Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy MSc

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy MSc

School of Community Health and Midwifery


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    Part time: 3 years, One half day per week

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Why study this programme?

The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) is an advanced training programme which is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to undertake a Masters level course that prepares them to practice as Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists

This programme has been specifically designed to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in core theoretical and empirical areas of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

As part of this innovative Master’s programme students will study the fundamental theories of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as advanced cognitive behavioural skills.

This course welcomes students from a range of disciplines. It is aimed at those working in the medical profession, social work, psychologists, counsellors’ psychotherapists and others with experience and an interest in mental health.

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Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (2:2) in a health and social care or related area including experience in a relevant field.

  • Applicants with a core profession in Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychiatry, Clinical or Counselling Psychology will require at least two years of experience in working with vulnerable adults and/or those with mental health problems.
  • Individuals without a recognised core profession can be considered through the development of a Knowledge, Skills and Attitude (KSA) portfolio of evidence (submitted at interview) plus at least two years of post-qualification experience in mental health consistent with admission guidelines provided by the BABCP.

Candidates must have proficiency in the English language with a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent qualifications.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • CG4023 Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • CG4021 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 1

Year 2

  • CG4022 Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy 2
  • NU4025 Introduction to Postgraduate Research

Year 3

  • NU4053 Dissertation

Further Information

The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is aimed at developing a broad knowledge base and a range of subject specific, cognitive, behavioural and key transferable skills. You are expected to show understanding of key concepts and theories in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, the ability to evaluate different approaches to solving problems, and the presentation of knowledge to support structured arguments, to integrate theory and practice and to reflect on and take responsibility for your own learning and development. This will enable you to plan your future professional and personal development.

The core theoretical and empirical basis of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (i.e. theories, models and approaches to treatment) is delivered by a range of BABCP Registered Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, expert academics and clinicians across a wide range of specialities. The course content emphasises the importance of evidence-based working with a focus on developing and advancing CBT clinical skills and competencies. 

The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is divided into two single modules, two double modules and a three module research dissertation. The first two years is primarily focused on advancing students’ knowledge and the development of clinical skills in line with the Minimum Training Standards of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

The course addresses the development of applied skills through embedding core knowledge directly into clinical contexts including common and complex mental health issues within role play and case study review. A critical area in students’ skills development will be developing their competence in reflection and clinical communication, learning how to adapt their style for different client groups.

As a requirement of the course students are required to complete a minimum 200 hours’ direct client contact within an agreed clinical placement. 

How to Apply

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If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

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Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Professional Accreditation

The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy has been designed to meet the Minimum Training Standards of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Learning Environment and Assessment

Theoretical knowledge and clinical competence in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy will be developed through a combination of lectures and workshops, clinical supervision, self practice/self-reflection tutorials and written assignments. role-play, audio-visual methods, case study review, and problem-based learning. You will also be expected to engage in independent learning, prepare materials before class, and access materials from our online virtual learning platform: Blackboard.

Smaller group sessions, such as seminars and group workshops enable students to explore key issues from the curriculum, both to improve their understanding of the content and to develop their skills.  Students are encouraged to prepare material in advance of sessions, to exchange information as part of a peer network, and to reflect upon their understanding.  Independent study will also be incorporated, as well as research supervision to assist with the production of a high-quality research project

Learning outcomes will be assessed on the submission of essays, presentations, practical assignments, reflective reports, case studies and standardised rating of recorded therapy sessions. Problem based learning exercises may be used to facilitate skill development.


Graduates of this programme may wish to progress further onto research based academic qualifications (Doctorate or PhD).