To attend this course, you must have a relevant core mental health profession or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge and experience, along with having access to a work setting in which it is possible to carry out three days a week of face-to-face, supervised CBT practice and audio/video record client sessions for assessment in the academic setting.
Months of entry
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a current form of evidence-based psychological therapy recommended by NICE as a first line intervention for many psychological disorders.
This MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aims to increase students’ knowledge base of theory and research in CBT, and to promote a critical approach to the subject. The course also provides practical, intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skills development to a defined standard of competence. The course is a Level 2 course in CBT and as such “provides all the necessary training so that on graduation from Level 2 courses, individuals will have received the training required to fulfil BABCP's Minimum Training Standards'
The training aims to help students to achieve the level of theoretical knowledge, reflective abilities and clinical skills to work as psychological therapists, using evidence based cognitive behaviour therapy methods in their work.
- 14 places each year are funded by Health Education England
- From January 2017 there will be a Self-funding option
- Next cohort PgD starts January 2017
- First cohort MSc Top-up starts May 2016
- The Top-up to MSc (HLST133) is not available to international students
Why choose this course?
This course aims to train students to deliver CBT to people with depression and anxiety. Successful completion of the training equips individuals to be skilled and independent CBT practitioners. In addition to providing practical, intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skills development to a defined standard of competence, the course aims to increase trainees’ knowledge base of theory and research in CBT, and to promote a critical approach to the subject.
The programme is delivered by experienced and accredited lecturer/practitioners in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. The award provides an excellent foundation for achieving accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.
For further information on this course, please contact Dr Katherine Simons : +44 (0) 24 7765 7806
What will I learn?
On the course you will learn how to:
- Construct maintenance and developmental CBT conceptualisations for depression and anxiety disorders
- Develop CBT-specific treatment plans
- Practise CBT with depression and anxiety disorders systematically, creatively and with good clinical outcomes
- Deal with complex issues arising in CBT practice
- Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving therapeutic problems
- Practise as ‘scientist practitioners’, advancing your knowledge and understanding and develop new skills to a high level
- Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the principles of CBT and the evidence base for the application of CBT techniques
- Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of CBT for depression and anxiety disorders
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical and research evidence for cognitive behavioural models and an ability to evaluate the evidence
- Demonstrate an ability to adapt CBT sensitively, and to ensure equitable access for people from diverse cultures and with different values.
- Display competence in research methodology and data analysis
For the award of PgD CBT students will need to complete four modules:
- Module 1: Fundamentals of CBT
- Module 2: CBT for Anxiety
- Module 3: CBT for Depression
- Module 4: Personal and Professional Development
For the award of MSc CBT students will need to complete one additional module:
- Module 5: Research Methodology
How will this course be taught?
The course is modular, offered on a part-time basis, and is delivered through a combination of university attendance, clinical supervision in the place of employment, and access to online learning materials.
Students will normally complete the PgD Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in one year and must pass all four modules and complete a portfolio before they enter the second year and enrol on the MSc (Top-up). Students will normally complete the MSc (Top-up) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in one year.
The course is taught through a range of teaching styles and opportunities, providing both an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of relevant materials and an opportunity to develop clinical competence.
- Supervised Clinical Placement
- Academic Lectures
- Skills Workshops
- Individual and group clinical supervision both within the clinical setting and within the university
- Guided self-study
- Individual tutorials
How will I be assessed?
For the award of PgD CBT six assignments must be successfully completed during the course:
- One literature review
- Two case studies
- Two process reports
- One reflective report
The final practice portfolio is submitted on completion of year one.
For the award of MSc CBT an additional two assignments must be successfully completed:
- Research Proposal
- Systematic Literature Review
Information for international students
The Top-up to MSc (HLST133) is not available to international students.
Fees and funding
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Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Dr Katherine Simons
- 024 77657630/ 77657806