Taught course

Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development)

London South Bank University · Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Entry requirements

A UK first degree (2.1 or above) in a related field and a professional qualification such as PWPs, nurse, counselling psychologist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker etc; OR a UK first degree (2.1 or above) in Psychology or health related subject plus substantial experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Applicants who have completed six modules that comprise the PGDip Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) at LSBU will progress directly onto the MSc if requested.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) provides you with the theory and practical skills to become a qualified researcher, in addition to being a competent CBT practitioner.

You will first need to complete the 6 modules of the PGDip of 20 credits each (a total of 120 credits), after which you may request to be enrolled on the MSc. In the MSc year, you will do two further research modules.


  • Fundamentals of CBT;
  • Advanced CBT Protocols for the Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety;
  • Advanced CBT Protocols for the Assessment and Treatment of Depression, Suicidality and Low Self-esteem;
  • Introduction to Positive Psychology;
  • CBT Interventions for Resilience and Positive Development;
  • Research in Health and Social Care;
  • Dissertation (60 credits).


You will need to have regular access to adult clients/ patients who suffer from mild to moderate depression and anxiety. You will also normally need some access to clients presenting with complex mental health issues. To complete the course you will have treated a minimum of 8 clients/patients from assessment to the end of therapy. You will need to find for yourself an organisation where you will have access to patients.

Clinical Supervision

You will need a BABCP accredited supervisor who can supervise your practice on a monthly basis. You will need to find and engage this person yourself. Please see the BABCP Register. The University will also provide some clinical supervision for you. Together these supervision hours will contribute to your supervision log in case you wish to pursue the path to BABCP accreditation. You will need a total of 40 hours of supervision (inclusive of 20 hours supervision of the PG Cert) to pass the PG Dip.

Research Supervision

You will be allocated a research supervisor from within the University.


In addition to having already obtained or being eligible to apply for BABCP accreditation, at the end of the MSc you will have a research-practitioner degree. You will be able to practice in the NHS and in private practice. Your services will be in great demand as you will have unparalleled competence in furthering the well-being of the general public. In addition to the above you will have research competence and also be able to apply for academic positions as a lecturer and/or a researcher. You may then wish to continue your studies in the form of a PhD.

Information for international students

You must have an English language qualification before starting a programme of study at London South Bank University. Acceptable qualifications include IELTS Level 6.5 or TOEFL 580.

Fees and funding

For up to date fees information, please see our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

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