Relationships

Group Processes

Organisations and Institutions

Importance of contracting, boundaries and groundrules, ethics & professional practices

Overview of all concepts, how they link, history & development of TA

Structural analysis, script matrix and related concepts, life positions, cycles of development, discounting, racket system, autonomy

Functional analysis, diagnosis of ego states, transactional analysis proper, strokes, time structuring, games and rackets, symbiosis

Group imagoes, leadership and followership, time structuring, games, stroking patterns group and family dynamics

TA organisational diagrams and models, systemic TA approaches, games, stroking and ego state patterns in organisations

Year 2 of MSc - (Also Diploma in DTA or TAP )

Process Skills


Applying TA in Context

Practitioner Skills -Consulting, Coaching & Facilitating

Practitioner Skills -Learning, Teaching & Training

Practitioner Skills - Psychotherapy

Developing Skills in Others

Analysing self, others, groups and organisations, interventions, transference and countertransference, projection, models and processes of supervision, parallel process

Research methods, qualitative and quantitative research, process and outcome research, critical reviews, research within TA and comparable research elsewhere, establishing and conducting research studies

Diagnosing, selecting, planning and implementing appropriate range of TA concepts in a specific context  combining TA and other approaches, critiquing the process

How change occurs at individual, group and organisational levels, contrasting TA with other approaches

Learning by children and adults, philosophies of education and training, principles of learning, contrasting TA with other approaches

Aligning TA psychotherapy approaches (schools) to clients as individuals, couples, families, contrasting TA with other diagnostic and therapeutic approaches

Personal and work skills such as leadership, parenting, assertiveness, time management, problem solving and decision making, creativity, contrasting TA with other approaches

Year 3+ of MSc Professional Development (Developmental TA)

As agreed with programme staff

Certificate and Diploma levels are as above, with additional requirement to produce reflective essays. 

Masters level requires attendance at a selection of Certificate and Diploma sessions but with learning now directed towards development of professional competence and design and implementation of research-based case study that is also a professional application of TA.

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If you want to apply for the MSc, you need to have completed the certificate and diploma levels, or provide us with evidence of appropriate prior learning.  Click here for the application form.