Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Counselling

University of Suffolk

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Entry requirements

  • All applicants must hold a degree (or where relevant have worked at degree level and provide a post qualification portfolio) and have relevant clinical experience in the health and social care field of at least two years. For example, students with a core profession in Health or Social Care field.
  • As entry to the Counselling subject area does require specific subject knowledge, applicants are expected to have achieved an appropriate introductory course in counselling.
  • Students will be 21 or over at the start of the course although in exceptional circumstances applicants will be accepted below this age if they can demonstrate an appropriate level of maturity.
  • All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above.
  • Entry is by interview and appropriate references.
  • Any offer of a place will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Students will require placement in a counselling setting that enables them to complete 100 hours of clinical practice which will commence from the second semester of year one.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc programme in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Counselling is an advanced professional and clinical training for students who wish to practice as psychotherapists offering cognitive behaviour therapy and psychodynamic therapy.

Having this dual track approach to understanding mental health widens opportunities to work in a wide range of mental health settings, both statutory, voluntary and private. The course enables the capacity to work from different theoretical approaches to understanding both research and its application to clinical theory and practice.

A dissertation will allow you to explore your integrative approach to therapy and evidence-based practice. The course will enable you to work towards applications for BACP registration and accreditation, and British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accreditation.

There is a substantial evidence base for offering cognitive therapies for a range of psychological diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. This MSc also offers you the opportunity to practice approaches to time limited psychodynamic therapy with an evidence base for depression.

Information for international students

International Requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

01473 338833