Teaching will differ for both CBT applicants and the IAPT applicants.
The information below generally refers to those who apply directly for the PgDip/MSc in CBT - information may differ for those who have been interviewed to undertake the IAPT route. For IAPT please apply here
About the course
The MSc Cognitive Behaviour Therapy course is an exciting and innovative course, delivered by an enthusiastic team of Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapists and lecturers. The course structure is designed to give you the option to study for:
• a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) in CBT
• a full Master’s degree (MSc) in CBT
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is suitable for health and social care professionals who are aiming for accreditation as Cognitive Behaviour Therapists. To be a successful candidate you will already have experience working in mental health settings, providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions.
Typically our students bring significant experience in their own field of work as Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, medical doctors, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, and Counsellors.
Overview of the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Non-IAPT route
The PgDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is delivered part time over two academic years to facilitate the development of knowledge and application of CBT in stages. Module delivery is on one day per week. For 22/23 academic year this will be a Wednesday.
The first year of the course is focused on giving you the clinical skills and academic understanding that you need in order to function as competent cognitive behavioural therapists. Typical modules include:
• Foundations in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy,
• Common Mental Health problems 1
• Beginning with CBT supervision
In the second year, you develop competence in more complex client presentations and you also develop greater competency in clinical skills. Typical modules include:
• CBT for common mental health problems 2
• Continuing with CBT supervision
The use of the CTS-R is prevalent throughout the PgDip Behaviour Therapy (CBT) programme to measure and provide feedback for your development. For eligibility of the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP) accreditation, you must satisfy the supervision requirements including completing a portfolio of practice.
The postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is accredited at Level two by the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies. This means that the course fulfils all requirements so that you can gain provisional accreditation.
How you can gain a Master’s degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
We very much hope you will “top up” your PGDip by completing the MSc in CBT. To gain this Master’s degree you will need to study for a third year. In this final year. You will complete a 15 credit research module and a 45 credit dissertation module. These are delivered on one day per week.
Throughout your study, you will be facilitated to develop intellectual and critical thinking in evaluating the evidence that underpins your knowledge and the practice of CBT interventions.
When you graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy you will be eligible to gain accreditation from the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), provided that you satisfy the supervision requirements including completing a portfolio of practice.
As a qualified and accredited CBT therapist, you will be ready for a rewarding career within a variety of settings including the NHS, private or voluntary sectors
Students who graduate with our postgraduate diploma can return to “top up” to a full MSc CBT. This involves by completing a research and a dissertation module, usually part time over one academic year.
Our CBT academic team include those able to support and supervise students wishing to engage in doctoral level study and research by, for example, undertaking a PhD.
This course is £1,530.00 per 15 credits. This relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU Overseas/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. Please note that some modules within this programme are charged at a premium rate and details can be found at the link above. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Gov.uk Master’s Loan
Entry requirements and key information
The entry requirements for the course are:
• A core qualification as defined by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), plus a good first degree (a minimum of second class) that relates to working with mental health service users, plus 3 years post qualifying practice experience in a health or social care setting to allow for consolidation of learning
• A good first degree (a minimum of second class) in a health-related topic or equivalent plus a minimum of four years practice experience in a health or social care setting to allow for consolidation of learning. If you don’t possess a core profession you will need to present evidence that you meet KSA criteria prior to an offer being made on the course. A KSA portfolio will be required from you at the end of the first year.
Details of what constitutes a core profession can be found at https://babcp.com/Accreditation/Provisional-Accreditation/Core-Professions. This site also provides details of KSA.
All applicants will attend an interview with as part of the selection process. You also need a professional and or academic reference to ensure that your application is supported.
You will need to secure your own access to a suitable adult client group and have access to external CBT clinical supervision. This can be in the NHS, private or voluntary sector. Alternatively, evidence needs to be provided that you can conduct CBT-sessions with clients in your current work environment.
If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.