Taught course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Staffordshire University · Life Sciences and Education

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the award are:

1) Evidence of successful completion and award of a BABCP level 2 accredited postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Level 7) from an institution of Higher Education.

2) A contractual role (full-time or fractional) or long-term voluntary placement that sees you working as a CBT practitioner in a healthcare organisation or private CBT practice.

3) For all stages of the award, it is necessary for participants to have access to a PC with Internet connection (to allow Blackboard access and e-mail contact for communication with award tutors and administrators).

4) Access to Skype (or similar) to participate in online supervision and tutorials.

If your first language is not English, you need to evidence:

  • a minimum score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing and listening modules) in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries


  • a minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English)


• Cambridge Proficiency Grade C

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) will provide you with an understanding of research theory, practice, and give you an opportunity to explore CBT’s empirical status. This award will be a ‘top-up’ to your BABCP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Our MSc top-up course provides a focused and critical examination of CBT practice, policy and research. Through two specialist modules, you’ll broaden your knowledge of the issues and practices that are developing within the field of CBT to an expert level. You’ll learn to critically appraise current and new CBT developments, as well as evaluating the policies and directives that may have sparked their emergence, in order to develop your capacity to provide constructive input and bring about change in the health service.

The course has been designed to give you the opportunity to develop competencies in the processes of systematic and analytical enquiry into the theories and practices of CBT, to improve your own practice. The specific programme has been designed to support individuals whose work, home commitments or location make it challenging to physically attend university. This course provides an opportunity for you to collaborate with staff and your peers in a dynamic learning environment, engage with content directly via video lectures, synchronous and asynchronous text and audio discussions supported by 24/7 access to a range of online resources.

The Master of Science in CBT award has been designed to provide attractive, flexible CPD opportunities for professionals who have already undertaken a British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) level 2 accredited Postgraduate Diploma, who are working in health service organisations or private practice.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    distance learning
    7 months
      part time
      7 months

      Course contact details

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