Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Goldsmiths, University of London · Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

Entry requirements

The MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therpay would accept applications from individuals at various stages of their professional training. Those who are not already accredited with the BACP (or equivalent) will be expected to enter at year one and those with very limited relevant experience will be expected to take the first year part-time option to give them the most opportunity to develop their psychotherapeutic experience. Those applicants who do already have BACP (or equivalent) accreditation and wish to gain BABCP accreditation will be able to enter the second year of the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy on the condition that they have the necessary APEL credits.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) aims to provide students with a structured training where students can systematically acquire the knowledge and skills needed to practice as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

On the course students will be able to progressively build their confidence and competence to take them from a novice to accredited practitioner, with both the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP).

Uniquely on this course students will be strongly encouraged to evaluate Cognitive Behavioural theory and practice, which will include an emphasis on understanding the relationship of CBT to other psychotherapeutic modalities and on the tailoring of interventions to individual needs. As such this training in CBT is presented within a broader framework of critical and positive psychology.

The course also aims to develop students understanding of the impact of contextual and structural factors, particularly in terms of the impact of inherent power differentials, upon the formation and resolution of individual psychological difficulties. This also includes the influence of contextual factors upon the practice of CBT itself and the examination of the way in which CBT can contribute to the prevention and amelioration of the negative impact ofthese. As such particular focus is given to developing a flexible and creative approach to the practice CBT to effectively respond to individual, social and cultural diversity. In addition the course seeks to broaden the focus of understanding away from only addressing psychopathology to a broader view of the practice of CBT that includes the optimization of individual well-being.

*Suitable applicants without core profession (e.g. psychology/BAPS graduates) will be able to enter a 2 year course which will enable them to gain both BACP and BABCP accreditation. Those with a core profession (e.g. counsellors, nurses, GP, and also social workers and community and youth workers), will be able, pending basic skills and suitability, to choose to enter into Year 2 and receive a BABCP accreditation.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Juston Parker