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Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

This MSc will prepare you to practice in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) – one of the leading treatments for a wide range of mental health issues.

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as the treatment of choice for a range of mental health issues. Our MSc is a progressive professional training programme which will give you the advanced skills and knowledge needed to practice as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

We’ve designed this programme to meet the minimum training requirements of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) for training Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists.

You’ll gain an understanding of key concepts and theories in CBP, evaluate different approaches to solving problems, and integrate theory and practice as you plan your future academic, professional and personal development. This course is ideal for those working in the medical profession, social work, psychologists, counsellors, mental health nurses, psychotherapists and others with experience and an interest in mental health.

Why study with us

  • You’ll be taught by staff with a wide range of expertise and skills within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
  • The course leadership and teaching is overseen by a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural therapist.
  • The MSc prepares you for working with a wide range of mental health and complex mental health needs.

What you'll do

  • You’ll undertake a clinical placement, completing 200+ therapeutic hours in a professional setting.
  • You will access clinical supervision from an BABCP accredited therapist, and your supervisor will assess your clinical practice.
  • You will receive over 200 hours of teaching and this will be delivered using a blended approach to your learning with an emphasis on clinical skill development.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise


  • This course has been designed to meet the minimum training standards of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. BABCP is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK.

Future Careers

After completing this course you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to advance your career as a professional Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. 

As a cognitive behavioural therapist, you may be able to develop your career in the NHS and once you have secured your accreditation work as either a band 6 or band 7 therapist.

As an accredited therapist you will also be able to develop your own private practice or secure employment within the voluntary or third sector.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£7100 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£7800 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery located in the Faculty of Health and Care

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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