Entry requirements

All students entering at the start of the course should possess (i) and (ii) with either (iii) or (iv), plus (v):

(i) a core profession qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of being able to complete the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements,


(ii) foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and some experience of providing structured psychological therapies or interventions,

and either

(iii) a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above (or equivalent),


(iv) the ability to study successfully at postgraduate level, demonstrated through a portfolio of evidence of previous written work produced in a training or work context,


(v) ready access to suitable clients: clients with common mental-health (CMH) presentation of anxiety and depression for our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and CMH problem pathway, clients with CMH presentations and clients with complex difficulties for our CBT and Complex Difficulties pathway, and clients with CMH presentations and children and young people (CYP) for our CYP pathway. Note that clinical placements may be available with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to complete the practice element.

In order to be accepted on the course you must also pass an interview.

Applications for this course are competitive and can close early. We therefore recommend an early application - ideally by April.

Months of entry


Course content

This course equips you with a critical understanding of cognitive behavioural models of:

  • anxiety disorders
  • depression
  • psychosis
  • personality difficulties.

You’ll develop the skills to deliver high-quality and creative cognitive behavioural interventions across this range of problems.

This course is offered in partnership between the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
clinical activity reports, clinical commentary60

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 876638